Over the Fence


"Over the Fence" is a song by Lori Laitman from her song cycle Days and Nights. "Over the Fence" sets a poem by Emily Dickinson.

Composer's Note:

"Reflecting the youthful playfulness of its text, 'Over the Fence' has an off-balance humor achieved through the piano’s skipping, repetitive triplets and lighthearted, melodramatic vocal line. The piano grows more intricate in the middle section – employing hand crossing techniques reminiscent of Rameau’s keyboard style – while the voice warbles above, attempting to capture the marvelous imagery of God, as a boy, jumping over the fence to eat berries."

--Lori Laitman


The composer's note and the audio for "Over the Fence" (provided in the media player to the right) are made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Kristina Bachrach, soprano, and Eunkyung Lee, piano, and this performance took place at Pepperdine University at SongFest 2010. To listen, please click on the track itself.

Over the fence — (poem 251)
by Emily Dickinson

Over the fence —
Strawberries — grow —
Over the fence —
I could climb — if I tried, I know —
Berries are nice!

But — if I stained my Apron —
God would certainly scold!
Oh, dear, — I guess if He were a Boy —
He'd — climb — if He could!

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