THE SLEEPERS

Composer: 

Year Authored (or revised): 

2015

Scoring: 

soprano and chamber orch - 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B-flat, 2 bassoons; 2 horns, 2 trumpets; harp; strings (min. 6,6,4,4,2)

Duration (min): 

12

Text Source/Author: 

Walt Whitman, from "The Sleepers," published in Leaves of Grass, 1855

First Performance: 

February 8th, 2015; Jamie Jordan, soprano, Cordancia Chamber Orchestra; Rochester, NY

Walt Whitman's "The Sleepers" is a lengthy poem with many levels of meaning. It is recited by the poet in the first person, observing the democracy of the sleepers as he moves with empathy above and withing the vast array of humanity sharing the leveling consciousness of sleep. My setting of "The Sleepers" uses the eighth and final part of this poem. Written for soprano and chamber orchestra, the work was commissioned by Kathleen Kenny Suher, in memory of her mother Patricia Kenney Bertz.

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