Rites of Passage

for Medium Voice and Chamber Orchestra or String Quartet

Thomas Pasatieri

Text: Text by Louis Phillips
Duration: 00:11:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

As with so many of my concert works for voice and instruments, "Rites de Passage" is basically a monodrama. The ?rites of passage? referred to in the title reflect the trials of one woman?s life passing from her warm, comfortable childhood (symbolized by the ?upstairs rooms?), through the desperate rooms of her unsuccessful marriage and personal tragedies, and finally, downstairs to a mature realization of her loneliness. The question which she asks her parents ? ?are you glad?? ? becomes the eternal questioning by all of us of the values in our lives. The work is dedicated to Elaine Bonazzi.

Additional Information

Composition Date 1974
Orchestration 2(Picc.) 2 2 2 - 2 1 1 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1974. Patricia McCaffery, soprano.