John Harbison: Aria: Song for the Rainy Season

Mezzo Soprano Ob, Cl, Bn, Hn, Pf

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Additional Info

  • Composer
    John Harbison
  • Publisher
    Associated Music Publishers Inc
  • Arrangement
    Voice/Ensemble (VCE/ENS)
  • Format
    Score and Parts
  • Genre
    20th Century


For mezzo-soprano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and piano. Aria is a kind of preview of an imaginary opera based on the inadvertently dramatic life of poet Elizabeth Bishop, compressing two phases of a crucial scene. As a prelude the mezzo-soprano sings "close, close all night," a duet between Bishop and her longtime Brazilian lover Lota de Maceda Soares. Bishop's poem Song for the Rainy Season, is a grand and subtle rendering of the sovereignty and ubiquity of nature, and the eventual collapse of Bishops' relationship with Soares. At first muddled in the cocoon of the jungle rainforest, the singer is gradually more exposed to the elements and their eventual assault on serenity. — John Harbison

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