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Songs for a day : three poems of Yannis Ritsos, for soprano, flute, violoncello, and piano

by Aristea Mellos (2014)

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Performance by Helen Zhibing Huang, Jane Bishop, James Larsen, Ada Arumeh Kim Lowery from the CD Songs for a Day

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Songs for a Day / Aristéa Mellos.

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Work Overview

Songs for a Day is an atmospheric collection of three songs for soprano and small chamber ensemble. The songs are fragile and intimate in nature, and seek to explore the emotions of an anonymous female protagonist throughout a 24 hour cycle.

Suddenly, the first song, was composed as part of the first annual Ritsos Project - a festival founded to celebrate the legacy of the Greek poet, Yannis Ritsos. The second and third songs in this collection, Morning and Afternoon were commissioned in 2014 by Ossia New Music.

Work Details

Year: 2014

Instrumentation: Soprano, flute, cello, piano.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Advanced vocal chamber music - requires an agile soprano voice

Contents note: I. Suddenly -- II. Morning -- III. Afternoon.

Commission note: Commissioned by Ossia New Music.

First performance: by Madeline Cain, Caroline Sonett, Ian Greenberg, Daniel Pesca — 1 Dec 14. Kilbourn Hall, The Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York

Poems by Yannis Ritsos, translated by Kimon Friar.


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Performances of this work

9 Jul 2022: at First Stones (Various venues). Featuring James Larsen, Jenny Duck-Chong.

13 Oct 2019: at Songs for a Day (SCEGGS Great Hall). Featuring Helen Zhibing Huang.

11 Mar 15: Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Featuring Daniel Pesca, Madeline Cain, Zach Sheets, Daniel Ketter.

1 Dec 14: Kilbourn Hall, The Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. Featuring Madeline Cain, Caroline Sonett, Ian Greenberg, Daniel Pesca.

9 Jul 14: Karlovasi Town Hall, Karlovasi Samos

4 Jul 14: National Library of Greece, Lilian Voudouri, The Megaron, Athens. Featuring Daniel Pesca, Emlyn Johnson, Sophie Burgos.

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