“Good Night, Dear Heart”

“Good Night, Dear Heart” by Dan Forrest is a stunning example of choral music interpreting and expressing the deepest of human emotions.  Forrest has taken a family tragedy as his muse, and poured out a musical elegy.  The text is by Mark Twain – he placed it on the tombstone of his beloved daughter Susy, who died unexpectedly at age 24:

          “Warm summer sun
shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind
blow softly here,
Green sod above
lie light, lie light,
Good night, dear heart,
good night, good night”

Written for SATB divisi voices a cappella, this piece is an astonishing illustration of beautiful melody and rich harmonies reflecting an equally moving text.  Perfect for a concert of commemoration and remembrance, festival or contest adjudication, or even for Memorial Day.  Listen to the stunning recording here. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


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4 replies

  1. Beautiful!!! Absolutly beautiful!
    Wonderful composition(in my opinion)the melodic
    structure is so clear and the words match the
    text perfectly!
    I love Dan Forrest’s music; He is my favorite composer!
    He aught to be commended for his talent and how he uses it to honor and glorify God!

  2. MY mistake…the text matches the melody perfectly…I’m sorry.

  3. I did this piece with my school choir for our ANZAC Day ceremony and I fell instantly in love with it. It’s one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever heard.


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