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Let Evening Come

for Soprano, Viola and Piano

By William Bolcom

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Piano, Viola, Vocal
For Soprano, Viola and Piano. Composed by William Bolcom. E.B. Marks. Classical. Softcover. 20 pages. Published by Edward B. Marks Music (HL.220066).

Item Number: HL.220066

ISBN 0634065823. 9x12 inches.

Bolcom's commission was originally to write a duet piece for Metropolitan Opera stars soprano Benita Valente and mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos. However, while the composition was in development, Troyanos unexpectedly died. The design was then changed, representing the late mezzo-soprano with a viola instead. The composer selected three poems about the acceptance of death for the set: Ailey, Baldwin, Floyd, Killens and Mayfield; (Maya Angelou), 'Tis not that Dying hurts us so; (Emily Dickinson), and Let Evening Come; (Jane Kenyon). Let Evening Come was recorded by soprano Benita Valenti, pianist Cynthia Raim and violist Michael Tree, and released on Centaur Records.

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