JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

PROPRIETY

5 Songs for Soprano and Piano
on poems by Marianne Moore

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8586

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Description
The title “Propriety” comes from an archaic use of that word, meaning the “peculiarity” or “essential quality” of a person or thing, and in the case of this song cycle that subject is classical music itself. From the poet’s appreciation of Renaissance choral writing, to a dream in which she imagines Bach being lured by an American university to come teach young composers (along with five harpsichords!), to a poem depicting violinist Isaac Stern working to save Carnegie Hall from demolition, this cycle offers brilliantly colorful commentary on what classical music can mean, and does so with virtuosity.

Texts
1 – Mercifully
2 – Carnegie Hall: Rescued
3 – Dream
4 – Propriety
5 – Melchior Vulpius

Year of Composition
1992

Duration
16 minutes

Dedication
Carolyn Jane Hall

First Performance
May 14, 1995
 
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
 
Pamela Jordan Schiffer, soprano
Juliana Hall, piano

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Pamela Jordan Schiffer, soprano
Juliana Hall, piano

Mercifully

Carnegie Hall: Rescued

Dream

Propriety

Melchior Vulpius

CD Recording

Susan Narucki, soprano
Donald Berman, piano

Propriety

Live Performance

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano

Propriety

Live Performance

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano
Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, piano

Propriety and Melchior Vulpius