Academic journal article Journal of Singing

I Will Learn to Love a Person

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

I Will Learn to Love a Person

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Cerrone, Christopher (b. 1984). I Will Learn to Love a Person (2012). I) "That Night with the Green Sky"; II) "Eleven Page Poem Page Three"; III) "I will Learn to Love a Person and then I will Teach You and then We will Know"; IV) "When I Leave this Place"; V) "Are You OK?" (Text: Tao Lin).

The compositional style of Christopher Cerrone; a brilliant young composer who hails from Brooklyn, New York, has been described as having "the quality of glittery, half-lighted surfaces enhanced by Postminimalist patterns" (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times). The song cycle, I Will Learn to Love a Person, is Cerrone's first major vocal work since his opera, Invisible Cities, which was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. The songs, originally conceived for soprano, clarinet, percussion, and piano, are now available through publisher Schott New York in a version for soprano and piano. The songs here are luminous, ethereal, and utterly about the poetry, itself a product of the so-called New Sincerity movement, defined by the composer in his preface as "autobiographical, direct, emotional, stripped down and self-doubting. …

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