JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

DREAMS IN WAR TIME

7 Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Piano
on poems by Amy Lowell

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8575

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Description
Based on a set of seven poems created as a group by Boston imagist poet Amy Lowell, and they effectively convey the grim sense of unease felt in a time of war or strife. While they never depict the mundane details of war in a visual manner, they capture the types of fragmented images, bizarre thoughts, and deep anxieties experienced in our worst dreams during such times.

Texts
1 – I wandered through a house of many rooms
2 – I dug a grave under an oak-tree
3 – I gambled with a silver money
4 – I painted the leaves of bushes red
5 – I followed a procession of singing girls
6 – I wished to post a letter
7 – I had made a kite

Year of Composition
2003

Duration
19 minutes

Dedication
Amy Champagne

First Performance
May 15, 2011
 
Simsbury United Methodist Church
Simsbury, CT
 
Amy Champagne, mezzo soprano
Juliana Hall, piano

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Amy Champagne, mezzo soprano
Juliana Hall, piano

I wandered through a house of many rooms

I dug a grave under an oak-tree

I gambled with a silver money

I painted the leaves of bushes red

I followed a procession of singing girls

I wished to post a letter

I had made a kite