This multi-movement work offers a musical peak into the fantastical visual world of Marc Chagall via poetry by Robert Bode. Its seven poems are imaginative reflections on seven paintings by the Russian-French artist. Scored for SATB chorus and piano four-hands, this eclectic score opens with an explosive hymn to the morning sun, and continues in a jazzy 1920s-style, two songs of love (sacred and secular), a view of nature at flickering sunset, and a visit to the world of dreams. It concludes with a series of good-humored musings on some of history's greatest geniuses, set in ragtime and bolero styles in alternation. The seven movements are: 1. Invocation; 2. The Poets' Choice; 3. The Manger Haikus; 4. Love Song; 5. Night: Scherzo; 6. In Dreams; 7. Inspiration.
Robert Bode & William Averitt - E.C. Schirmer Music Co.
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