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Acquainted with the Night
for soprano, violin and piano

Duration: 4 minutes

Year: 2019

Composed for soprano Estelí Gomez

Program Note

Acquainted with the Night was composed for Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez for her residency at the University of Oregon in Fall 2019. The piece is based on Robert Frost's poem of the same title. 

Acquainted with the Night

by Robert Frost

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.


Performed by Estelí Gomez, Elizabeth Frazier, and Joanne S. Na


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