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Alone

A setting of an Edgar Allan Poe poem for The King’s Singers, written as a prequel to The Stolen Child. Here is an excerpt:

Here is The Stolen Child, which in performance immediately follows Alone:

Alone

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were — I have not seen
As others saw — I could not bring
My passions from a common spring —
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow — I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone —
And all I lov’d — I lov’d alone —
Then — in my childhood — in the dawn
Of a most stormy life — was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still —
From the torrent, or the fountain —
From the red cliff of the mountain —
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold —
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by —
From the thunder, and the storm —
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view —

Edgar Allan Poe

  • Justin

    Wow. To think, Edgar Allen Poe Dark poems could be put into music just puts me in a world of Awe. It seems so unheard of but at the same time, it’s like a temptation to do such a thing. The first chord on the MP3 clip already drew me into this poem. It’s just, fascinating in all ways possible. :)

  • Sarah Nicholes

    I’ve always loved Edgar Allen Poe, and this made me love him and your music more :)

  • Michael Murphy

    Eric,

    I wanted to perform your Alone this April at the Idaho Music Educators Conference. Is it available yet?

    Michael Murphy
    Director of Choral Activities
    University of Idaho

    • http://ericwhitacre.com Eric

      Not quite yet, Michael – when would you need to begin rehearsals?

      • Michael Murphy

        Eric, I would need to begin very soon!

        • http://ericwhitacre.com Eric

          Michael, I’m afraid I won’t have an SATB version read in time for you; my apologies. Have you considered my new Oculi Omnium?

          • Michael Murphy

            Eric, thank you for checking. The “Oculi” is beautiful indeed but the “Alone” specifically
            met a need for my convention program.

          • http://ericwhitacre.com Eric

            Ah, I totally understand. Best of luck at the performance, Michael!

  • http://ericwhitacre.com/blog/alone-2 Kris M

    Eric, I am a young aspiring composer, do you have any advice you could give me?

  • http://ericwhitacre.com/blog/alone-2 Kris M

    Listening to your music makes me want to compose :) and I have started composing a song

  • Mitchell L

    Eric, where can I find this sheet music? If it is not in print yet, when will it be available?

    • Ivan Gorin

      The same question. It is not available at musicroom.com yet. :(

  • Shawn Simonson

    Any print of this to be available soon? I’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time now. Spring 2012 was just a little while ago, Eric. ; ] haha

About Eric

Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album in the US and UK charts within a week of release... view full bio