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Wednesday
Apr112012

The Sky Is Low

2011 | SATB

Poem by Emily Dickinson, about 2.5 minutes long.

Song 2 of The Earth and I.

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Commissioned by Dr. Adelaide Whitaker, who underwrote this commission from the Washington Master Chorale under the artistic direction of Thomas Colohan.

The Washington Master Chorale premiered the work on December 18, 2011 at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD.

Wednesday
Apr112012

The Sun Went Down

2011 | SATB

Poem by Emily Dickinson, about 2 minutes long.

Song 1 of The Earth and I.

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Commissioned by Dr. Adelaide Whitaker, who underwrote this commission from the Washington Master Chorale under the artistic direction of Thomas Colohan.

The Washington Master Chorale premiered the work on December 18, 2011 at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD.

Wednesday
Apr112012

The Wind

2011 | SATB

Poem by Emily Dickinson, about 3.5 minutes long.

Song 3 of The Earth and I.

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Commissioned by Dr. Adelaide Whitaker, who underwrote this commission from the Washington Master Chorale under the artistic direction of Thomas Colohan.

The Washington Master Chorale premiered the work on December 18, 2011 at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD.

Tuesday
Feb282012

They Might Not Need Me

1995 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 2 of cycle Days and Nights

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Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • The words printed in the older Theodore Presser score (and sung on the recording) are incorrect. My sincere apologies to Emily Dickinson and my thanks to mezzo-soprano Virginia Dupuy for catching this mistake. These are the correct words and they should be substituted:

They might not need me — yet they might — I'll let my Heart just be in sight — A smile so small as mine might be Precisely their necessity —

  • m. 16 and m. 18 have incorrect rhythms in the piano. It should read eighth, dotted quarter, half note in the RIGHT HAND.
  • In very old editions, the last chord in the left hand may be incorrect. It should be G, D, and A.
  • please take time in m. 58. You can also take time in m.74.
Friday
Feb242012

'Tis Philosophy

2011 | All voice types/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson, about 1 minute in length

Thursday
Mar012012

To Make A Prairie

2003 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 3 of One Bee And Revery

Friday
Mar022012

Wider than the Sky

2002 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 2 of Two Dickinson Songs

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

"Wider than the Sky"

  • mm. 1-2: in the piano, the C on the first beats should ring through the measures.
  • m. 2: voice: the rest should be written as a whole rest.
  • m.8: “push tempo a bit” should start on beat 2.
  • m. 10: “relax tempo a little” should start on beat 1.
  • m. 34: “bell-like” description should be added to the piano.
  • mm. 39-40: piano — hold the pedal through these 2 measures.
Tuesday
Feb282012

Wild Nights

1995 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

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Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • the opening dynamic for the singer should be a forte
  • on p. 33 (the second page of the song) there is an incorrrect rhythm in the right hand piano part. This is in m. 15 of the song (which in older editions is incorrectly marked m. 25). The rhythms should be eighth rest, quarter chord, eighth rest, half note.
  • in m. 37, the tempo should start a bit under a tempo and ramp up to speed, coming to a sudden halt on the eighth note before m. 41
  • The measure numbers are incorrect in some earlier versions. Measure 13 was numbered measure 23 and the mistake compounded. This is now corrected.
  • in m. 37, the tempo should start a bit under a tempo and ramp up to speed, coming to a sudden halt on the eighth note before m. 41 (which in older editions is incorrectly marked m. 51). In addition, from m. 39-40 (marked incorrectly 49-50 in older editions), there should be a crescendo (not a decrescendo) leading into the slow section.
  • If you'd like, you can slide down an extra half step on the last glissando
Wednesday
Feb292012

Will There Really Be a Morning?

1996 | soprano/piano or mezzo-soprano/piano version; contralto/piano version in progress

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 1 of Four Dickinson Songs

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • from m. 1 to m. 2, I prefer a little push in the tempo, and a slight crescendo, going towards the word "morning” — to be followed by a tiny relaxation and diminuendo. The same intent goes for measures 3-4.
  • In m. 8, there should be a poco rit. in the piano part, with an a temp directly on m. 9. Similarly, a poco rit. in m. 17, with an a tempo directly on m. 18. m. 21, in the voice part, there should be a tenuto marking over the word "please."
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