Sung live by Roberto Mancusi with Delana Easley, piano, 20 Sep 2015, Blankenship Recital Hall, Martin TN 38238, USA.
Forces: Male voice, Piano
Length: 4 Minutes
Ulysses (2014) – A setting of Tennyson from 2014 for baritone and piano, 4′.
Here is Roberto Mancusi singing it, with Richard Black at the piano, in Kent, May 2018:
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833
20 Sep 2015, Roberto Mancusi and Delana Easley, Blankenship Recital Hall, Martin TN 38238, USA.