The Dinosaur, O.97 (Verotta, Davide)




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Davide Verotta (2021/12/22)

Publisher Info. Davide Verotta, 2021.
Performers Amy Foote, soprano, Ian Scarfe, piano
Misc. Notes Recording times: 0:10 Prologue, 0:50 Il Dinosauro, 3:41 Afternoon on a Hill, 5:42 Il Dinosauro, 7:12 Being Young and Green, 9:25 Il Dinosauro, 11:04 Thursday, 13:21 Il Dinosauro, 16:08 The Concert, 18:22 Il Dinosauro, 20:54 Sonnet (Fragments)
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Davide Verotta (2021/12/22)

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Work Title Two Lives' Stories: Woman/Dinosaur
Alternative. Title The Dinosaur
Composer Verotta, Davide
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. O.97
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IDV 44
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 10 songs:
  1. Prologue (narrated)
  2. Il Dinosauro
  3. Afternoon on a Hill
  4. Il Dinosauro
  5. Being Young and Green
  6. Il Dinosauro
  7. Thursday
  8. Il Dinosauro
  9. The Concert
  10. Il Dinosauro
  11. Sonnet (Fragments)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2021
First Performance. 2021/12/05
First Publication. 2021
Librettist see below
  1. Composer
  2. Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
Language Italian, English
Dedication Amy Foote
Average DurationAvg. Duration 23 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation soprano, piano
Extra Information The Dinosaur is a cantata for soprano and pianoforte that was inspired by a recurrent visit to the local Academy of Sciences that hosts the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The cantata alternates between two story narratives. The first concerns a dinosaur and develops from a museum visit into a musing about impermanence, into an invective against the passing of time. The second is a partial portrait of a woman, mostly concerned with youth and love and art. The dinosaur poem is in Italian and is written by the composer, borrowing the form from the poem "Dinosaur Skeleton" by Wislawa Szymborska. The woman’s portrait is sketched using a selection of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay.