JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

IN REVERENCE

5 Songs for Soprano and Piano
on poems by Emily Dickinson

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8569

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Description
“In Reverence” is the composer’s earliest published song cycle, composed while a student at the Yale School of Music. Emily Dickinson’s poems speak of prayer, everlasting life, Heaven, and other spiritual subjects, hence the title of the cycle. Dickinson’s poems approach these serious subjects with reverence, but also with humor and hope, all aspects reflected in the music of these songs.

Texts
1 – It is an honorable Thought
2 – Lightly stepped a yellow star
3 – Prayer is the little implement
4 – Papa above!
5 – The grave my little cottage is

Year of Composition
1985

Duration
8 minutes

Dedication
Stephen and Elizabeth Dubberly

First Performance
Fall, 1986
 
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
 
Karen Burlingame, soprano
Juliana Hall, piano

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Karen Burlingame, soprano
Juliana Hall, piano

It is an honorable Thought

Lightly stepped a yellow star

Prayer is the little implement

Papa above!

The grave my little cottage is

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Nadine Benjamin, soprano
Nicole Panizza, piano

In Reverence: It is an honorable Thought

In Reverence: Lightly Stepped a Yellow Star

In Reverence: Prayer Is the Little Implement

In Reverence: Papa Above!

In Reverence: The Grave My Little Cottage Is