The New Colossus (Charles H. Giffen)
- Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2019-12-28). Score information: Letter, 36 pages, 496 kB Copyright: CC BY NC SA
- Edition notes: Full score. Available separately are orchestral parts, a (condensed) choral score, and a score for chorus, organ, and harp (forthcoming).
First published: 2019
Description: This is a setting of Emma Lazarus's famous sonnet "The New Colossus" for chorus and chamber orchestra (flute, English horn, bassoon, horn in F, trombone, strings, and harp). The music is nearly identical with the composer's setting of A Hymn for St Cecilia.
Original text and translations
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
— Emma Lazarus (1883)