Where Grief Slumbers

Earl Kim

Performing Ensemble: Voice and Orchestra
Duration: 16:00
Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Apollinaire's poem, "It's raining", in which the words form delicate chains of raindrops and a verse from Rimbaud's Le bateau ivre, translated by Beckett - "I have dreamt the green nights drifts of dazzled snow" - were the two initial sources of inspiration which resulted in the song cycle Where Grief Slumbers. Images of rain, snow, sea, and the calm black waters of the river that cradles Ophelia are coupled with reflections on departure and farewells.

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Additional Information

Commission Supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Composition Date 1982
Orchestration Soprano, Harp and String Orchestra (Chamber Version for Soprano, Harp and String Octet)
Premiere 1986. Benita Valente, Soprano; Cincinnati Symphony, Michael Gielen, conductor.


1. Listenn to It Rain
2. From Drunken Boat
3. It's Raining
4. Ophelia
5. The Farewell
6. the Departure
7. The Girl with the Orange Lips

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