John Harbison: Book of Hours and Seasons

Mezzo Soprano Fl, Vc, 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, flute, cello, and piano. The Book of Hours and Seasons began with the setting of Um Mitternacht written for D’Anna Fortunato; gradually other Goethe settings and an interlude were added. Immer and Uberall uses four eastern modes, which then form the basis of an instrumental piece in four sections. This interlude is a miniature “Seasons” with the listener invited to decide where the cycle begins. The outer movements express my love for the German language and the aspects of German culture represented by Goethe’s poetry; it was my second language and culture as I was beginning in music, and these pieces reflect upon those times. The bell-like chords, which begin Um Mitternacht, were the germinating force for all movements. — John Harbison

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