If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking
a cappella SATB – words by Emily Dickinson – music by Mary Alice Amidon – arr. Peter Amidon
In the Amidons’ book ‘Twenty-five Anthems for Interfaith & Community Choirs‘. Sung here by Sam, Stefan, Mary Alice, Peter Amidon and Zara Bode live at their Last Night performance December 31, 2012. Mary Alice and Peter participated in their own song writing workshop which was part of their 3-credit course for music teachers at Hartt School of Music’s Summerterm. This was Mary Alice’s contribution.
If I Can Stop One Heart
by Emily Dickinson
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.