Donahue, Bertha Terry (1917-1994) Website
The Castle Yonder
a cycle of songs for soprano with piano accompaniment
7'30" $ 7.00 #040040 AP-319
These songs are settings of poems by children collected by Richard Lewis in his book Miracles, published by Simon and Schuster, New York 1966. They reflect a mother's comprehension of a child's world interwoven with her own. The six songs are titled: The Castle Yonder, The Dew, Household Problems, Rain, A Cat, and The Four Winds.
Born in New York City, Bertha Terry Donahue majored in composition at Smith College where she studied with Ernest Levy and John Colman. An outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed salmon fishing and mountain climbing, she was also an active supporter of community arts in her adopted city of Washington, D.C.
Her compositions include carols, pieces for strings, a song cycle based on poems written by children and two operettas. Her music has been performed by groups in the Washington area and in New York, including the Norman Scribner Choir and Philomela.
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