JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

MUSIC LIKE A CURVE OF GOLD

MUSIC LIKE A CURVE OF GOLD
2 Songs for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, and Piano

on poems by Sara Teasdale

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8582

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Description
MUSIC LIKE A CURVE OF GOLD is a short song cycle that celebrates the pursuit of beauty in this often difficult world and encourages a spirit of gratitude for all the beauty one has experienced throughout one’s life. Both poems emphasize the value of riches that are not monetary, but rather the importance of loving the special moments and people in your life – and of loving life itself.

Text
1 – Barter
2 – A Prayer

Vocal Range : Soprano
F 4  :  A 5

Duration
8′ 00″

Vocal Tessitura : Soprano
A 4  :  E 5

Vocal Range : Mezzo-Soprano
B-flat 3  :  F-sharp 5

Vocal Tessitura : Mezzo-Soprano
E 4  :  B 4

Commission
Feminine Musique
New York, NY

First Performance
May 1, 2016
Connecticut Composers Inc.
Westport Public Library
Westport, Connecticut

Year of Composition
2015

First Performers
Korliss Uecker, soprano
Tammy Hensrud, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Oldfather, piano

Reviews
“Sara Teasdale supplied the text for “Music Like a Curve of Gold” from composer Juliana Hall. Its theme of loving life, of recognizing and cherishing all that’s lovely in it, might have felt sentimental and old-fashioned had Hall not provided music that was lyrical without being precious. The duet…tightly intertwined the two voices so they shifted in and out of harmony, creating sounds that were beautiful in ways both traditional and strikingly original.”

– Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle

Listen
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo-soprano
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano

1 – Barter

2 – A Prayer