Landscape II - Winter

"Landscape II - Winter" is the third movement of Libby Larsen's song cycle My Ántonia.

The audio recording of "Landscape II - Winter" from My Ántonia is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Danya Katok, soprano, and Dimitri Dover, piano, and the performance took place at SongFest 2012 at the Colburn School.

Date: 2000Composer: Libby LarsenText: Willa CatherSong Collection: My Ántonia

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    From My Ántonia
    by Willa Cather

    Winter comes down savagely (on little towns) on
    the (prairie.)
    Winter lies too long in country towns;

    We had been silent a long time
    The edge of the sun sunk nearer and nearer the prairie floor
    when we saw a figure moving on the edge of the upland…
    “Antonia!” called her father
    “Tatinek!”–and we ran to meet him…

    Antonia took his hand and kissed it…
    As the sun set…
    they went off hand in hand…

    Winter comes down savagely..
    Like the light of truth itself!

    “My Papa, sad for old country,
    He never make music any more.
    At home he play violin all the time. Here never.”
    When he took his life…Antonia threw her arms around me
    “Oh Jimmy, what you think my lovely papa!”
    I could feel her heart breaking as she clung to me.

    Winter comes down savagely on the (prairie)
    With a…bier song

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