Noche Oscura : for soprano, baritone and piano
by Kevin March (2019)
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Library shelf no. 783.12542/MAR 2 [Not for loan]
La Noche Oscure (Dark Night) was written in the
16th century by the Carmelite friar San Juan de la
Cruz (St. John of the Cross). On its surface, the poem reads like
an intense, clandestine, meeting of lovers. Each lover secrets
away from their respective homes to come together under the cover
of darkness to express their yearning and adoration for one
another. Beneath the poem's romantic veneer however, lies a
mystical, metaphorical subtext about a soul's yearning for the
This setting of Noche Oscure uses three languages: Spanish, French, and English, these three languages and the way they are handled in the piece helps to tell the story of the lovers.
Instrumentation: Soprano, baritone, piano.
Duration: 7 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by and is dedicated to Nicole Car and Étienne Dupuis on the occasion of their 2019 Australian recital tour
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