When you are old
for SAA and piano

Peter Berring
Peter Berring
Composition Date: 1999
Duration: 00:06:40
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Women's chorus
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Programme Note:
When you are Old was premiered by Elektra Women's Choir on November 13th, 1999 in Vancouver. The poignant, reflective nature of this much-beloved poem by William Butler Yeats is beautifully captured by Berring in the quiet, hushed, time-stands-still musical approach. Sparseness of piano accompaniment and melodic setting of the text combine into a nostalgic look at love, unrequited, unrealised, and perhaps even unknown. The modest technical demands of this work allow even amateur choirs to enjoy the rich emotion of the text.
(from the score)

Premiere Information:
November 13, 1999, Shaughnessy United Church, Vancouver; Elektra Women's Choir.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6101 B626whe 1999
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 31, 2004
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((12) p.) ; 28 cm.
    12 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • For women's chorus (SSA) and piano.
    Text by W.B. Yeats.
    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
    Commissioned and premiered by Elecktra Women's Choir in Vancouver.

    Additional People:
    W. B. (William Butler) Yeats
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