This setting of Emily Dickinson's (1830-1886) is an atonal arrangement created to depict the chaotic and unsettled nature of the poem. Set for soprano (vocal range C#4 – A5, plus lower sprechstimme) with piano accompaniment.
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, And Mourners to and fro Kept treading - treading - till it seemed That Sense was breaking through
And when they all were seated, A Service, like a Drum Kept beating - beating - till I thought My mind was going numb
And then I heard them lift a Box And creak across my Soul With those same Boots of Lead, again, Then Space - began to toll,
As all the Heavens were a Bell, And Being, but an Ear, And I, and Silence, some strange Race, Wrecked, solitary, here