Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"I LOVE YOU THROUGH THE DAYTIMES" (from Love Songs of the New Kingdom, Tr. John L. Foster from the Ancient Egyptian)

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"I LOVE YOU THROUGH THE DAYTIMES" (from Love Songs of the New Kingdom, Tr. John L. Foster from the Ancient Egyptian)

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"I LOVE YOU THROUGH THE DAYTIMES" (from Low Songs of the New Kingdom, tr. John L. Foster from the ancient Egyptian). Baritone and Piano. Libby Larsen Publishing, 2003. Locrian mode; D^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; 4/4, ... = 40, with dark patience; V/M, P/M; 6 pages (3 minutes).

The Locrian mode, banned as a Western church mode because of its tritone, was chosen by the composer for this song precisely because it was "the forbidden mode." Beginning on B in the major scale, it contains two half steps (between tones one and two and four and five), and its tonic chord is a diminished triad. The dissonance and quality of grieving of the diminished triad perfectly suit this text, full of loneliness and longing. Translated from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, the poem expresses a lover's longing for the absent beloved. Daytime or nighttime, the speaker is wakeful and thinking of the beloved, waiting for the time of return. …

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