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O, For Such a Dream

By Daron Hagen

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Soprano voice solo, SATB choir, piano - moderately easy
Composed by Daron Hagen (1961-). Secular, 21st Century. Octavo. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.6716).

Item Number: EC.6716

ISBN 600313467165. 8.5" x 11" inches. Text: Ann Smith.

"During the summer of 1990 in Sweet Briar, Virginia, during a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts - as the United States began moving armed forces into the Gulf - I set words from a letter of 16 August 1864 from Ann Smith to her husband David that underlined the human toll taken by the prosecution of war. The resulting song was part of a cycle for soprano, flute, and piano entitled Dear Youth (Catalog No. 4677). Sixteen years later, Robin Bourguignon, the soprano who first sang Dear Youth, asked me to choose one of the songs to reinterpret for mixed chorus. I chose O, for Such a Dream, the text for which I originally drew from Who Only Stand and Wait: Civil War Letters of David and Ann Smith, 1863- 1865 (ed. by H. C. Phelan. Almond, NY: 1990.). Because plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose, I was compelled to say yes." - Daron Hagen.

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