They Might Not Need Me

1995 | soprano/piano.

Poem by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

Song 2 of cycle Days and Nights.

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

  • The words printed in the older Theodore Presser score (and sung on the recording) are incorrect. My sincere apologies to Emily Dickinson and my thanks to mezzo-soprano Virginia Dupuy for catching this mistake. These are the correct words and they should be substituted:

They might not need me — yet they might — I’ll let my Heart just be in sight — A smile so small as mine might be Precisely their necessity —

  • 11: RH — should only be an accent on 2nd chord (no staccato accent)
  • 16 and 18: incorrect rhythms in the piano. It should read eighth, dotted quarter, half note in the RIGHT HAND.
  • In very old editions, the last chord in the left hand may be incorrect. It should be G, D, and A.
  • please take time in 58. You can also take time in 74.