Dream Drapery

"Thoreau Songs"

For contralto and Baroque string quartet
Year
2011
Duration
21'
Category
Vocal Music
Instrumentation
contralto(2 glass crystals).2vn.va da gamba.vc
Texts
texts by Henry David Thoreau
Commission
support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund) and donations from the following individuals: Tara Lynn Fulton, Bryan Higgins, Kirby Leong, Marilyn Marquis, Elizabeth T.Mayer, Annie and Bruce Nalezny, Alexandra Saur, Celeste Winant, and Wendy Zukas Commissioned by the Galax Quartet with support from Commissioning Music/USA
Premiere
Premiere performance, The Galax Quartet with Contralto, Karen Clark, Octobaer, 21. 2012, Indiana Landmarks Center, Indainapolis, IN
Purchase
Schott Helicon
Number of Pages
216
Catalog Number
ED 31320
ISMN
979-0-800011-70-2
Movements
  • I. Each More Melodious Note I Hear
  • II. I Was Born Upon thy Bank River · The Poet's Delay
  • III. I Mark the Summer's Swift Decline
  • IV. A Winter and Spring Scene
  • V. Hymn for Bruce – Dies Irae
  • VI. Low-anchored Cloud · Old Meeting-House Bell
  • Program Notes

    I was immediately drawn to the quartet’s poignant, intimate and expressive sound world, the evocative and hauntingly beautiful voice of contralto Karen Clark and the poetry of Henry David Thoreau whose words so thoroughly capture the transcendental spirit of nineteenth century New England life. Living and working in the high hills of rural New Hampshire provided a synergy of poetry and music that formed an ideal union to help frame the mood, character and direction of this work.

    – Joseph Schwantner