‘She Dried Her Tears’ was written for Meghan McGinty’s Masters recital. The piece was part of a project to collaborate with composers who are current students, or graduates of Temple University’s composition department. We all had to choose a poem by Emily Bronte to set. The poem I selected, ‘She Dried Her Tears,’ captures the suffering of isolation and the desire to express one’s suppressed emotions. The work was premiered by Ms. McGinty and Jean Francois Proulx on March 26th at Temple University. The piece won the Composer's Concordance 8th Annual 'Generations' Composition Competition in May 2018.

Meghan McGinty, mezzo-soprano
Jean-Francois Proulx, piano

She dried her tears and they did smile
To see her cheeks’ returning glow
How little dreaming all the while
That full heart throbbed to overflow

With that sweet look and lively tone
And bright eye shining all the day
They could not guess at midnight lone
How she would weep the time away

Emily Bronte

She Dried Her Tears

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