Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"Four Trios from from Noon to Starry Night: A Walt Whitman Cantata, for Soprano, Baritone and Tenor," by Russell Platt

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"Four Trios from from Noon to Starry Night: A Walt Whitman Cantata, for Soprano, Baritone and Tenor," by Russell Platt

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Platt, Russell (b. 1965). Four Trios from From Noon to Starry Night: A Walt Whitman Cantata, for Soprano, Baritone and Tenor. "A Clear MidnightTSalut au Monde" (Part I)/ "TwilightTA Sketch." FortTryon Press, Classical Vocal Reprints, 2006.

Russell Platt is a composer, reviewer, and essayist. He has received awards for his significant contributions as a writer to such literary institutions as The New Yorkers "Goings on about Town" and Opera News. In From Noon to Starry Night, Platt has chosen texts by one of America's most lauded poets, Walt Whitman, effectively conveying the "noon and starry night," the beginning and end of a notable life of a notable poet. The recording made by Mirror Visions describes the texts chosen for the cantata as highlighting "the roughneck Whitman, the democratic Whitman, the transcendentalist Whitman, Whitman the Tover of comrades,' and Whitman the bard of war." Fort Tryon Press now has published a number of solos from the cantata (available through Classical Vocal Reprints) and these four excerpted trios. "A Clear Midnight," the first and the shortest piece of the four, begins with an a cappella setting for all three voices together, alternating with moody solo pianissimo triplet figures for solo piano. …

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