Thirteen Dickinson Songs

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Thirteen Dickinson Songs was composed by George Perle from 1977-8. The song cycle, which of course sets the poetry of Emily Dickinson, uses George Perle's "12-note tonality" compositional method.

Date: 1978Composer: George PerleText: Emily Dickinson

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The song cycle was commissioned for Bethany Beardslee by the National Endowment for the Arts and was premiered by Beardslee at Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) on June 19, 1978 as part of the Fifth Annual Art Songs Festival.


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Thirteen Dickinson Songs

Composer(s): George Perle

Song(s): 1. Perhaps you'd like to buy a flower
2. I Like to see it lap the miles
3. I know some lonely Houses off the road
4. There came a Wind like a Bugle
5. Beauty—be not caused—It is
6. The Wind—tapped like a tired Man
7. These are the days when Birds come back
8. The Heart asks—Pleasure first
9. What if I say I shall not wait!
10. If I’m lost—now
11. The Loneliness One dare not sound
12. Under the Light, yet under
13. She bore it till the simple veins

Voice Type: Soprano

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