Thursday, August 21, 2008
August 21 - A Lied of Human Babbling Wind
First Fall 2008 Quiz for the Theoreticians and subsequently in the lab recording Babel: III And the Lord Scattered Them (with BBC sound files from 22 different countries, to wit
Central African Republic
Zaire [now back to Congo, of course]),
Iliad: II. Odysseus,
and Mice and Men: Act V, Scene 2 A, B, all in instrumental versions (Wayne and Maria last Sunday again, Scene 2 F "And I can tend the rabbits").
Zip past home and off to Davis to get scores for the last movement of the below, in its orchestral version --
Opus 62: Six Romances on Verses by English Poets for bass and piano (1942)
Poems by Walter Raleigh, Robert Burns, and William Shakespeare;
translation by Boris Pasternak and Samuil Marshak.
1. To a Son: Largo
2. In the Fields: Moderato
3. Macpherson's Farewell: Allegretto
4. Jenny: Moderato
5. Tired with All These: Lento
6. The King's Campaign: Allegretto
Dedicated to Lev Atovmian (no. 1), Shostakovich's wife Nina (2), Izaak Glikman (3), Yuri Sviridov (4), Ivan Sollertinsky (5) and Vissarion Shebalin (6).
First performance: June 6, 1943, Moscow Conservatory by E. Flaks (baritone) and the composer-pianist.
Opus 62A: Six Romances on Verses by English Poets for bass and orchestra (1943)
Orchestration of opus 62.
Unpublished; later version opus 140.
Opus 140: Six Romances on Verses by English Poets for bass and chamber-orchestra (1971)
Chamber-orchestral version of opus 62 (1942).
-- and the Hosanna sections of the Benjamin Britten War Requiem Sanctus,
the former as an orchestrational guide to The Wind God: XIII. We Almost Mutaneed and the latter as a check to orchestration of Iliad Songs: III Achilles.
Finally returning home, do and corroborate orchestrations as above.