Five Songs. (Voice and Piano). By Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-). For Piano, Vocal. Vocal Collection. 24 pages. G. Schirmer #ED3596. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50480034).
ISBN 0634017063. 9x12 inches.
Written in 1983, with texts in English by the composer. The music is charged with emotion and a spinning, lyric line. This is Menotti's best recital work to date. Contents: The Eternal Prisoner • The Idle Gift • The Longest Wait • My Ghost • The Swing.
February 20, 2007
Menotti that is not annoying!
I was pleasantly surprised by Five Songs. The tone differs significantly from piece to piece, and they are not at all repetitive like "The Consul." The range is demanding (prolonged passages above and below the staff), but the text is beautiful and the melodic line interesting. Definitely worth adding to...
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