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The Poet's Hour...

soliloquy for violin and string orchestra
"reflections on Thoreau"
violin, string orchestra
‘There are, from time to time, mornings, both in the summer and winter, when especially the world seems to begin anew, beyond which memory need not go ... It is the poet’s hour.’ (Thoreau) My work has long been framed by poetic images; the resonance of Thoreau’s poignant words and their poetic impulse helped shape the mood and character of this work. Cast in a single movement, the music is essentially lyrical and elegiac. Joseph Schwantner
Product number: LSHM 50271-01
Edition: Performance material

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Living and working in the high hills and forests of rural New Hampshire, I fondly recall this passage from Thoreau’s Journal of 1853: 'There are, from time to time, mornings, both in the summer and winter, when especially the world seems to begins a new, beyond which memory need not go... It is the poet's hour.' (Thoreau) As one whose work has long been framed by poetry and poetic images, the resonance of Thoreau’s deeply poignant words and their poetic impulse helped shape the mood and character of this work for violin and strings. Cast in a single continuous movement, the music is essentially lyrical and elegiac. The violin opens with two primary musical ideas that form the basis for the melodic and harmonic elements employed throughout the work: an ascending high register gesture played with harmonics and an expressive arch-like phrase played with double stops. The work is dedicated with admiration to Gerard Schwarz in gratitude for his steadfast support and friendship. Joseph Schwantner

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Title:
The Poet's Hour...
soliloquy for violin and string orchestra
"reflections on Thoreau"
Edition:
Performance material
Publisher/Label:
Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Year of composition:
2010
Duration:
N ′
World Premiere:
September 23, 2010 Seattle, WA, Benaroya Hall (USA) · Maria Larionoff, violin · Conductor: Gerard Schwarz · Seattle Symphony
Commissioned work :
Commissioned by Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony

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Product number:
LSHM 50271-01
Delivery rights:
Worldwide

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  • The Poet's Hour...
    The Poet's Hour...
    Conductor: Robert G. Hasty
    Orchestra: Northwestern University
    February 8, 2014 | Evanston, IL (United States of America) , Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
  • The Poet's Hour...
    The Poet's Hour...
    Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
    September 26, 2010 | Seattle, WA (United States of America) , Benaroya Hall
  • The Poet's Hour...
    The Poet's Hour...
    Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
    September 25, 2010 | Seattle, WA (United States of America) , Benaroya Hall
  • The Poet's Hour...
    The Poet's Hour...
    Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
    September 24, 2010 | Seattle, WA (United States of America) , Benaroya Hall
  • The Poet's Hour...
    The Poet's Hour...
    Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra: Seattle Symphony
    September 23, 2010 | Seattle, WA (United States of America) , Benaroya Hall — World premiere
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