Academic journal article Journal of Singing


Academic journal article Journal of Singing


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STATUESQUE (Gene Scheer). Five Songs for Mezzo soprano and Piano (originally with flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, bass, and piano). Bent Pen Music, Inc, 2005. Various and changing tonal centers, X with many key signature changes; D^sub 3^-G^sub 5^(G^sup #^^sub 5^); Tess: M-mL (with a few LL pitches); mostly regular meters; varied moderate tempos; V/mD-D, P/mD-D; 47+ pages.

1. "Henry Moore: Reclining Figure in Elmwood." X; B^sub 4^-E^sub 5^; Tess: mL; 2/4, 4/4, Simply ... = 44- A little faster, ... = 92; V/D, P/D, 8+ pages.

2. "Pablo Picasso: Head of a Woman 1932." X (B centered); D^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; 6/8, 9/8, Brightly ... = 72; V/D, P/D; 6+ pages.

3. "Hatshepsut: The Divine Potter." X; A^sub 3^(D^sub 3^)-F^sup #^^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, 2/4, 3/4, Steady and mysterious ... = 92; V/ mD, P/mD; 6+ pages.

4. "Alberto Giacometti: Standing Woman 1948." X; D^sub 3^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; 3/4, 2/4, 2/2, 3/2, Steady and sadnot too slow ... = 88 (with increasing tempos); V/D, P/D; 6+ pages.

5. "We're Through (Winged Victory)." B minor/B major, C^sup #^ minor; B^sub 3^F^sup #^^sub 5^(G^sup #^^sub 5^); 4/4, 6/8, 3/4, 3/2, 2/4, 5/4, Powerful, yet vulnerable ... = c. 102 (with changes and nuances); V/D, P/D; 16+ pages.

Commissioned by the University of Kansas at Lawrence for mezzo soprano Joyce Castle, Statuesque features five famous statues in speaking roles, so to speak. Poet Gene Scheer has created a first person narrative for each statue that explains and reacts to its origins. The spirit of the statue in "Henry Moore: Reclining Figure in Elmwood" is "filled with unexpected shadows. …

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