Academic journal article Journal of Singing

FRIENDLY PERSUASIONS, Homage to Poulenc

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

FRIENDLY PERSUASIONS, Homage to Poulenc

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FRIENDLY PERSUASIONS, Homage to Poulenc (Gene Scheer). Four Songs for Tenor and Piano. Bent Pen Music, Inc., 2008. Tonal, bitonal; D^sub 3^-A^sup [musical flat]^4; Tess: mH-H; regular meters without changes; varied tempos; V/M-mD, P/M-mD; 21 pages. Tenor.

1. "Wanda Landowska." G centered; F^sub 3^-G^sub 4^; Tess: mH; 2/2, stately, but not too slow (... = ca. 68); V/mD, P/ mD; 6 pages.

2 "Pierre Bernac." Tonal, many modulations; D^sub 3^-G^sub 4^; Tess: mH; 4/4, Brightly (... = ca. 120); V/mD, P/ mD; 5 pages.

3 "Raymonde Linossier." Tonal with modulations; F^sub 3^-A^sup [musical flat]^^sub 5^; Tess: H; 3/4, Valse triste (... = ca. 108); V/mD, P/M; 6 pages.

4 "Paul Éluard." C centered, some bitonality; G^sub 3^-A^sup [musical flat]^^sub 4^; Tess: mH-H; 4/4, Stark (... = ca. 84); V/M, P/M; 4 pages.

Commissioned by Wigmore Hall, London, these songs were first performed in April, 2008 as part of a celebration of the songs of Francis Poulenc. The poems by Gene Scheer range from the humor of "Wanda Landowska" and "Pierre Bernac" through the sadness of "Raymonde Linossier" to the fear and final return of creativity of "Paul Éluard." In general, the music reflect aspects of Poulenc's compositional style, with some quotation, while providing the appropriate setting for each poem. …

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