As the world descended into the Great War, composers joined the war effort, many as soldiers. The works on this program present the individual struggles of wartime and give voice to the many lives cut short. Of particular note is Lili Boulanger’s song cycle Clairières dans le ciel, whose expressions of loss are made all the more searing by the composer’s own imminent death.
This concert is part of the Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song.
Amanda Lynn Bottoms, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Roderick Williams, baritone; Myra Huang, piano; Shannon McGinnis, piano
N. Boulanger: Soir d’hiver
Debussy: Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons
Granados: Tonadillas al estilo antiguo [Sel.]
Errollyn Wallen: Roundel
Gurney: Songs [Sel.]
L. Boulanger: Clairières dans le ciel
Readings of poetry by Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, E.E. Cummings, Rupert Brooke, and other WWI poets.