A se stesso (vocal quartet)
by Robert Douglas (1986)
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A se stesso ('to oneself') consists of very sparse slow-moving vocal textures punctuated by delicate instrumental passages. The words are taken from a poem by Leopardi. The vocal writing emphasises a clear avoidance of ornament of any form, including vibrato. Additionally the harmonic language is strictly constrained throughout.
Instrumentation: Vocal quartet (2 sopranos, alto, bass), flute (and piccolo), trombone, violoncello, percussion 1 (timpani, large tam tam, crotales), percussion 2 (timpani, bass drum, cymbals), harp.
Difficulty: Advanced — Very exposed parts for voices and instruments; except for the harp, the rhythmic and harmonic language is not difficult.
A setting of the poem by Giacomo Leopardi.
Program note: Robert Douglas's "A Se Stesso"
© Robert Douglas
Source: Source: Flederman Program, 1985
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