Love-Song (Vocal and Double-Viola Orchestra Version)

Musical setting of the James Russell Lowell poem “Love-Song” for alto vocalist and double-viola string orchestra by Mary Bichner. Originally commissioned by the Friends of Mount Auburn as part of Mary’s two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

(An arrangement of this piece for alto vocalist and double-viola string quartet can be found HERE. An arrangement of this piece for a capella mezzo and alto vocal duo can be found HERE.)

( PLEASE NOTE: This arrangement is for double-viola string orchestra [violin, viola I, viola II, cello, double bass], not standard string quartet [violin I, violin II, viola, cello, double bass]. If you would like obtain a standard string quartet arrangement for this piece, please email Mary. )

The key of B minor (pale orange, pale purple, pale green) was selected to match the colors of the flowers that bloom near Lowell’s gravesite in the spring.


( Album cover art by: Bree Harvey of Mount Auburn Cemetery )