JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

CHRISTINA’S WORLD

5 Songs for Soprano and Piano
on poems by Christina Rossetti

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8566

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Description
The five songs of “Christina’s World,” on poems by Christina Rossetti, loosely follow a narrative arc beginning with the joyful emotions of true love, and continuing with darker observations about the nature of being alive and of the questions of life and death, the tension of which is resolved at the end of the cycle with a positive sense that as one approaches the end of this life, all will be well and find a place of welcome and rest.

Texts
1 – A Birthday
2 – Who Has Seen the Wind?
3 – Amor Mundi
4 – When I am dead, my dearest
5 – Up-Hill

Year of Composition
2016

Duration
18 minutes

Commission
Gwen Coleman

Dedication
Gwen Coleman

First Performance
April 8, 2017
 
Cincinnati Song Initiative
Presbyterian Church of Wyoming
Wyoming, Ohio
 
Gwen Coleman, soprano
Marie-France Lefebvre, piano

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Jennifer Piazza-Pick, soprano
Ying-Shan Su, piano

Christina’s World: A Birthday

Christina’s World: Who Has Seen the Wind?

Christina’s World: Amor Mundi

Christina’s World: When I am dead, my dearest

Christina’s World: Up-Hill