The Village

2009

Instrumentation

Baritone
Piano Accompaniment

Duration

c. 13′

Venue

Concert

Performances

Premier:
Andrew Neer (Baritone) 
Kelly Patterson (Piano) 
Shaver Recital hall 
Wayne State University 
Detroit, MI 
March 31, 2010

Movements

I. The Tide, Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
II. May, Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
III. The Blacksmith, Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Publisher

Pinebrook Music Company, LLC

Description

For a long time now, I have loved these three poems. I finally decided to set them together this year in a short cycle. For me, the music truly came from the text. I did not want the music to appear to be more important than the lyrics, rather the lyrics more important than the music. These th ree poems are very story-like in their application which made it very easy to highlight the text. What I have created is a mere accompaniment to the brilliant texts of Longfellow. I hope you enjoy this cycle, I have truly enjoyed writing it!

A. Neer