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Publication Date

Winter 1-12-2012

Year of Release




Alanna Cushing, piano

Program notes:

This evening’s program includes the premiere of two songs by Margaret A. Weber. Ms. Weber presented these scores to me as a gift on the occasion of a recital I gave at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Toledo, OH. The texts crystallize the independent, nature-loving transcendentalist philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose style is reflected musically in the prevalent use of open voicing and the speech-like rhythms of the vocal line.

The Nantucket Songs, named for their place of composition, were commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation and were premiered in 1979 with the composer at the piano by soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, who is known for her wide range and impeccable tuning, which attributes these songs showcase fully. Unlike many song cycles, such as Fauré’s Poème d’un jour featured earlier on the program, The Nantucket Songs are not unified by a narrative or a shared poet. Rather, there are many points of view from British and American poets spanning four centuries: Theodore Roethke, William Carlos Williams, Edmund Waller, Christina Rossetti, Water Savage Landor, and John Ashbery.


Smith Recital Hall


Marshall University Department of Music

Library of Congress Authorities

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Don Giovanni. Non mi dir, bell'idol mio

Fauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924. Poème d'un jour

Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949. Lieder, op. 39. Befreit

Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949. Schlichte Weisen. Du meines Herzens Krönelein

Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949. Lieder, op. 19. Breit über mein Haupt dein schwarzes Haar

Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949. Lieder, op. 27. Cäcilie

Rorem, Ned, 1923- Nantucket songs

Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979. Connecticut Yankee. Selections

Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924. Enchantress.


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