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Night is worn : solo voice(s) with orchestra

by Kirsten Milenko (2019)

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Work Overview

Night is worn is set in a world without light where only shadows reach the earth and touch the skin. The piece is set in fragments to William Blake's collection of poems: 'The Songs of Innocence and of Experience.'

A setting devoured by greed - all elements taken and drained - Night is worn considers what a constant state of consumption does to the human psyche; affecting the body and mind as well as the world around us - that which is, and that which is yet to come.

Excerpt of text:

When the stars threw down their spears And water'd heaven with their tears Eternity shuddered, Many ages of groans

Fed with cold - reduced to misery.

To the four winds,
a gathered book - torn.

The thrones of Kings are shaken, Tombs in desolate places:

Night is worn
And the morn rises

from slumberous Mass.

The sons of eternity singing, And none shall gather leaves.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Orchestra and Two Voices - soprano, countertenor (or mezzo-soprano).

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Emma Ilona Mustaniemi (soprano) and Stephen George Yeseta (countertenor).

First performance: 8 Mar 19. Konservatoriets Koncertsal; Julius Thomsens Gade 1, 1974 Frederiksberg Denmark

Performances of this work

8 Mar 19: Konservatoriets Koncertsal; Julius Thomsens Gade 1, 1974 Frederiksberg Denmark

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