Catalogue #:RBT-006
Composer The Colour of His Hair (Download License)
Ross C. Bernhardt

The Colour of His Hair (Download License)

Mixed choir, unaccompanied

This work sets a poem by A. E. Housman which was not published until after his death. In 1895 Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for two years for being a practicing homosexual, a crime in England at that time. Housman’s poem, while seemingly tongue-in-cheek, was written in protest of Wilde’s incarceration and a British court system so arbitary in its justice that a man could conceivably be imprisoned because of “the colour of his hair.”


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