THE BIOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE

for Soprano, Viola and Cello

Written: 1990
Duration: 8'
Instrumentation: soprano, viola and cello
Text by Irving Feldman
Premiere: Composer’s Forum, Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, Rochester, NY, July 1, 1992.
 
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Program Note

When I was growing up in Buffalo, NY, my parents had a great collection poetry books. My father taught at the same university as Irving Feldman, and my parents had a few of his books of his poetry—some of them given as gifts from Feldman. The poem The Biographies of Solitude struck me as being a very good poem to set to music.

Many thanks for this... It’s going to take me a while to get used to your very dramatic setting of what for me is an elegaic poem—of women mourning the wounded vitality of disappointed love. Meanwhile, I AM enjoying the drama you’ve created.
— Irving Feldman, Poet MacArthur ("Genius Grant") Fellow