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Peter Lieberson

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Feast Day (1985)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Mixed Ensemble
Year Composed
20 Minutes
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Programme Note
Peter Lieberson Feast Day (1985)
Composer Note:

Feast Day is a narrative or portrait of a day spent in celebration. What is celebrated is not so much the issue here; rather it is the unfolding of a day of celebration itself: dawn and morning ceremony, preparation for the feast (a busy section of constructing and hammering), a processional of the principals involved in the feast, the feast itself (a boisterous affair) leading to a dance that lasts until dawn the next day.

Nevertheless, there are elements of this celebration that might be said to be drawn from the Buddhist tradition of a feast. These are that a feast is not a solemn gathering, but a celebration of the wakefulness and passion of the participants; that within the feast there might be a sense of longing and tenderness (expressed in the piece as the King’s Address); and that each participant, intoxicated by the feast, might utter a spontaneous song expressing his or her sense of longing or rejoicing.

— Peter Lieberson

Sample Pages

This item is available via Print on Demand from the G. Schirmer Library.

Set: $45

  • Soloist(s)
    Nadine Asin (Flute), Elaine Douvas (Oboe), Steven Beck (Harpsichord), Erik Nielsen (Harp), Darrett Adkins (Cello)
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