Songs Of Desire, Love And Loss

For Soprano And Chamber Ensemble

James Matheson

Text by Alan Dugan
Score and Part(s)
Performing Ensemble: Voice and Instrument
Instrumentation: Flute, Clarinet in Bb (doubles Clarinet in Eb and Bass Clarinet), Piano, Percussion (Finger Cymbals, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Marimba), Soprano, Violin, Cello
Item Number: 111-40259
Number of Pages: 128
Text: Poems Seven, Alan Dugan, published by Seven Stories Press, New York.
Duration: 18:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Custom Print, 4-5 days


Quick Overview

The poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Dugan struck a chord with Matheson, who notes a certain contradiction in the poems and in his own writings - an emotional directness combined with complexity. Matheson chose seven Dugan poems, which span decades, in answering a 2004 commission by Carnegie Hall through the Weill Music Institute, and also chose the Pierrot ensemble to convey his impressions. "Matheson tends to build to a punch line, which often helps clarify Dugan's slight obscurities. You may not know what the poet means, but the music at least directs you to the right place emotionally." - Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times


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Commission Commissioned by Carnedgie Hall through the Weill Music Institute.


I. Poem
II. On Gaining a Soul
III. Summer Gale
IV. Poem
V. Poem
VI. Argument to Love as a Person
VII. In the Forest