The Little Balloon Man for Solo Violin and Narrator (Sydeman, William Jay)

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Publisher. Info. Arts Aeturnum Productions, 2012.
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Work Title The Little Balloon Man for Solo Violin and Narrator
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Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 75
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 piece
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1982 ca.
First Publication. 2012
Librettist ee cummings [in Just-]
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 2.5 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation violin, narrator

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In the ‘80s, I was interested in spoken word with music, particularly with instrumental music aside from piano. I was attracted to this poem, and I had a friend who played the flute... The first thing I wrote was the little balloon tune. Later, I added the introduction, and decided to use it for the violin. In some ways, the introduction is like stuff I wrote in the ‘60s, which is lots of different colors. The tune itself is just a straightforward simple tune.

– W. Jay Sydeman