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This Little Rose (2010)

This Little Rose

Nobody knows this sweet little Rose
It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey
On its breast to lie
Only a Bird will wonder
Only a Breeze will sigh
Ah Little Rose - how easy
For such as thee to die!

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Ella Jarman-Pinto (b.1989) is a critically acclaimed composer, described by Classic FM in 2020 as ‘one of the UK’s most exciting music-makers’ and someone who 'openly challenges a lot of the long-standing preconceptions about who a composer is'. Ella has just launched her podcast, "Beyond The Chameleon", on Apple and Spotify, which seeks to look at Belonging as the key to increasing inclusion in the creative media industries.

Ella's goal as a film, TV & audio-branding composer is to facilitate human connection through music. Ella was recently commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for ‘Postcards from Composers' and produced 'Lucky', a 30-second Tuba monody inspired by Black Lives Matter. She scored award-winning short film, ‘AstraZeneca - The Attack’, (Havas Lynx, Maker Projects) and and has just completed the score for another film with an all-female crew and cast. Nadine Benjamin and Nicole Panizza recorded and released Ella's song, ‘This Little Rose’, in 2019, which was described as ‘one of the most memorable songs on this disc’ by Music-Web International. Ella has had repeat performances of her work by BBC Singers and broadcast by BBC Radio 3, and was Composer in Residence with Streetwise Opera from 2016-17.

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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet.

Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, into a prominent family with strong ties to its community. After studying at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she briefly attended the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst.

Evidence suggests that Dickinson lived much of her life in isolation. Considered an eccentric by locals, she developed a penchant for white clothing and was known for her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, to even leave her bedroom. Dickinson never married, and most friendships between her and others depended entirely upon correspondence.

While Dickinson was a prolific poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime. The poems published then, were usually edited significantly to fit conventional poetic rules. Her poems were unique in her era. They contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation.[4] Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends.

Although Dickinson's acquaintances were likely aware of her writing, it was not until after her death in 1886—when Lavinia, Dickinson's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems—that the breadth of her work became public. Her first collection of poetry was published in 1890 by personal acquaintances Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd, though both heavily edited the content. A 1998 New York Times article revealed that of the many edits made to Dickinson's work, the name "Susan" was often deliberately removed. At least 11 of Dickinson's poems were dedicated to sister-in-law Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson, though all the dedications were obliterated, presumably by Todd. A complete, and mostly unaltered, collection of her poetry became available for the first time when scholar Thomas H. Johnson published The Poems of Emily Dickinson in 1955. You can read some of her poetry here.

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