Expand
  • Find us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Follow us on Instagram
  • View Our YouTube Channel
  • Listen on Spotify
  • View our scores on nkoda
Music Text

various (E,S)

Scoring

3(III=picc).2.corA.2.Ebcl.bcl.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(4-5):glsp/
t.bells/vib/xyl/tom-t/anvil/finger cyms/susp.cym/tam-t/tgl/guiro/wdbl
/3 rock drums(set)/2SD/tamb/TD-harp-pft(=cel,elec.pft)-fender bass-
strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

Publisher

Boosey & Hawkes, Sole Agent

Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

Availability

World premiere of version
10/9/1996
92nd Street Y, New York, NY
Kurt Ollmann, bar/Luretta Bybee, mez/Rosa Vento, sop/Stephanie Blythe, alto/Arthur Woodley, bass / Janus Ensemble / Michael Barrett
Programme Note

Writes critic Edward Seckerson, “Songfest is a songsmith’s masterpiece: Songfest sings America.” Long before ‘multiculturalism’ became a buzzword, Bernstein celebrated the joyous diversity of America in this masterly cycle for six singers and orchestra. From Walt Whitman, Julia de Burgos, Langston Hughes, June Jordan, Gertrude Stein, e.e. cummings, and others Bernstein drew an inspired array of texts, touching in typical fashion on love, social issues, the joys and trials of daily life, and the creative impulse itself. Likewise, Bernstein was ahead of the curve when it came to breaking down stylistic barriers. Mahlerian late-Romanticism, fiery Latin rhythms, moaning blues, modal folksong, and sharp-angled jazz meet up in Songfest; ambitious in scope, yet cohesive in structure, it is surely one of the composer’s finest achievements.

Subjects

Links

Listening
Stay updated on the latest composer news and publications