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John Harbison

Publisher: AMP

Simple Daylight (1988)
Text Writer
Michael Fried
Publisher
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Category
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
1988
Duration
16 Minutes
Soloist
Soprano
Orchestration
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Programme Note
John Harbison Simple Daylight (1988)
Composer Note: It has been a source of satisfaction to me that the first performers and listeners for Simple Daylight have been especially struck by the poems, and by the strong musical responses elicited by the poems. I have been grateful for Michael Fried’s work in many ways, most obviously in my previous settings of his texts, in Three Harp Songs (1972) and in The Flower Fed Buffaloes (1976). My ordering of his poems makes a sequence closer in tone to a Bach Cantata text than to a nineteenth-century song cycle, and evokes a kind of sub-cutaneous narrative very favorable for musical purposes, but no doubt unintented by the poet. Simple Daylight was commissioned by Lincoln Center. The dedication to its first singer Dawn Upshaw represents my complete confidence in sending her into uncharted waters, as well as my intuition that she would enjoy the complete, motet-like partnership with the pianist that the cycle requires. -- John Harbison

  • Soloist(s)
    Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), Gilbert Kalish (Piano)
    Nonesuch:
  • Soloist(s)
    Karol Bennet (Soprano), John McDonald (Piano)
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