Young Dead Soldiers, The

Lamentation for Soprano, Horn, 8 Woodwinds and 9 Strings

William Schuman

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Text: Text by Archibald MacLeish
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

In my search for texts suitable for the Bicentennial, I became reacquainted with many favorite American authors and explored much unfamiliar material. Time and again I returned to the riches of Archibald MacLeish. In setting words so complete within themselves, a composer cannot hope to enhance but rather to bring that special unspoken meaning which alone is the province particular to music.

The "Lamentation" begins with a wordless introduction, a vocalise by the soprano, followed in imitation by the French horn. The setting is then ushered in by the ensemble sounding a sustained chord, a harmony characteristic of the whole piece.

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Commission April 6, 1976. Rosalind Rees, soprano, Edward C. Thayer, French Horn, National Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati, conductor.
Composition Date 1976
Duration 00:15:00
Orchestration Solo Sop.; 2Ob. E.H. 2Cl. B.Cl. 2Bsn. 4Vla. 4Vcl. Cb.
Premiere April 6, 1976. Rosalind Rees, soprano, Edward C. Thayer, French Horn, National Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati, conductor.