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Written For

Tenor and Orchestra




Completed May 2019, Norman, Oklahoma. Written as a thesis in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master's of Music from the University of Oklahoma

Instrumentation: 3(Picc.)-3(E.H.)-3(B.Cl.)-3(Cbsn.); 4-3-2(B.Tbn.)-1; Timp., 3Perc., Pno., Cel., Harp, Str.

Program Notes

Night Song is a setting of Friedrich Nietzsche’s poem of the same name from his philosophical novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra. The text explores the inner life of the book’s titular character, a philosopher-prophet who tires of dispensing wisdom and wishes that he could receive from others the gifts of knowledge that he distributes. Zarathustra’s lament begins as a florid cry of desire for companionship but descends into madness as his thoughts turn inward on themselves. This dichotomy between other-oriented lament and the self-centered chatter drives the musical and textual drama of the piece.



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