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Feb292012

If I...

1996 | soprano/piano or mezzo-soprano/piano version; contralto/piano version in progress

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 4 of Four Dickinson Songs

Also see Bruce Rosenblum's choral arrangement of this piece.

Listen to Lori Laitman and Jennifer Holbrook perform "If I...".

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • You can push the tempo from m. 1 into m. 2 if you like.
  • in the piano solo from m. 22 - 30, the melody should be brought out, and the pianist should relax the tempo from the pickup to m. 28 until the downbeat of m. 30.
  • from m. 38-39, there can be a slight broadening.
  • In newer versions I am much more specific regarding pedal markings. If you'd like a complete listing, please email me. Otherwise, the most important detail is to hold the piano pedal down for the last 2 measures of the song, so that the low E flat sound remains.