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LULLABIES for an ANGEL

Duration: 15 minutes
Written: 1979
Premiered: December 15, 1979
by Lyric Arts Trio
New Music Concert
Toronto, Canada
  • Soprano
  • Alto Flute
  • Piano
Movements:
– 3 movements
Background
The piece is in three movements played without interruption. The first movement, contemplative in nature, has a duration of approximately 5 minutes. It subdivides into cadenza for soprano solo and a duo for soprano and alto flute.The second movement (approx. 6 minutes) also divides into two sections: piano cadenza and a trio. At times lyrical, and at times dramatic in nature it expands the material of the first movement.The closing movement (approx. 6 minutes) is primarily joyful and it includes an alto flute cadenza along with various fragments from the previous movements.
The entire work is tonally oriented and shows a progression from chromaticism to diminished sonorities in movement I, from diminished to major-minor in movement II, while the third movement consists of augmented sonorities blending with the harmonies previously used.
In its overall character the piece projects a mood of calm, happiness and tranquility, interjected by occasional agitations.
The original source material for the piece is a three note group derived from a nursery tune. It has been incorporated into a larger melodic unit which is prepared in movement I, presented in movement II and developed in movement III.