The Dickinson Songs of Aaron Copland (CMS Sourcebooks in American Music Series)

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There could be no more fitting subject for the opening volume of this new series than Copland's Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson. Long a favorite of performers and audiences alike, this inimitable cycle of art songs created at mid-century by a highly distinctive voice in American music pays tribute to one of America's revered poets, herself a pioneer of "the modern" on her own terms. Professor Starr convincingly identifies the aesthetic affinities of the poet and the composer in spite of the social, artistic, and ...
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There could be no more fitting subject for the opening volume of this new series than Copland's Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson. Long a favorite of performers and audiences alike, this inimitable cycle of art songs created at mid-century by a highly distinctive voice in American music pays tribute to one of America's revered poets, herself a pioneer of "the modern" on her own terms. Professor Starr convincingly identifies the aesthetic affinities of the poet and the composer in spite of the social, artistic, and chronological gaps that separated them and explains the pivotal nature of the work in Copland's output. He then describes the singular musical solutions devised for each poem, all the while emphasizing the composer's respect for the idiosyncrasies of Dickinson's verse. Commentary on the original version for soprano and piano is supplemented by information on Copland's later orchestrations of selected songs, a discussion of performance and interpretation, and an annotated discography.
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Foreword: From the Series Editor
Preface: From the Author
Table: Musical Examples
Ch. 1 Aaron Copland's Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: An Essential and Representative Work 1
Ch. 2 Aaron Copland and Emily Dickinson 7
Ch. 3 A "Very American" Voice: Subject Matter, Tone, Rhythm, and Space 13
Ch. 4 Poetic Texts and Song Lyrics: the Issue of "Authenticity" 21
Ch. 5 Copland's Style in Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson 29
Ch. 6 The Dickinson Songs as a Song Cycle 43
Ch. 7 Nature, Death, Life, Eternity: The Individual Songs, Nos. 1-7 51
Ch. 8 Nature, Death, Life, Eternity: The Individual Songs, Nos. 8-12 79
Ch. 9 Some Observations on Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson for Voice and Chamber Orchestra 99
Ch. 10 On Performing and Performances 105
Ch. 11 Closing Thoughts 113
App. 1 Emily Dickinson's Poems 117
App. 2 Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: An Overview 127
App. 3: Annotated Discography 129
Bibliography: Cited Sources and Suggested Readings 135
Index: Individual Names and Titles 137
Playlist: Recorded Musical Examples 139
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