Songs of Insects and Animals

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Songs of Insects and Animals

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Songs of Insects and Animals. Duration approx. 8 min. Also available for medium voice and piano.

Prologue: It's all I have to bring today
I.A spider sewed at night
II.The robin is the one
III.A narrow fellow in the grass
IV. Like Men and Women

Emily Dickinson was, and still is, an enigmatic figure. Each poem seems to be in code, and I rarely take Dickinson at her word. For this cycle I've chosen texts that have to do with animals and insects, in the tradition of bestiaries, popular in the Middle Ages and usually containing religious symbolism. My collection includes the only animal that, as far as we know, is self-aware.The behavior of this being is found in the final song. Some of these songs were composed in hours, others days, and another weeks. Commissioned by The Seasons Music Festival, they are dedicated to this premiering duo of Robert Frankenberry and Tanya Stambuk.

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Steven Paul Spears, tenor | Sharon Lavery, piano