Tre Sonetti Di Michelangelo Buonarroti

Allen Brings

About this work:
The dominant poetic theme of the three texts by Michelangelo Buonarroti set in Tre Sonetti is that of the creative soul which hopes, through its consuming pursuit of artistic beauty, to achieve a superior existence in eternity. In its service to the intense, almost unrestrained, emotions expressed by Michelangelo, the music of these settings enlists the aid of a wide range of rhetorical musical devices, devices, perhaps more commonly associated with the arioso and accompanied recitative of Italian opera seria than with the art song. The vocal line, which always prevails when it is present, fluctuates, for example, between the long, breathless strands of an intimate, almost diatonic, lyricism and chains of brief, increasingly agitated, fragments shaped by wide chromatic leaps and constant dynamic change. The accompanying ensemble is also polarized between a play of short virtuosic motives and long, vocally conceived lines, between exposed but sustained two-part counterpoint and dense, mosaic-like textures to which all instruments contribute brief, highly colored particles. Tre Sonetti was recorded on a Grenadilla long playing record by soprano Catherine Rowe and the New Repertory Ensemble of New York under the direction of Dinu Ghezzo. A version for soprano and piano is also available. Recorded on a Grenadilla Long Playing record GS-1058.
Version: soprano & chamber ensemble
Year composed: 1975
Duration: 00:08:00
Ensemble type: Voice, Solo or With Chamber or Jazz Ensemble:Voice with Chamber/Jazz Ensemble, 6-9 Players
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 1 Percussion (General), 1 Piano, 1 Violin, 1 Cello, 1 Double bass, 1 Mezzo-Soprano
Instrumentation notes: Percussion is optional. A version for soprano and piano is also available.
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