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From the Letters of Emily Dickinson (1988)

for SSAA chorus, 2 horns, and piano
duration: 13 minutes

 

While looking through an annotated edition of Emily Dickinson poetry (intending to find some to set to music), in a footnote to one of the poems I came across a letter written by Dickinson. The letter was in some ways more interesting than the poem, and I soon began to think about setting selections from her letters instead. After looking through several hundred letters, I settled on the four which make up this piece.

The work is dedicated to my dear friend, conductor Hugh Murphy.

 
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This is the premiere performance, recorded on June 25, 1989, with the DaCamera Singers, mezzo-soprano Jean Crichton, horn players Adam Tillett & Jennifer Smith Tillett, and myself at the piano, conducted by Ernest Liotti:

 
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