Weigl, Vally (1884-1982)
Dear Earth-a quintet of poems from Frederika Blankner
for French horn, violin, cello and piano, with medium voice (optional)Score only 15'30" $ 8.50 #040061 AP-340
Parts available from American Composers Alliance
170 W. 74th St., New York, NY 10023
Recording: Orion Master Recording 80393
The song titles are: Evolution, Redemption, Post Factum, Dear Earth, and This Gift of Mine. The piece is dedicated to Ilse Sass.
The composer writes: "Although based on Frederika Blankner's poems, this music is instrumental in essence and can also be performed as Songs Without Words, with various instruments taking over the vocal melody as indicated."
Austrian born, Vally Weigl studied musicology at Vienna University with Guido Adler and composition with Karl Weigl whom she later married. She taught at Vienna University's Musicology Institute. After moving to New York City in 1938, she earned an M.A. from Columbia University and served as chief music therapist at the New York Medical College, contributing many papers to the field of music therapy. She also became a faculty member at the New School. An award from the National Endowment for the Arts enabled her to complete her Carl Sandburg Cantata which was premiered at Carnegie Hall. She was also a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony.
Her music has been widely performed and her Dear Earth for horn, violin, cello and piano is published by Sisra Publications, the name Arsis Press uses to publish ASCAP composers. Her music is also published by E.C. Schirmer, Theodore Presser, Galaxy Music and Jelsor Music. Westminster Press has published her book, Songs For a Child.
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