Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Young Love

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Young Love

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COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES

THOMAS, RICHARD PEARSON (b. 1957). YOUNG LOVE (Sara Teasdale). A Cycle of Songs for Young Voices for High Voice and Piano [also published for Medium voice]. Portage Press Publishing, 2008 (CVR). Traditional keys; C#^sub 4^-A^sub 5^ (high)/ B^sub 3^-G^sub 5^ (medium); Tess: M; regular meters with some changes; varied tempos; V/mE-mD, P/mE-M; 4-6 pages each. TITLES: "I cannot heed the words they say," "I have a secret in my heart," "I wrote his name along the beach," "What am I that he should love me," "O dreams that flock about my sleep," "I sent my love a letter," "I hid three words within my heart," and "Across the twilight's violet."

The eight songs in this volume were commissioned by soprano Hope Hudson for eight of her high school voice students in Garden City, New York. Hope was looking for something different for her students to sing at contest, and composer Richard Pearson Thomas was interested in writing some songs for young voices. The happy outcome of their collaboration is this collection of songs on poetry of Sara Teasdale. Although the subtitle is A Cycle of Songs . . . , the songs are not really meant to be sung as such. Each song is dedicated to Hope Hudson and one of her students, and presumably each was composed with the particular singer in mind. …

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