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The open road : song cycle

by Kate Moore (2008)

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Performance by Michaela Riener, Eva Tebbe, Marc Kaptijn, Eef van Breen, Frank Wienk, Kate Moore from the CD open road

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The open road : setting of poems by Walt Whitman / Kate Moore.

Library shelf no. CD 2184 [Not for loan]

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The open road : song cycle / music by K. E. Moore ; text by W. Whitman

Library shelf no. 783.67547/MOO 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The text is adapted from Walt Whitman's 'Song of The Open Road', a set of poems featured in his magnum opus 'Leaves of Grass'. The words, encased in song and music, encourage the listener to put way all fear and anxiety and take to the open road as a symbol for life's journey, a process of discovering "divine things well envelop'd...more beautiful than words can tell".

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano voice (also singing bowl), harp, trumpet/flugelhorn, organ (each performer also sings and plays percussion instruments).

Duration: 45 min.

Difficulty: Medium — The harp part is more difficult and requires an advanced performer.

Contents note: Lyre -- We must not stop here -- I will be honest with you -- Whoever you are come travel with me -- Mystic trumpeter -- They too are on the road -- Journeyers -- We will sail -- Spin bird -- To that which is endless -- Whoever you are come forth -- The open road -- The road is before us -- You flagg'd walks.

Dedication note: Dedicated Michaela Riener, Eva Tebbe, Marc Kaptijn and Eef van Breen

Commission note: Commissioned by The Korzo Theater 2008

First performance: 2008. Performed as a music theatre piece at The Korzo Theater, Den Haag, Netherlands directed by Matthias Mooij


Performances of this work

25 Jun 09: Ostade Theater, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Featuring Michaela Riena.

25 May 09: Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Netherlands. Featuring Michaela Riena.

24 Apr 09: Theater Odeon, Zwolle, Netherlands. Featuring Michaela Riena.

2008: Performed as a music theatre piece at The Korzo Theater, Den Haag, Netherlands directed by Matthias Mooij

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