Songs of Love and War (Fine, Vivian)
Marlene Walt, soprano, Jennie Shames, violin, Ralph Gomberg, oboe,
Stephen Walt, bassoon, Thomas Gauger, percussion, Gilbert Kalish, piano
Vivian Fine estate
Recorded live August 14, 1991 at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
|Work Title||Songs of Love and War|
|Year/Date of Composition||1991|
|First Performance||1991-08-14 at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, Marlene Walt, soprano, Jeannnie Shames, violin, Ralph Gomberg, oboe, Stephen Walt, bassoon, Thomas Gayger, percussion, Gilbert Kalish, piano|
|Librettist||Walt Whitman, Jozef Wittlin, Emily Dickinson, and the Old Testament|
|Average Duration||16 minutes|
|Instrumentation||Soprano, piano, violin, oboe, bassoon, and percussion|
Commissioned by Stephen Walt, in memory of his father.
[After Songs and Arias] Fine...maintained a serious mood for her next composition, Songs of Love and War.... This is not a cycle, but a series of songs about death using lyrics from some of Fine's favorite sources....the music is simple and at times severe....Often Fine doubled the vocal line, frequently with the oboe, and although the ensemble is quite large, she refrained from overwriting, having sparse counterpoints and occasional percussive material highlight the text.
- —Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999