Love Letters

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Love Letters


Carman, Judith, Journal of Singing


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VOGEL, ROGER C. (b. 1947). LOVE LETTERS for high voice, violin, and piano. Howard J. Buss Publications, 2006. Tonal; C^sub 4^-B[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: M, mH, CR, CS; mixed meters; varied tempos; V/M-D, Vln/M-D, P/M-D; ca. 44 minutes for whole cycle. Soprano; tenor (OASIS CD: ORCV4000; Ellen Ritchey, soprano).

ABBREVIATION KEY: Diff = difficulty level; V = voice; P = piano; E = easy; mE = moderately easy; M = medium; mD = moderately difficult; D = difficult; DD = very difficult; Tess = tessitura; LL = very low; L = low; mL = moderately low; M = medium; mH = moderately high; H = high; HH = very high; CR = covers range; CS = covers staff; X = no clear key center.

THE NEW, THE OLD, AND THE PERENNIAL

1. "Your Letter Moved Me" (Margaret Lawrence to Benedict Greene, June 21, 1942). Tonal; E^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, 2/4, 5/4, 6/4, Allegretto (... = 96); V/M, Vln/M, P/M; 3 pages (c. 2:20 min.).

2. "I Lie Awake" (Pliny the Younger to Calpurnia, 1st century A.D. and Catherine the Great to Colonel Peter Zavadovskii, 1776). Tonal; D[musical flat]^sub 4^,-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; 3/4, 4/4, 2/4, Lento (... = 50); V/M, Vln/mD, P/mD; 5 pages (c. 3:40 min.).

3. "Dear Miss West Forty-seventh Street" (John Steinbeck to Elaine Scott, June 6th, 1949). Tonal; D^sub 4^-A^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, 6/4, 5/4, Allegretto (... = 112); V/M, Vln/M, P/M; 4 pages (c. 1:40 min.).

4. "My Dearest Nell" (Bert Fielder to Nell Fielder, July 21st, 1915 and c. October 1st, 1914). Tonal; C^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: CS; 5/4, 4/4, 6/4, 3/4, Moderato (... = 64); V/M-mD, Vln/tacet, P/M-mD; 8 pages (c. 7:30 min.).

5. "The French Ladies" (Benjamin Franklin to Elizabeth Partridge, October 11th, 1779). Tonal; D^sub 4^-A^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 5/4, 6/8, 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, Allegro (... = 112); V/M, Vln/mD, P/mD; 8 pages (c. 3:30 min.).

6. "My Darling, Dear, Delightful Ringo" (Mary L. to Ringo Starr, c. 1964). Tonal; C^sub 4^-A^sub 5^; Tess: CR; 3/4, 5/4, 2/4, 4/4, Slow Waltz Tempo (... = 96) con rubato; V/mD, Vln/mD, P/M; 4 pages (c. 2:30 min.).

7. "Have You Heard That I Love You?" (Ogden Nash to Frances Rider, August 25th, 1929). Tonal; C^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, 2/4, 5/8, 3/4, 9/8, 5/4, Allegretto (... = 112); V/mD, Vln/D, P/tacet; 4 pages (c. 3:30 min.).

8. "Alas! I have Suffered Your Scorn" (Marianna Alcoforado to Noel Bouton de Chamilly, 1668). Tonal; D^sub 4^-B[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: CS; 4/4, 5/4, 3/4, 6/4, Adagio (... = 60); V/D, Vln/D, P/mD; 14 pages (c. 11:15 min.).

9. "Everything Measurable Passes" (Gustave Flaubert to Louise Colet, August 9th, 1846). Tonal; G4-G5; Tess: M; 5/4, 4/4, 6/4, Adagio (... = 66); V/M, Vln/M, P/M; 2 pages (c. 1:30 min.).

10. "Interlude." Tonal; V/tacet, Vln/mD, P/mD; 4 pages (c. 2:50 min.).

11. "Adieu, I Seal My Letter" (Gustave Flaubert to Louise Colet, August 6th or 7th, 1846). Tonal; D^sub 4^-A^sub 5^; Tess: M;4/4, 3/4, 5/4, 2/4, 6/4, Adagio (... = 56); V/M-mD, Vln/mD, P/M-mD; 5 pages (c. 4:20 min.).

Roger C. Vogel, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is currently Professor of Music at the University of Georgia. His catalog of musical compositions includes over 100 works, many of which have won various competitions. This song cycle is one of several works with interesting texts for voice with piano and/or other instruments (see his website at uga.edu for a complete listing). Composed in 2002 for colleagues at the University of Georgia and Ellen Ritchey, Instructor of Voice at Gainsville College, Love Letters is a collection of excerpts from love letters of famous, and not so famous, historical figures. In his program notes, the composer states "the excerpts that were selected for this song cycle were chosen to represent many different aspects of the universal emotion of love: from longing, exuberance, excitement, and playfulness to sorrow and despair." A brief comment puts each printed text in its historical context. …

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