When I heard the learn'd astronomer (Michael Winikoff)

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  • CPDL #23317:     
Editor: Michael Winikoff (submitted 2011-03-31).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 156 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: When I heard the learn'd astronomer
Composer: Michael Winikoff
Lyricist: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2000

Description: This piece has minimalistic influences.

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Original text

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When I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.