Song cycle: To a Poor Old Woman, I Just Wanted to Say

1996 | soprano/piano.

Two settings of William Carlos Williams (1883-1963).

The premiere recording is on the 2003 Albany release Dreaming — 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.

To A Poor Old Woman

  • The measure numbers starting on p. 3 are incorrect. These will be fixed in the new printed copy.
  • 11: (incorrectly numbered m. 22), the last note of the piano part should be written enharmonically as an A flat.
  • Regarding the line “to the one half sucked out in her hand”….. the line layout in the original poem indicates to me that it is one half of a plum that is “sucked out in her hand.” Not a plum that is “half-sucked out in her hand.”
  • Four measures from the end, on the word “air,” there should not be a decrescendo.

This is Just To Say

  • 12: in the piano part, in the Right Hand, the last note is a B natural.
  • The last “mmm” does not occur in the original poem. It is my addition.