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Michael Cayley
20th - century
Great Britain, England
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M. Cayley
Michael Cayley (20th century), an English composer.
Cayley: "I am an amateur composer, choral singer and pianist, who has taken up composing again following early retirement after composing little since I left school."
Period:21st century
Composed in:2002
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina Rossetti
A setting for alto and piano of one of Christina Rossetti's most famous poems, Requiem.
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was a female British poet. She wrote a poem called Requiem or Song

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.

Chr. Rossetti