When You Are Old

4- part mixed Choir & Piano, op.10 (4'30)


Lyrics: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)


Written in 2011/2012


Released on CD "EVHS Choirs" of the Eastview High School Choir Department. 

World Premiere: Mai 13, 2012, Grazer Kapellknaben (Graz Boys Choir), Graz, Austria

American Premiere: May 30, 2012, Eastview High School Concert Choir, Minnesota, USA

Commissioned by the Eastview High School Concert Choir, Apple Valley, Minnesota (USA) and the Grazer Kapellknaben (Graz Boys Choir), Graz (Austria)




When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.