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Late Afternoon

Six Songs for Mezzo Soprano

By Ricky Ian Gordon

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Mezzo-Soprano, Piano
Six Songs for Mezzo Soprano. Composed by Ricky Ian Gordon. Piano reduction/vocal score. With Standard notation. 48 pages. Carl Fischer #VF00015. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.VF15).

Item Number: CF.VF15

ISBN 825859387. Text: Jane Kenyon / Jean Valentine / Marie Howe.

This is a heartfelt cycle of songs by Ricky Ian Gordon set the poetry of three important American poets, Jane Kenyon, Jean Valentine and Marie Howe. After a major personal loss, Gordon turned to the poetry of these women who speak of loss and death in a way that he found particularly consoling. The songs are beautifully written for a medium voice with Gordon's usual care. A dissonant and colorful keyboard part is a great enhancement to the generally reflective tone of the music. Gordon's moving setting of the late Jane Kenyon's heartbreaking Let Everyone Come is destined to be a recital classic. Late Afternoon was commissioned by Tisch Center of the Arts at the 92nd Street Y and was made possible with funds provided by the Mary Flagler Charitable Trust.

  • 1. Otherwise [Text by Jane Kenyon] 
  • 2. Willi, Home [Text by Jean Valentine] 
  • 3. X [Text by Jean Valentine] 
  • 4. Just Now [Text by Marie Howe] 
  • 5. What the Living Do [Text by Marie Howe] 
  • 6. Let Evening Come [Text by Jane Kenyon] 
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