JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

A NORTHEAST STORM

Song for Soprano and Piano
on a letter of Emily Dickinson

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8565

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Description
The text of the song “A Northeast Storm” is taken from a letter written in early 1851 by Emily Dickinson to her brother, William Austin Dickinson, who was away from home at the time. Her letter describes the family’s activities in their drawing room in their home in Amherst, MA, and their feelings that night as a storm raged outside their windows, while Emily’s sister entertained the family at the piano. The letter ends comically, as Emily declares that she will start crying if her sister doesn’t stop singing.

Text
Excerpts from a letter written in early 1851 by Emily Dickinson to her brother, William Austin Dickinson

Year of Composition
2015

Duration
3 minutes

Commission
Lyric Fest
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dedication
Ann Newman

First Performances
April 2, 2016
Lyric Fest Series
Haverford College, Haverford, PA
 
April 3, 2016
Lyric Fest Series
The Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, PA
 
Kelly Ann Bixby, soprano
Laura Ward, piano

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Nadine Benjamin, soprano
Nicole Panizza, piano

A Northeast Storm