from Act III of the English opera The Tender Land
by Aaron Copland
Libretto: Horner Everett
Voice Part: tenor Fach: lyric tenor
Setting: A rural farm in Midwest America on the day of graduation, 1930s, June
Synopsis: Early in the morning before dawn, Martin sits waiting for the sun to rise. When daybreak comes, he and Laurie have planned to elope and start a new life together. He feels a little bit of trepidation though because he is not sure what lies ahead.