Peter Lieberson's
Songs of Love and Sorrow
commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra
premiere: March 25, 2010
Gerard Finley, baritone; Boston Symphony Orchestra/Jayce Ogren, conducting

text by Pablo Neruda
from Cien sonetos de amor
(100 Love Sonnets)
Translated by Stephen Tapscott

piano/vocal score copyright © 2010 Associated Music Publishers
International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved.
Warning: Unauthorized reproduction of this publication is
prohibited by Federal law and subject to criminal prosecution.

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Movement 5
Sonnet 82 "Amor mío, al cerrar esta puerta nocturna..."
(As we close this nocturnal door, my love...)

 

 

 

 

As we close this nocturnal door, my love,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come with me, through the shadowy places.

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Close your dreams, Love, enter my eyes with your skies,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

spread out through my blood like a wide river.

 

 

 

 

 

Good-bye to the cruel...

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...daylight, which dropped
into the gunneysack of the past, each day of it.

 

 

 

Good-bye to every ray of watches or of oranges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O shadow, my intermittent friend, welcome!

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O shadow, my intermittent friend, welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

In this ship,

 

 

 

 

or water, or death, or new life, we are united again,...

 

 

...asleep, resurrected:
we are the night's marriage...

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...in the blood.

I don't know who lives or dies, who rests

 

 

 

or wakes, but it is your heart...

 

 

 

 

...that distributes all the graces...

 

 

 

 

...of the daybreak (of the daybreak), in my breast.

 

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we are united again, asleep, resurrected:

 

 

 

 

we are the night's marriage in the blood.

I don't know...

 

 

 

...who it is who lives or dies, who rests or wakes,

Good-bye, good-bye,

 

 

good-bye.