Composer: Timothy Hoekman
Voice Type: DUET for Soprano and Baritone
Notes by the composer:
This duet for soprano and baritone was written for Alissa Walters and Robert Peavler in the spring of 2011, expressly for the CD From the Heartland: Art song of Kirke Mechem, Dominick Argento, Thomas Pasatieri and Timothy Hoekman, published by Albany Records. It is a playful romp through parts of three Shakespeare poems, each of which includes a pair of lovers. The duet weaves the three poems together, with the two characters sometimes answering each other from different poems. The perspective of the duet is slightly out of the ordinary. By its midpoint, the boy realizes that, although he thought he was the seducer, the girl has bested him in that game. At this point, the familiar "It was a lover and his lass" changes to "It was a lover and her lad." Shakespeare, could he envision the 21st century, probably wouldn't mind.
Information about the composer can be found at www.timothyhoekman.com
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