When We Are Gone


Digital Score

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir, unaccompanied

Duration: 6:00

Date of Completion: December 2018

SKU: MH0026 Category:

This piece was revised on July 18th, 2022, changing the voicing from double choir to SSAATTBB. If you have purchased an older version of this score, you can download a copy of the new score through the My Account page.

About the work​

A song of true love.

Commissioned by E. Daniel Shingleton in honor of the East Carolina University Chamber Singers, James Franklin, conductor.



When we’re gone 10,000 years and waves still break
Gloriously on this radiant sand,
Gulls soaring, winds howling, mist spraying o’er the port,

Only then will we know if our lives rang true,
When you and I tumbled together amidst all of this blue.

From Ocean Poems. Text by Jonathan Talberg.


Score Video


World premiere by James Franklin and the East Carolina University Chamber Singers: