Maiden Snow

(1960)
"Maiden Snow" was completed in late December 1960 in New York City. It is dedicated to Anna Moffo, an American lyric soprano who sang on the opera and concert stages of the world. She first performed this piece at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia in 1963. In that performance and others on her concert tour of 1963, it was received very positively by audiences and concert reviewers in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Minneapolis Star, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press "First performances of Richard Hundley's 'Maiden Snow'...showed a gift for melody and writing for the voice" (de Schauensee, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, March 15, 1963).

---Esther Jane Hardenbergh
"O Sleeping Falls the Maiden Snow"
by Kenneth Patchen

O sleeping lay the maiden snow
Upon the branches of the city
And oh my love was warm beside me

O nearer came the rush of dark wings
Over the dreams of my people
And oh my heart was full of their pain

O sleeping lay the maiden snow
Upon the bitter roofs of the world
But ah! my love was safe in my arms.

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