JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

NIGHT DANCES

6 Songs for Soprano and Piano
on poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8593

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Description
“Night Dances” shines a light on what night brings, from the sounds of a cricket singing to the image of a spider sewing a web, exploring the sounds and sensations of nightmare and insomnia, luxuriating in a lullaby bringing peace to a baby amid a storm at sea, and a final plea for music, that magic melody that soothes the soul, bringing with it rest and the peace of dreams.

Texts
1 – The cricket sang  (Emily Dickinson)
2 – Some Things Are Dark  (Edna St. Vincent Millay)
3 – Song  (Emily Brontë)
4 – Sleep, mourner, sleep!  (Emily Brontë)
5 – A Spider sewed at Night  (Emily Dickinson)
6 – Sonnet  (Elizabeth Bishop)

Year of Composition
1987

Duration
13 minutes

Commission
Schubert Club
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dedication
Michael Dennis Browne and Lisa McLean

First Performance
December 8, 1987
 
McKnight Theatre
Saint Paul, Minnesota
 
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Margo Garrett, piano

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Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Margo Garrett, piano

The Crickets sang

Some Things Are Dark

Song

Sleep, mourner, sleep!

A Spider sewed at Night

Sonnet

Scrolling Score

Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Margo Garrett, piano

Night Dances

Live Performance

Amy Petrongelli, soprano
Bridget Hough, piano

Night Dances (5/6)