THE SEA OF SUNSET

for soprano / mezzo-soprano and ensemble

Duration:

8 minutes
 

Instrumentation:   

soprano /  mezzo-soprano, tenor trombone, piano and double bass

Year Composed:  

1999

 

Text:

Emiliy Dickinson

Language:

English

Written For:

Ayelet Carmon

Commissioned By:

The Jerusalem Academy of Music

 

Premiere Performance:

31 March, 1998
Jerusalem, Israel
Ayelet Carmon, mezzo-soprano
Mitchell Ross, trombone
Michael Klinghoffer, Double Bass
Allan Sterenfeld, piano

Program Notes:

The poems of Emily Dickinson are very unique work of art. Most of her poems are full with detailed descriptions, transferring the poems to a medium of picture, carefully painted and calculated. Yet, it is quiet amazing that these poems came from the hand of a woman who lived secluded life, in her hometown Amherst, Massachusetts. A clue may be finds in one of Dickinson’s saying: “To shut our eyes is to travel.” 

As I approached Dickinson’s poems (which are close to 2000), I found that most of them, even the short ones, are built into a large space. Each poem needs its development time and cannot be rushed or squeezed to a regular song form. In “The Sea of Sunset,” I have let the words, the nature description, and the lazy mood of the poem take me to the picture medium. Adding the murmur of the sea, and the whisper of the wind, I tried to get as close as possible to the picture I saw through the poem.

 
 

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