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Gerald R. Kechley
1919 - aft.2002
United States of America, WA
G.R. Kechley
Gerald R. Kechley (1919 - aft 2002), an American composer. In 1955 he became a member of the composition faculty of the university of Washington School of music, retiring in 1989.
Author:Neil Butterworth
Source:Dictionary of American Classical Composers
Gerald Kechley is a Seattle-born composer and Professor Emeritus, University of Washington School of Music, where he taught theory and composition from 1955-89. Prior to that time, he taught at the University of Michigan and served as Director of Music at Centralia Junior College. He studied composition with George F. McKay and Aaron Copland, has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, several ASCAP Serious Music Awards, and a variety of other honors. His sons, David Kechley, currently Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music Department at Williams College, and Robert Kechley of Seattle, are also established composers who have received a number of commissions and performances. Gerald Kechley's works have been commissioned and performed by the Seattle Symphony and George Gershwin Memorial Foundation, Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West. Wenatchee Valley Symphony Associa­ tion, Northwest Chamber Chorus, St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, and University of Portland, among others. Publications include works for band, piano and percussion. choral works and solo songs. Kechley's compositions, performed throughout the United States and abroad, include an opera, The Golden Lion, premiered by the Univesity of Washington Opera Theater under Stanley Chapple, two symphonies, works for chorus and orchestra, chamber works for piano, woodwinds, and strings, brass and percussion in various combinations, and a .1 large catalog of sacred and secular choral works.
A requiem - Sing no sad songs for me
Composed in:1969
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
"Sing no sad songs", published 1969, for SATB chorus a cappella.
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.

Christina Rossetti
(from Goblin Market and other Poems, published 1862)
Chr. Rossetti
A requiem - When I am dead my dearest
Composed in:1972
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830 - 1894)
"When I am dead", 1972, for soprano and 2 flutes, from Three Rossetti Songs.
Text: see above.