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If I Must Go (2023)
for alto saxophone and tenor saxophone duo
If I Must Go - Movement IDaniel Whitworth
00:00 / 02:12
If I Must Go was commissioned by Aislinn Walters-Jakary and Garrett Evans in memory of Dr. Jeff Jordan. This commission was made possible through generous contributions from Casey Bowers, Craig Manteuffel, Kristin Pisano, Brad Dawson, and Galen Whisman.
If I Must Go - Movement IIDaniel Whitworth
00:00 / 05:49

Performed by Aislinn Walters-Jakary and Garrett Evans

The piece is based on the following two poems by Sara Teasdale, who was one of Dr. Jordan's favorite poets.

A Little While

Sara Teasdale


A little while when I am gone

My life will live in music after me,

As spun foam lifted and borne on

After the wave is lost in the full sea.

A while these nights and days will burn

In song with the bright frailty of foam,

Living in light before they turn

Back to the nothingness that is their home.

If I Must Go

Sara Teasdale


IF I must go to heaven's end

Climbing the ages like a stair,

Be near me and forever bend

With the same eyes above me there;

Time will fly past us like leaves flying,

We shall not heed, for we shall be

Beyond living, beyond dying,

Knowing and known unchangeably.

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