GARDEN OF EROS

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Title:
[Ardizzoia] The Garden of Eros

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$12.50

Year Authored (or revised): 

2018

Scoring: 

Tenor-piano or Baritone-piano

Duration (min): 

11

Movements-Titles: 

from "The Garden of Eros"
"La Mer"
"In the Forest"
"My Voice"

Text Source/Author: 

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

I immediately decided to set the first four stanzas of “The Garden of Eros” after reading most of Wilde’s collected poems in 2012. It took several years before I was able to decide which other poems to set and exactly what those songs would sound like. I finally set to work in earnest in fall, 2017 and finished the following summer.

Wilde employs rich, descriptive imagery which demanded that I take a very thoughtful approach to my settings of these poems. Not surprisingly, much of Wilde’s poetry exhibits frank homoeroticism; this queer point of view influenced my decision to write for voice types traditionally thought of as “male.”

Ensemble Type: 

voice+keyboard
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Instrument: 

Tenor
Baritone (voice)
piano
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