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Sullivan : The Lost Chord (G Major)
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The Lost Chord (G Major)

Sullivan, Sir Arthur Seymour (1842-1900)

The Lost Chord is a most beautiful song by Sullivan (Intermediate)!   

Pdf sheet music download for Voice (1/6 : Highest) and piano  

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Includes : One score (5 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 4/12

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Program Notes on The Lost Chord (G Major) by Sullivan :

Words : Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864), A Lost Chord (1858).

Sir Arthur Sullivan's manuscript for The Lost Chord is dated January 13, 1877.

Sir Arthur Sullivan composed this song at the bedside of his brother Fred during Fred's last illness.

Fred Sullivan died five days after, on January 18.

This song has been recorded by many singers, including Enrico Caruso, who sang it at the Metropolitan Opera House on 29 April 1912 at a benefit concert for families of victims of the Titanic disaster.

The Lost Chord is one of Sullivan's best-known songs, and it is still performed nowadays.

This score for voice and piano is set in the key of G Major (also available in D Major and F Major).

Sources :

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, Songs for voice and piano.

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Sheet music details :


(A Lost Chord)
ComposerSullivan, Sir Arthur Seymour (1842-1900) Opus/catalog numberThe Lost Chord
MovementsAndante moderato Composition/First publicationRomantic period
InstrumentationVoice (1/6 : Highest) and piano StyleRomantic (1815-1910)
KeyG Major Duration04:06
EditionEdited by M.A. Caux DifficultyGrade 4/12

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The Lost Chord

Seated one day at the organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idly
Over the noisy keys;
I know not what I was playing,
Or what I was dreaming then;
But I struck one chord of music,
Like the sound of a great Amen.

It flooded the crimson twilight,
Like the close of an angel's psalm,
And it lay on my fevered spirit
With a touch of infinite calm;
It quieted pain and sorrow,
Like love overcoming strife;
It seemed the harmonious echo
From our discordant life.

It linked all perplexed meanings
Into one perfect peace,
And trembled away into silence
As if it were loth to cease.

I have sought, but I seek it vainly,
That one lost chord divine,
Which came from the soul of the organ,
And entered into mine.

It may be that Death's bright angel
Will speak in that chord again,
It may be that only in Heaven
I shall hear that grand Amen.
It may be that Death's bright angel
Will speak in that chord again,
It may be that only in Heaven
I shall hear that grand Amen.

Source : Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864), A Lost Chord (1858).

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