Alleycat Love Song (Wallach, Joelle)

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Work Title Alleycat Love Song
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Composer Wallach, Joelle
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJW 6
Key C minor
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2007
Librettist Dana Gioia (b. 1950)
Language English
Dedication my cat Jasmin
Average DurationAvg. Duration 3 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation voice, piano
External Links http://joellewallach.com/composition/alleycat-love-song/
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Written in the imaginary voice of Jasmin, Wallach’s magical cat and mini-muse,Alley Cat Love Song, based on a poem by Dana Gioia, is a lyrical, lusty look at longing and an exuberant collaboration between piano and voice.

Come into the garden, Fred, For the neighborhood tabby is gone. Come into the garden, Fred. I have nothing but my flea collar on, And the scent of catnip has gone to my head. I’ll wait by the screen door till dawn.

The fireflies court in the sweetgum tree. The nightjar calls from the pine, And she seems to say in her rhapsody, “Oh, mustard-brown Fred, be mine!” The full moon lights my whiskers afire, And the fur goes erect on my spine.

I hear the frogs in the muddy lake Croaking from shore to shore. They’ve one swift season to soothe their ache. In autumn they sing no more. So ignore me now, and you’ll hear my meow As I scratch all night at the door.