JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

BELLS AND GRASS

5 Songs for Soprano and Oboe
on poems by Walter de la Mare

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8584

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Description
“Bells and Grass” portrays five intimate scenes, in which small things come into focus and the world recedes: a nightingale’s song echoing from a nearby wall, the bright sun and the waves of the ocean, the moon lighting up a stream with its silvery halo, the flames burning over coals in a fireplace as twilight descends, and the varied and musical sounds of rainfall. The pairing of voice with oboe provides this little cycle with a uniquely colorful charm and immediacy.

Texts
1 – Echo
2 – Gone
3 – Why?
4 – Coals
5 – Rain

Year of Composition
1989

Duration
11 minutes

Dedication
Janet Popesco Archibald

First Performance
September 12, 2004
 
Ethel Walker School
Simsbury, Connecticut
 
Lisa Nappi, soprano
Marilyn Krentzman, oboe

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Julia Broxholm, soprano
Margaret Marco, oboe

Bells and Grass: Echo

Bells and Grass: Gone

Bells and Grass: Why?

Bells and Grass: Coals

Bells and Grass: Rain