Notes: The Association of Canadian Choral Conductors Composition Competition 2002 first-prize winner, this work was composed in 2001 and premiered at Podium 2002 in Toronto by the National Youth Choir, Lydia Adams, conductor. Echo is the final piece in Allan Bevan's trilogy, For a Dream's Sake. Echo can be performed separately, or with its two companion pieces: An End and Mirage. These pieces make a strong statement about the power of love and loss.
Come to me in the silence of the night; Come in the speaking silence of a dream; Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright As sunlight on a stream; Come back in tears, O memory, hope, love of finished years.
Oh dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter sweet, Whose wakening should have been in Paradise, Where souls brimfull of love abide and meet; Where thirsting longing eyes Watch the slow door That opening, letting in, lets out no more.
Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live My very life again though cold in death: Come back to me in dreams, that I may give Pulse for pulse, breath for breath: Speak low, lean low, As long ago, my love, how long ago!