The Old House

1996, Revised 2018 | soprano/alto saxophone; soprano/clarinet or soprano/bassoon.
2023 | mezzo-soprano/alto saxophone; mezzo-soprano/clarinet; mezzo-soprano/bassoon.

Poem by Franta Bass (1930-1944), a child killed in the Holocaust.

PDF download sheet music links are below.

Hard copies are available for purchase through Classical Vocal Reprints.

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If you have an older edition without a photograph of a yellow butterfly on the cover, please email me for a complimentary updated score.


Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • think of the opening as ghostly. The sax should almost sound like a distant fog horn.
  • the beginning and end notes of 32 should be concert F natural.