The Stars and the Roses

for Tenor and Orchestra

Steven Stucky

Text: Text by Czeslaw Milosz
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

The work of Lithuanian-Polish poet Czes?aw Mi?osz has always moved me specially. Immigrating to the US in 1960, Mi?osz joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1961. He was still at Berkeley?and his poems were still banned back home in Poland?when he won the Nobel Prize in 1980. Many of his poems are dark, and some deal with aspects of the Holocaust. I have chosen instead three lighter, more lyrical poems to set for tenor and orchestra: ?Happiness,? ?The Sun,? and ?The Bird Kingdom,? texts positively aglow with joy and tenderness.

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Berkeley Symphony, Joana Carneiro, Music Director, with funding from Music Alive, a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer
Composition Date 2012
Duration 00:13:00
Orchestration Solo Ten.; 2(2 dbl. Picc.) 2(2 dbl. E.H.) 2(2 dbl. B.Cl.) 2 - 2 2 1 0; Timp. 2Perc. Str.
Premiere Premiered by Noah Stewart, tenor, and the Berkeley Symphony, Joana Carneiro, Music Director


1. Happiness (tr. Richard Lourie)
2. The Sun (tr. Czes?aw Mi?osz)
3. The Bird Kingdom (tr. Czes?aw Mi?osz)