JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

FABLES FOR A PRINCE

6 Songs for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, and Piano
on fables of Jean de La Fontaine (translated by Marianne Moore)

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8591

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Description
“Fables for a Prince” evokes images of aristocratic life in days past, when a young prince would be taught his lessons always with an appreciation of him one day becoming the king. Both animals and humans enact small tales – fables – designed to show the young prince the difference between good and bad, and the reasoning in favor of behavior that is right over that which is wrong, so that his sense of fairness and justice may develop as he grows into his proper role as king and protector of his people.

Texts
1 – To His Royal Highness the Dauphin
2 – The Fox and the Crow
3 – The Hen that Laid the Golden Eggs
4 – The Horse and the Ass
5 – The Physicians
6 – Epilogue

Year of Composition
1990

Duration
16 minutes

Commission
Turnpike Camerata
New York, New York

Dedication
James Clynch

First Performance
January 12, 1991
 
Rutgers Presbyterian Church
New York, New York
 
Catherine Tyrrell, soprano
Joy Hermalyn, mezzo soprano
Daniel Egan, tenor
Richard Stout, baritone
Karen Lerner, piano

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Stacey Grimaldi, soprano
Amy Champagne, mezzo soprano
Jack Anthony Pott, tenor
Dylan Armstrong, baritone
Juliana Hall, piano

To His Royal Highness the Dauphin

The Fox and the Crow

The Hen that Laid the Golden Eggs

The Horse and the Ass

The Physicians

Epilogue