The Sunflowers for Unison Choir, Cello and Piano (Sydeman, William Jay)

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General Information

Work Title The Sunflowers for Unison Choir, Cello and Piano
Alternative. Title
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 78
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 piece
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1992 ca.
First Publication. 2016
Librettist Mary Oliver
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 3 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation unison choir, cello, piano

Misc. Comments

Rereading this poem’s poignancy after many years literally brings tears to my ears… and I am delighted with the combination of women’s choir, cello and piano. The intense high register of the cello keeps this poignancy alive, while the choir intones the words in a somewhat neutral way in low register and the piano adds harmonic filigree supporting both.

– W. Jay Sydeman