JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

THE HOLY SONNETS OF JOHN DONNE

9 Songs for Tenor and Piano
on sonnets by John Donne

Publisher
E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Catalog Number
8578

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Description
A setting of the same nine sonnets set by Benjamin Britten in his cycle of the same name, providing an alternative view of Donne’s deeply moving and thought-provoking texts on the nature of our beings, and on our relationships with those in our lives and with God.

Texts
1 – Oh my blacke Soule!
2 – Batter my heart
3 – O might those sighes and teares
4 – Oh, to vex me
5 – What if this present
6 – Since she whom I lov’d
7 – At the round earths imagin’d corners
8 – Thou hast made me
9 – Death be not proud

Year of Composition
2013

Duration
35 minutes

Commission
Joel Burcham

Dedication
Harold Michael Hall

First Performance
November 15, 2014
 
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
 
Joel Burcham, tenor
Elizabeth Avery, piano

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Joel Burcham, tenor
Elizabeth Avery, piano

Oh my blacke Soule!

Batter my heart

O might those sighes and teares

Oh, to vex me

What if this present

Since she whom I lov’d

At the round earths imagin’d corners

Thou hast made me

Death be not proud