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Songs of Desire, Love, and Loss

for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble

By James Matheson

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Chamber Music Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Finger Cymbals, Flute, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Vibraphone
For Soprano and Chamber Ensemble. Composed by James Matheson. This edition: Full Set. The world premiere was given at Carnegie Hall, New York City, on October 10, 2004. Contemporary. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. Composed August 29 2004. 60+12+12+12+16+8+8 pages. Duration 18 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #111-40259. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.111402590).

Item Number: PR.111402590

9x12 inches. Text: Alan Dugan. Alan Dugan. Poems Seven, (c)Alan Dugan, published by Seven Stories Press, New York.

The poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Dugan struck a chord with Matheson, who notes a certain contradiction in the poems and in his own writings - an emotional directness combined with complexity. Matheson chose seven Dugan poems, which span decades, in answering a 2004 commission by Carnegie Hall through the Weill Music Institute, and also chose the Pierrot ensemble to convey his impressions. "Matheson tends to build to a punch line,which often helps clarify Dugan's slight obscurities. You may not know what the poet means, but the music at least directs you to the right place emotionally." - Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times.

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