Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Three Robes

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Three Robes

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LYONS, GILDA (b. 1975). THREE ROBES. A Song Cycle for Voice and Piano on Poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. ECS Publishing, 2007. Tonal; A^sub 3^-A^sub 5^; Tess: mL-mH; regular and changing meters, moderate tempos; V/M-D, P/M-D; 18 pages.

1. "Three Robes." F major; C^sub 4^-F^sub 5^; Tess: M; 6/8, Briskly in step (.... = 62); V/M, P/mD [hand clapping only, irregular rhythms]; 2 pages.

2. "I Straighten the Bed." F minor; C^sub 4^-A[musical flat]^sub 5^; Tess: mL-mH; 6/8, Always moving ahead (.... = 66); V/M-mD, P/M; 4 pages.

3. "You Won't Hear a Cheep." D centered; A^sub 3^-A^sub 5^; Tess: Wide; 4/4, 3/4, 5/4, Intimate, floating (... = 54); V/D, P/D; 5 pages.

4. "Lovebite." E[musical flat] centered; B[musical flat]^sub 5^-F^sub 5^; Tess: L-M; 4/4, 11/8, 9/8, 15/8, 18/8, Gently, with ease (... = 72; [sung] = 144); V/D, P/D; 5 pages.

5. "The Quay" X; C^sub 4^-E^sub 5^; Tess: M; 5/4, 6/4, 2/4, Spare and free, with intense focus (... = 60-65); V/mD, P/M [hand clapping only]; 2 pages.

Gilda Lyons is a composer/singer who has had several premieres of her work in 2006 and 2007. As a singer she has performed in two of Daron Hagan's operas, evidence of her interest in performing twenty-first century music. She received her PhD in music composition from SUNY at Stony Brook.

The Irish poetry of this cycle by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill is set in the Paul Muldoon translation. The music evokes the Irish flavor of the poetry. The first poem, which sets the tone, speaks of three robes ("a mantle of tears," "a coat of sweat," "a gown of blood") laid down before her lover. The second and third poems deal with lovemaking, the fourth with a dream of the lover, and the fifth with the sorrow of parting. …

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