JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

O MISTRESS MINE


 

12 Songs for Countertenor and Piano
on texts from plays by William Shakespeare

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8576

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Description
“O Mistress Mine” follows a narrative arc illuminating the ever-changing nature of love, from the time we first encounter it in youth to our awareness as we age of its many varying qualities. Shakespeare’s words evoke the joy of experiencing love, but also touch upon its deeper complexities as the most profound, and most enduring, of all human experiences.

Texts
1 – Lawn as white as driven snow
2 – O happy fair!
3 – If love make me forsworn
4 – Who is Silvia?
5 – O, mistress mine
6 – If music be the food of love
7 – Take, o take those lips away
8 – Tell me where is Fancy bred
9 – Come away, come away, death
10 – This is a very scurvy tune to sing
11 – Blow, blow, thou winter wind
12 – Fear no more the heat o’ th’ sun

Year of Composition
2015

Duration
42 minutes

Dedication
Brian Asawa

First Performance
August 5, 2016
 
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Norfolk, Connecticut
 
Darryl Taylor, countertenor
Juliana Hall, piano

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Darryl Taylor, countertenor
Juliana Hall, piano

Lawn as white as driven snow

O happy fair!

If love make me forsworn

Who is Silvia?

O, mistress mine

If music be the food of love

Take, o take those lips away

Tell me where is Fancy bred

Come away, come away, death

This is a very scurvy tune to sing

Blow, blow, thou winter wind

Fear no more the heat o’ th’ sun

Live Performance

Garreth Romain, countertenor
Daniel Gordon, piano

O Mistress Mine (UK Premiere)

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CD Recording

Darryl Taylor, countertenor
Juliana Hall, piano

O Mistress Mine

Live Performance

Michael Skarke, countertenor
Jonathan Pinto, piano

This is a very scurvy tune to sing