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ComposerAugusta Read Thomas
PublisherG Schirmer Inc
For SATB chorus. This 15-minute work sets 7 texts of Emily Dickinson and all the texts are about birds — since a Chanticleer is a bird. But, as usual with Emily Dickinson, poems about birds are also about lots of different things. Her poems are intensely personal, intellectual, introspective and offer a meditation on life, death, and poetic creation; her poems share a close observation of nature as well as consideration of religious and philosophical issues. The music is very immediate, colorful, playful, lyric, elegant and resonant. — Augusta Read Thomas