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Thea Musgrave: Poets In Love: Vocal

Book Only | Vocal
Composer Thea Musgrave
Publisher Novello and Co Ltd.
Instrumentation Tenor Baritone Voice Piano Duet
A song cycle for Tenor, Baritone and Piano four-hands.

Commissioned by Dickinson College in 2008 for The Florestan Recital Project, Musical Artists in Residence

First performance March 4, 2010 Dickinson College, PA

This work is dedicated to Don and Marilyn Conlan


''The seventeen poems selected for this work span many centuries and languages and give very varied views on the subject of love.

There is a mixture of solos and duets which also gives variety. Also there is a difference in the characterization of the two singers; the tenor is more romantic, and  the baritone more realistic and cynical. In the penultimate poem by Tyutchev, this  split is emphasized in the words О ты, последняя любовь! / Tы и блаженство и  Безнадежность. (O love of my last years you are both rapture and desperation).  However both singers recognize the power of love.

The work should be sung  without a break between the songs, and indeed several of the poems overlap. To  emphasize the continuity there are several recurring musical motives: in particular  the theme associated with the words from the Shakespeare poem in Twelfth Night  “What is love?”

Hopefully the songs can be sung in the original languages (except for the poem from the Haida) however “singable” translations have been provided.

I  want to thank the many friends and colleagues who offered much appreciated advice on fully understanding the poems and thus their translations: Henry Garrity,  Lilian Groag, Gustavo Lopez Manzitti, Veronica Mitina, Alma Mora,
Product Format Score
Product Type Sheet Music
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Edition Number NOV958859
Catalog No. MUSNOV958859
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