I'm Nobody! Who are you?




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Originally Played By:

Soprano, Cello, and Piano

About the Work

While originally writing a 100-Note work,- Emily Dickinson's poem "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" became the springboard for a sad, yet sweet, one minute work. Dickinson's, usually tongue-in-cheek poem became a melodious duet between Soprano voice and cello, in tandem, with one another. Both voices representing two "Nobodies" that Dickinson describes. The piano ties both voices together with a "Romeo and Juliet"-esq first meeting.


I'm nobody! Who are you?

Are you nobody, too?

Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!

They'd banish us, you know.


How dreary to be somebody!

How public, like a frog

To tell your name the livelong day

To an admiring bog!

Text by:

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)