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Ernest Whyte
1858 - 1922
Canada
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E. Whyte
Ernest Whyte (1858 - 23/11/1922), a Canadian composer, born in Perth (Ontario). He studied piano with Martin Krause at the Leipzig Conservatory before assuming, in Ottawa, a teaching position at the Martin Krause School of Pianoforte Playing and Singing and at the Ottawa Conservatory. He composed over 250 songs inspired by German romanticism.
Requiem
Period:Expressionism
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:R.L. Stevenson
This song is Whyte's opus 71 no. 1. The text of this song by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), an American poet. Appropriately it was Stevenson's own short poem, ‘Requiem’ (1880, from an 1887 collection), that was written on his tomb:
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie...
Author:Richard Dury
The text of "Requiem" by Stevenson:

Requiem

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.


The text of this poem has been used by Sidney Homer, Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, Ernest Whyte, Jonathan Lovenstein, Edward Bell, David Bedford and Luke Zaccaro.
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R.L. Stevenson (text)