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EvenStar (Version 3)

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Genre: Trio for Mezzo Soprano, Cello, & Percussion
# of Players: 3-4
Level: Medium | Duration: 6:30
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2014

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$28.00
Item #:
21153
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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Drawing its inspiration and title from Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Evening Star," EvenStar is a lullaby for mezzo soprano, cello, and keyboard percussion (or piano) that tugs at the heart strings with its bittersweet harmonies and soaring, lyrical melodies.

    Genre: Trio for Mezzo Soprano, Cello, & Percussion | # of Players: 3-4
    Level: Medium | Duration: 6:30

    Instrumentation
    Mezzo Soprano
    Cello
    Keyboard Percussion (2 octaves Crotales, Vibraphone, 5-octave Marimba)*
    Optional Piano (replaces percussion)

    *To decrease the difficulty level, two individual percussion parts (Vibraphone and Crotales/Marimba) are also included, thus turning the piece into a quartet. Bells may be substituted for the Crotales in this version.

    Program Notes
    EvenStar draws its inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “Evening Star.” I set out to compose a lullaby for euphonium, tuba, & keyboard percussion so I naturally approached the piece as if I was writing for the human voice. The original melodies found throughout the euphonium & tuba align perfectly with the words for Poe’s poem.

    'Evening Star' by Edgar Allan Poe
    'Twas noontide of summer,
    And mid-time of night;
    And stars, in their orbits,
    Shone pale, thro' the light
    Of the brighter, cold moon,
    'Mid planets her slaves,
    Herself in the Heavens,
    Her beam on the waves.

    I gazed awhile
    On her cold smile;
    Too cold – too cold for me –
    There pass'd, as a shroud,
    A fleecy cloud,
    And I turned away to thee,
    Proud Evening Star,
    In thy glory afar,
    And dearer thy beam shall be;

    For joy to my heart
    Is the proud part
    Thou bearest in Heaven at night,
    And more I admire
    Thy distant fire,
    Than that colder,
    That lowly light.

    EvenStar received its world premiere at the 2014 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 with Dr. Brian Meixner (euphonium), Dr. Dennis AsKew (tuba), and Dr. Nathan Daughtrey (percussion).

    The work is available in two other versions:
    Version 2 – euphonium, tuba, and piano (Item #21152)
    Version 3 – mezzo soprano, cello, and keyboard percussion or piano (Item #21153)

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    • EvenStar (for mezzo soprano, cello, & percussion) by Nathan Daughtrey

      Originally scored for euphonium, tuba, and percussion, "EvenStar" is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Evening Star." The melodies for the work align perfectly with the words of his beautiful poem. EVENING STAR - EDGAR ALLAN POE 'Twas noontide of summer, And midtime of night, And stars, in their orbits, Shone pale through the light Of the brighter, cold moon. 'Mid planets her slaves, Herself in the Heavens, Her beam on the waves. I gazed awhile On her cold smile; Too cold, too cold for me, There passed, as a shroud, A fleecy cloud, And I turned away to three, Proud Evening Star, In thy glory afar And dearer thy beam shall be; For joy in my heart Is the proud part Thou bearest in Heaven at night, And more I admire Thy distant fire, Than that colder, lowly light.
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