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Nothing Gold Can Stay (2023)

for SAB choir | 00:02:00

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Robert Frost

Commissioned by Singing City Choir of Philadelphia for the Singing City Songbook.

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Singing City commissioned 27 composers to write short works to create the Singing City Songbook. This compilation is intended for community singing everywhere—its themes echo the human experience, with messages of unity, hope, love, and the ties that bind.


Nothing Gold Can Stay
By Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Artwork by Singing City


Performances

  • 30 May, 2023: Singing City at Friends Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • 23 May, 2023: Singing City at Friends Center, Philadelphia, PA