Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset

Instrumentation: Solo Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Piano, Strings

Duration: ca. 5:00

Premiere:  April 17, 2010 :: Vivo Sinfonietta, Brett Luginbill, conductor :: University Lutheran Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI

Program Note:

This is the first of three movements of a song cycle for soprano and chamber ensemble, entitled Along the Road. The instrumentation is the same as Aaron Copland’s original ballet suite Appalachian Spring (for 13 players), and was originally premiered alongside Copland’s beautiful work.

This piece is a setting of the poem of the same name by William Carlos Williams.

Then I raised my head
and stared out over
the blue February waste
to the blue bank of hill
with stars on it
in strings and festoons—
but above that:
one opaque
stone of a cloud
just on the hill
left and right
as far as I could see;
and above that
a red streak, then
icy blue sky!

It was a fearful thing
to come into a man’s heart
at that time; that stone
over the little blinking stars
they’d set there.

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