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Richard Danielpour

Publisher: AMP

Spirits in the Well (1998)
Text Writer
Toni Morrison
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Solo Voices and 1-6 players
Year Composed
16 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Treble voice
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Programme Note
Richard Danielpour Spirits in the Well (1998)
Composer Note: Spirits in the Well was composed at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs in the last week of November, 1997. The text to the four songs by Toni Morrison were sent by Ms. Morrison following my desire to compose a second song cycle for Jessye Norman. Sweet Talk, which was composed in 1996, had its premiere at Carnegie Hall, New York in April 1997. What emerged was a darker, less florid and perhaps more intimate piece than Sweet Talk. 1 was also interested in writing a work for voice and piano alone, as none of my dozen or so works involving voice had been set for that very standard combination. So, why did this piece need to be written? Simply because of my deep identification with Ms. Morrison' s lyrics, and my profound appreciation for the way Ms. Norman approaches and sings my music. A final note: the commission was made possible by Lincoln Center with generous support from the A. B. and Flavia McEachern Foundation. In particular I want to thank Marsha Morrison, her son, Gavin, and Jane Moss at Lincoln Center for helping to bring this work into being. --Richard Danielpour, New York, March 1998

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