Article " I Bring You Heartsease" by Gena Branscombe

I Bring You Heartsease, 1915, by Gena Branscombe, 1881-1977.
I Bring You Heartsease, 1915. Gena Branscombe, 1881-1977. A. P. Schmidt Collection. Music Division, Library of Congress. Call number: ML1570.B

Also published as a solo song, Branscombe's choral setting (SSA) was issued by Arthur P. Schmidt Co., Boston, in 1915. The text, written by the composer, refers to a variety of flowers shared by lovers in springtime. Heartsease, the progenitor of the cultivated pansy, was most likely the flower that yielded a powerful love potion in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Branscombe's musical setting is smoothly harmonized for women's voices with the tune in the top voice. The climax of the first verse comes with the first sopranos singing a high G in the most widely spaced chord of the piece, "But Ah! My dearest, our love will live when the springtime flowers are gone." A middle section refers to the "flowers of mem'ry," and Branscombe introduces her most chromatic progression, a G-minor chord to an E- major chord, at the mention of "sadness and tears." The opening music returns at "For life cannot hold all our loving." The climactic chord occurs again, this time in the phrase "And the love that is best is the love that has lived when the springtime of youth has gone."

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" I Bring You Heartsease" by Gena Branscombe
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-  Branscombe, Gena
-  Progressive Era to New Era (1900-1929)
-  Songs and Music
-  Parlor and Concert Stage
-  Articles
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Article. Also published as a solo song, Branscombe's choral setting (SSA) was issued by Arthur P. Schmidt Co., Boston, in 1915. The text, written by the composer, refers to a variety of flowers shared by lovers in springtime. Heartsease, the progenitor of the cultivated pansy, was most likely the flower that yielded a powerful love potion in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Branscombe's musical setting is smoothly harmonized for women's voices with the tune in the top voice. The climax of the first verse comes with the first sopranos singing a high G in the most widely spaced chord of the piece, "But Ah! My dearest, our love will live when the springtime flowers are gone." A middle section refers to the "flowers of mem'ry," and Branscombe introduces her most chromatic progression, a G-minor chord to an E- major chord, at the mention of "sadness and tears." The opening music returns at "For life cannot hold all our loving." The climactic chord occurs again, this time in the phrase "And the love that is best is the love that has lived when the springtime of youth has gone."
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