for Mezzo Soprano and Piano

Tore W. Aas / Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Death by Tyshawn Sorey was commissioned by the L. A. Opera for a streaming premiere by mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms in February 2021, with pianist Howard Watkins. Its text, by the great Black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, imagines just a glimmer of light dawning over a bleak, nightmarish landscape, haunted by death, which the composer explicitly connects to "the current conditions and precarity of Black life in America in the 20th and 21st centuries". (Dunbar himself died in 1906 at the age of 33). This slow and melancholy setting expands the poem into a five-minute lament.

This piano/vocal score includes the full text of the poem as well as a brief program note from the composer. Clarifying the racial contexts surrounding the piece, Sorey requests that the roles of both vocalist and pianist be played exclusively by Black American performers.

Additional Information

Item Number: EP68790
Format: Sheet Music
Number of Pages: 8
Duration: 5 Mins
Publication Date: 17/08/2022
Barcode: 9790300762364
ISMN: 9790300762364
Format: 232 x 303 mm
Instrumentation: Mezzo Soprano and Piano
Language: English

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