Book of Hours and Seasons (1975)
German; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
The Book of Hours and Seasons
began with the setting of Um Mitternacht
written for D’Anna Fortunato; gradually other Goethe settings and an interlude were added. Immer and Uberall uses four eastern modes, which then form the basis of an instrumental piece in four sections. This interlude is a miniature “Seasons” with the listener invited to decide where the cycle begins. The outer movements express my love for the German language and the aspects of German culture represented by Goethe’s poetry; it was my second language and culture as I was beginning in music, and these pieces reflect upon those times. The bell-like chords, which begin Um Mitternacht, were the germinating force for all the movements.
— John Harbison
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Chicago Chamber Musicians
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Emily Lodine, mezzo-sopranos