Early Snow (Song)

2003 | soprano/piano.

Poem by Mary Oliver (1935-2019). Early Snow ©2001 by Mary Oliver. From What Do We Know, Da Capo Press. Used with permission of the Molly Malone Cook Literary Agency.

Song 3 of Early Snow.

Commissioned by Adelaide Whitaker for soprano Jennifer Check. The premiere recording is on the Albany Records CD Becoming a Redwood — Songs of Lori Laitman, with soprano Jennifer Check and pianist Warren Jones. To purchase, please click here.


Some newer editions may already have these corrections. If you have an older copy, please email for a complimentary updated score.

  • 1: mp should be in the piano part.
  • 11: there is a typo below the word “I” — the voice should remain on the F and jump up an octave for the word “thought”.
  • 15: there is a typo – all the Gs in the voice should be G flat for this measure.
  • 83 on: an alternate version is for the soprano to crescendo on the B flat.