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Stopping by Woods

An accessible art song setting of the newly-public-domain poem by Robert Frost with an eerie melody that encourages a fresh interpretation of the iconic text.

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Performed by Shane W. Dittmar

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Info

  • Published: 2019
  • Publisher: Songs First Entertainment - SF1901
  • Instrumentation: Art Song: low voice, piano
  • Duration: 1:45

Text

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

(Text Source: Robert Frost - Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening)

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Resources

  • Download an MP3 of the piano accompaniment