Come to Me
Christina Rossetti was born into a poetic family where both her father, Gabriele Rossetti, and brother, Dante Gabriel, achieved considerable credibility as writers. Christina had her first poems published at the young age of 12 years and is best known for her ballads and mystic religious lyrics. In the later years of her career, Rossetti was very ill and diagnosed with Graves' disease (1870s), from which she would recover, and breast cancer (1892), causing her to pass away in London in 1894. Rossetti, along with Emily Dickinson, is considered one of the most recognized poets of her era.
"Echo" expresses the sorrow of losing the love of one's life and longing for memories to come back. This interpretation and adaption of the text conveys longing to be with one's love forever...in dreams, in life, in thought, and in death, always being with the one you love.
Commissioned by the Northwest District of the Missouri Choral Directors Association High School Honor Choir
Voicing: SATB accompanied