Eldorado (2010)

for high voice and piano trio (2010)
pre­miere Octo­ber 24, 2010
The Bell and Barter & Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter
Rock­away, NJ

pre­miere per­for­mance with Emily Clare Thompson-Schweer, soprano

Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Eldo­rado set for high voice and piano trio. It was pre­sented by In Mid Air Pro­duc­tions in its pre­miere per­for­mance, and was sung by soprano Emily Clare Thompson-Schweer, but is suit­able for tenor as well.

In per­for­mance, the piece should have a bouncy and almost joc­u­lar start, to bet­ter con­trast with the shift­ing moods of the fol­low­ing stan­zas. The final sec­tion (Ride, boldly ride!) is a dri­ving, emphatic march which leads to a sud­den quiet as the knighted hero passes on.

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