Academic journal article Journal of Singing

A TRIPTYCH OF GRATITUDE TO THE DIVINE. Three Songs for Soprano and Piano

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

A TRIPTYCH OF GRATITUDE TO THE DIVINE. Three Songs for Soprano and Piano

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Dan Locklair, as Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has composed a number of works for the voice, some of which have been reviewed in this column. The work here is a cycle of three songs composed in 1976 and revised thirty years later. Not having seen the original score, I have no way of knowing the extent of the revision, but the music itself has the sound of much of the composed music of the 1970s. That is, dissonance is prominent, there is much use of the high range of the voice, and the vocal lines seem more instrumentally than vocally conceived.

The texts are interesting for their celebration of God in Nature. William Blake's "The Lamb," is, of course, very well known, but the other two poems are less so. "A Pastoral Hymn" by John Hall (1627-1656) reminds us that in the song of birds, the creeping of snails, the leafing of trees, and the blooming of flowers, God writes his name. …

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