Written for the Pacific Chorale, John Alexander director.
Based on the poem 'Longing' from Faded Leaves, by English poet Matthew Arnold. Come to me in my dreams, and then By day I shall be well again! For so the night will more than pay The hopeless longing of the day. Come, as thou cam'st a thousand times, A messenger from radiant climes, And smile on thy new world, and be As kind to others as to me! Or, as thou never cam'st in sooth, Come now, and let me dream it truth, And part my hair, and kiss my brow, And say, My love why sufferest thou? Come to me in my dreams, and then By day I shall be well again! For so the night will more than pay The hopeless longing of the day.
"It was a rewarding experience for me and my students to study and perform Anthony O’Toole’s “Longing”. His delicate and intricate setting of Matthew Arnold’s poem truly marries the words with the music. It has since become a favorite among my choral students, and was told from many audience members, musicians and non-musicians alike, how moved they were by the work. I am eager to explore more of Anthony’s music!"
- Robert Judge Director of Choruses, Duxbury Public Schools