Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Moore, Ben (B. 1960). "The Time to Begin"

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Moore, Ben (B. 1960). "The Time to Begin"

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Moore, Ben (b. 1960). "The Time to Begin" (based on a letter of Giuseppe Verdi with additional original text by Ben Moore). For Baritone and Piano. Ben Moore, 2012. B[musical flat] centered; B^sub 2^-F^sub 4^; Tess: mH; 6/8, 3/8, 5/8, 4/8, .... = 34; V/M, P/M; 5+ pages.

The text of this song is about the work of the composer. Ben Moore sets the scene in his own words-"Now the time to begin/ A single doorway opens to the rooms within where pages of music lie waiting, silent, patient/ Oh, for the sweet possibilities-the song unsung." The following lines suggest that the page waits for the composer to make a plan or have a vision that looks both to the past and to the future. This is exactly the tone of Verdi's letter of January, 1871, to Francesco Florino, declining his offer of the Directorship of the Conservatory at Naples. …

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