Instrumentation mezzosoprano and piano

Vocal Range G3 to Ab5

Timing 13′ in six movements

Composed 1994, revised 2019

Poems by Barbara Goldowsky

Commissioned by Paul Schenly in honour of Barbara Goldowsky

World Premiere June 26, 1996, Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio. Joanne Uniatowski, mezzosoprano; Michael Borowitz, piano

Programme Notes

Los Alamos
Morning Prayer
Love Letter

When pianist Paul Schenly approached me to commission a song cycle in honour of his friend, Barbara Goldowsky, he gave me a book of her poetry from which to select texts. The choice was not easy! Barbara’s style is exceedingly musical, and her poems are rich with powerful images and emotions. In the end, I selected six poems encompassing a general theme of love in many manifestations, with an initial burst of primal creation earth-energy unfolding through a continuous and evolving thread of images and relationships.

The poems are taken from Ferry to Nirvana and New Poems by Barbara Goldowsky.

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Audio excerpt

Selections performed by mezzo Joanne Uniatowski and pianist Michael Borowitz

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