THURSDAY

for Soprano and Piano

Photo and Design Layout: Phoebe Cohen.

Photo and Design Layout: Phoebe Cohen.

Written: 1999
Duration: ca. 12'
Instrumentation: soprano and piano
Written for Judith Kellock
Chosen from a national call for scores for The Chicago Ensemble's "Discover America IV" concert, Sharon Quatrin, soprano, Gerald Rizzer, piano, Chicago, IL, November 11, 2001.
Premiere: Cornell Contemporary Chamber Players, Judith Kellock, soprano, Lisa Leong, piano, Cornell University, September 25, 1999.
PublisherBill Holab Music
 
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Program Note

The text for Thursday was conceived and written by two close friends, Bridget Meeds and Kenny Berkowitz, both excellent writers who possess an acute and often exquisitely wry sense of humor. Each movement attempts to paint a literary picture of the central character by introducing various people who are related to her. The work has six short movements, each one representing a different character.

– RP

Subtle and intricate musical settings that truly define the words “art songs”... intricate, idiomatic to the text, very colorful, and brilliantly wedded to the subtle nuances of vocal expression.
— Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition
Thursday especially appealed to me, both words and music. The characterization was clear and convincing. I hope you are thinking about more vocal music!
— John Harbison, Composer, Winner of the MacArthur Award and Pulitzer Prize in Music
[Thursday] is really a fantastic, brilliantly-written, beautifully crafted, clever and witty piece, and written very well for the piano!
— Elaine Kwon, Pianist, Model; Affiliate Artist, MIT