Composer: Stephen Chatman
Text author: Sara Teasdale
Publisher: E.C. Schirmer Music Co.
Abstract: This setting of Sara Teasdale’s whimsical poem pertaining to a brown-thrush, love, and kisses emulates the meaning, strict rhythm, rhyme, and strophic structure of the text. The soft rolled chords of the harp-like piano accompaniment highlight the lilting 6/8-meter, folk-like melody, and consistent homophonic choral texture. The repetitive lines “Love me, love me, love me!” and “kiss me, kiss me, kiss me!” inspire the musical refrains. One of a set of six of Teasdale’s love songs.