If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking

An artistic piano part creates the lovely musical backdrop for this sensitive, nuanced setting of an Emily Dickinson favorite. The rich choral textures and soaring melodic lines result in a wonderfully expressive work for concert or contest programming.

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  • Published: 2018
  • Publisher: Heritage Music Press - 15/3519H
  • Instrumentation: Chorus: SATB, piano
  • Duration: 3:30


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.

(Text Source: Emily Dickinson - If I can stop one Heart from breaking)