Sonnets for Baritone and Orchestra (Fine, Vivian)
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Vivian Fine Estate
|Work Title||Sonnets for Baritone and Orchestra|
|Year/Date of Composition||1976|
|First Performance||1976-12-05, Bennington College, North Bennington, Vermont, Wayne Dalton, baritone, Louis Calabro, conductor|
|Librettist||John Keats (1795–1821)|
|Average Duration||10 minutes|
|Instrumentation||2222, 2420, Timp, perc (piatti, sus. cymb, sandpaper blocks, glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba), strings|
The music is easily accesible…and the performers must have enjoyed her colorful orchestration, especially "To a Cat." Her ease and freedom in writing for a large ensemble are indicative of an experienced composer, one who has evolved from the earlier use of the orchestra as a woodwind, brass, and string choirs…to a fluid mixing and contrasting of instruments as used in the Sonnets.
- —Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999