Songs of John Keats

Version for soprano and chamber ensemble
  • Title Songs of John Keats
  • Year 1984
  • Instr fl,cl,vln,vc,perc,pf,soprano solo
  • Duration 10 min
  • Categories Vocal, Chamber
  • Publisher CF Peters
  • Texts John Keats
  • AlternatesSongs of John Keats
    Version for soprano and chamber orchestra

A light airy ‘Song’ serves as an introduction to a setting of Keats’ magnificent sonnet, “To Sleep.”

First Performance:
Voices of Change, Sydney Hodkinson, conductor, Christine Schadeberg, soprano
Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX, Nov. 19, 1984.


“Karchin’s settings of the poetry of John Keats are his most recent displays of a striking conception of text setting, in which the sonic, syntactic, rhythmic, and semantic properties of the poetry interact with the musical material in an unprecedented fusion of the verbal and the musical.” Citation from the Walter N. Hinrichsen Award, presented to the composer by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

American Academy of Arts and Letters