• John La Montaine
  • A Summer’s Day; After a Sonnet of Shakespeare, Op. 32 (1960)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • 1110/1100/hp/str
  • 5 min

Programme Note

Composed shortly after his first piano concerto won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, La Montaine's brief sketch draws its inspiration from Shakespeare's Sonnet No. 18, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

Sonnet 18
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;
   So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
   So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.