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Martin Kalmanoff
1920 - 2007
United States of America, NY
M. Kalmanoff
Martin Kalmanoff (24/03/1920 - 14/07/2007) was born in Woodmere, N.Y., where his father was one of the founders of Temple Beth-El. Mr. Kalmanoff studied with Walter Piston at Harvard University, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. His principal instrument was the piano, and he supported himself early on by accompanying, conducting and playing the organ at Temple Beth-El.
Mr. Kalmanoff is the author of The Joy of Prayer, a full Sabbath service that was writen for Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York in 1980. It later was performed at the Kennedy Center and recorded with baritone Sherrill Milnes as the cantorial soloist. Other Jewish-themed works of his include the theatrical presentation The Victory at Masada and King David and David King, a children’s opera about King David.
However, it is for American popular music that Mr. Kalmanoff is most well-known, including Just Say I Love Her, A Night to Remember, At a Sidewalk Penny Arcade and My Dream House. More than 200 recordings of his work have been made by such singers as Dean Martin, Steve Lawrence and Elvis Presley. In addition, Mr. Kalmanoff has written numerous opera/operatic-type pieces — a number of which are for children’s performances — ranging from one-act to full-length productions and art songs, which include a cycle on poetry by Emily Dickinson.
Under the wide and starry sky (Requiem)
Composed in:1960
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
"Under the wide and starry sky" (Requiem), published 1960, for TTBB chorus and piano.
The text of "Requiem" by Stevenson:


Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

R.L. Stevenson