Ouvir Estrelas

for Soprano and Piano

Written: 2017
Duration: ca. 3'
Instrumentation: soprano and piano
Commissioned by George Dennis O'Brien and is dedicated to Bernardo Andrade and His Family, in Loving Memory of Their Father, José Luís Andrade (1959-2017).
World Premiere: American Modern Ensemble, Julian Franco, Soprano; Blair McMillen, piano, National Sawdust, November 2, 2017
PublisherBill Holab Music

Sheet Music Available November 10, 2017
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PROGRAM NOTE

Ouvir Estrelas ("Listen To Stars") is a setting of a poem by Olavo Bilac, a Brazilian Parnassian poet, journalist and translator. Alongside Alberto de Oliveira and Raimundo Correia, he was a member of the “Parnassian Triad”, an acclaimed trio of Brazilian poets.

Ouvir Estrelas was commissioned by George Dennis O’Brien and is dedicated to Bernardo Andrade and His Family, in Loving Memory of Their Father, José Luís Andrade (1959-2017).

Robert Paterson’s first offering was from a Brazilian poet, Olavo Bilac’s, Ouvir Estrelas (“Listen to stars”), wonderful verses in English. The original Portuguese was sung by Ms. Franco here as an operatic aria in her highest range. The result was enthralling.
— Harry Rollick, ConcertoNet.com