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Hymn to the Night

By Robert Ward

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Soprano voice, violin, piano - Intermediate
Composed by Robert Ward. Vocal Solo. Secular, 20th Century. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (EC.7.0238).

Item Number: EC.7.0238

ISBN 600313702389. English. Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Hymn to the Night is from the Fifth Symphony: Canticles of America and is for soprano solo, violin, and piano. The poetry is by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The violin part is exceptionally intricate and represents the "winged flight" figure throughout the piece with its smaller note values . The song calls for peace in the night, but, in a high range for the soprano, it sounds like a plea rather than reality. The piano seems to be the calmest figure, but ultimately, the voice mimics both the violin and piano in an attempt to reconcile the characters of both instrumental parts.

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