The Music of Marvin Hamlisch — “Ample Make This Bed” from Sophie’s Choice (Film, 1982)

Alan J. Pakula made a powerful, tender, exquisitely crafted film, with excellent performances by Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter McNichol, and emotional score.  This is a great scene, but the entire film is poetry.” — Vena B.

Original Soundtrack Recording of “Sophie’s Choice” produced by John Steven Lasher for Southern Cross Records in 1982. Marvin Hamlisch received an Oscar nomination for his elegiac score. — Source: Fifth Continent ( Fifth Continent Music Classics publishes and uploads music composed by John Steven Lasher as well as selected recordings of motion picture scores produced by him. Interested subscribers may purchase certain recordings on iTunes or Amazon.  Inquiries at [email protected] )

The music for the scene “Ample Make This Bed” from the film Sophie’s Choice (1982)


The Film:

Sophie’s Choice is a 1982 film based on the novel by American author William Styron. The novel was published in 1979. It concerns a young American Southerner, an aspiring writer, who befriends the Jewish Nathan Landau and his beautiful lover Sophie, a Polish survivor of the German Nazi concentration camps. The plot ultimately centers around a tragic decision which Sophie was forced to make upon entering the concentration camp. Read more…

Sophie-s Choice

Film: Sophie’s Choice (1982)

The poem “Ample Make This Bed”

This a poem by Emily Dickinson (1830 ‑1886)

emily dickinson

Emily Dickinson (1830 ‑1886)


Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Read more..



Ample make this Bed

Make this Bed with Awe

In it wait till Judgment break

Excellent and Fair


Be its Mattress straight

Be its Pillow round

Let no Sunrise’ yellow noise

Interrupt this Ground

Stingo reads poem during scene:



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