for Soprano and Marimba

Op. 12 - Three Songs

(2009/2015)

Text: D.H. Lawrence
Language: English

I. New Moon
II. Tarantella
III. Invocation to the Moon

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Program Notes: My Op. 12, Three Songs, is a setting of three poems by English novelist and poet D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930). It exists in three versions; Soprano and Chamber Orchestra, Soprano and Piano and Soprano and Marimba. Each of the poems set in some way refer to the Moon or lunar activities and are meant to evoke and illuminate an other-wordly landscape. The first poem, “New Moon,” (1928-29) is a slow ballade to the Moon. Through a movement of subtly changing and augmented harmonies, the marimba conjures the terrain of space through tremolos while the Soprano soars above the shifting harmonies. “Tarantella” (1916) is a lively dance with a slow and sentimental waltz where the Soprano proclaims “Dance to the sliding sea and the moon.” The third song, “Invocation to the Moon,” (1932) is dynamic mosaic of changing and developing moods and tones ranging from joyous and ecstatic to lyrical and tranquil. The fleeting and relentlessly changing tempi and form of this song are reminiscent of the unknown and distant, foreign and strange topography of the Moon. Here the Soprano belts, “Moon, Oh Moon, great lady of heavenly few!” 

Performance History:

-May 11th, 2009; Doctorate Recital; Boston University; Boston, Massachusetts - 8:30PM

-June 12th, 2015; No. 1; IntoSecond Year Masters Recital; Codarts Rotterdam; Rotterdam, Netherlands – 8PM

-June 26th, 2015; No. 1; Into the Wild – Bachelor Final Exam; Codarts Rotterdam; Rotterdam, Netherlands

-August 19th, 2015; Music at MiMoDa – Paper or Plastik Cafe; West Los Angeles, California – 8PM

-August 23rd, 2015; unSUNg – Songs Uncommon and New; St. Mark's Episcopal Church; Glendale, California
-October 18th, 2015; NOVA Vocal Ensemble; St. Mark's Episcopal Church; Glendale, California - 7:30PM

-November 5th, 2016; No. 2; Dorothy B. Hoag Honors Recital; Hofstra University; Monroe Lecture Hall; Uniondale, NY – 8PM

-January 28th, 2017; Satellite Salon - Composition Conjuring; University of Southern Utah; Thorley Hall; Cedar City, UT – 7:30PM

-March 4th, 2018; The Rhoda Pinsley Levin Honors Recital; Hofstra University – Fortunoff Theater; Hempstead, NY – 1PM

 

George N. Gianopoulos

composer