Milkman, eggs please

Joelle Wallach

About this work:

Milkman, Eggs, Please is one of the two songs that comprise Love in the Early Morning, two songs about making love to milkmen , a serio-comic songcycle of lust and longing, sexual fantasy and domestic comedy.    Here is the version for marimba (oh, those clinking bottles!)  and soprano as well as the cycle for voice and piano.

Women’s unrequited sexual and romantic longing have been the subject of male composers as distinct and respected as Mozart, Verdi and Bernstein.  But those male composers’ women have usually been seen as ridiculous, evil or at best pathetic.  These new songs, clearly penned in the hand of a woman, portray the poignancy of yearning side by side with its powerful lustiness and rollicking humor:  the social nicety of "Milkman, do we have it straight"  giving way to the plangent cry of "Morning ticks" with its desperate tenderness.

Year composed: 1988
Duration: 00:04:00
Ensemble type: Voice, Solo or With Chamber or Jazz Ensemble:Solo Voice with One Non-keyboard Instrument
Instrumentation: 1 Marimba, 1 Soprano
Instrumentation notes: S, mar

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