I died for beauty- string ens., choir or sopr.

I died for beauty- string ens., choir or sopr.

I died for beauty is all about beauty and truth. Kevin Houben took inspiration from the poem ´I died for beauty´ of the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).


I died for Beauty - but was scarce

Adjusted in the Tomb

When One who died for Truth, was lain

In an adjoining Room -


He questioned softly ‘Why I failed’?

‘For Beauty’, I replied -

‘And I - for Truth - Themself are One -

We Brethern are’, He said -


And so, as Kinsmen, met a Night -

We talked between the Rooms -

Until the Moss had reached our lips -

And covered up - our names –


The opening bars are bathed in a dark, nocturnal atmosphere and invite you to think about life and death. The soprano (the choir) starts softly with low notes and gives words to the meditative mood: 'I died for beauty'. In the verses a dialogue arises about what is most valuable, beauty or truth. But then it turns out that these virtues are actually one, as brothers of each other. Kevin Houben knows how to express poetry in expressive lines that flourish in hand with the verses.

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