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Give Her the River

$15.00

Soprano or mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and piano–13′

A lyrical river song of a father’s love for his daughter, with a gentle and poetic text by Michael Dennis Browne and music by David Evan Thomas.

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Listen to the premiere performance at Thursday Musical by Monica Murray, soprano; Jennifer Kennard, flute; Daryl Carlson, cello; Mimi Tung, piano:

 

Description

Give Her the River

Soprano or mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and piano
Text: Michael Dennis Browne
2017
Commissioned by Thursday Musical for its 125th Anniversary
Premiere–9/28/2017 by Monica Murray, soprano; Jennifer Kennard, flute; Daryl Carlson, cello; Mimi Tung, piano
2 scores and 2 parts included.


Text (excerpt)

If I could give her anything,
anything at all
in all of the world
to show how I love her,
I’d give her the river.

Give her the river at dawn,
when it shines,
when the swans are gliding.
. . . .

Michael Dennis Browne


Program Note

Thursday Musical, founded in Minneapolis in 1892 as The Ladies Thursday Musicale, is one of Minnesota’s oldest musical organizations.

For Give Her the River, a work celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Thursday Musical, I chose one instrument from each of the instrumental families represented in the Thursday Musical membership: voice, woodwind, string, keyboard. I also chose a poet, Michael Dennis Browne (b. 1940), who was born in England but has made his home in Minnesota since 1971. The text of Give Her the River comes from Michael’s picture-book of that name with paintings by Wendell Minor (New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster, 2004.) The setting is the Mississippi River as it floats past Riverside Park and West River Road in Minneapolis.

I have set every word of Michael’s beautiful poem and have repeated words sparingly. As I paged through the book I realized I was reading a litany, a responsorial prayer with the same formula beginning each line. The resonance with a traditional form appealed to me and is reflected in the music’s structure. The book bears a subtitle, “A Father’s Gift to his Daughter,” that was not a part of Michael’s original poem. I like to think that my musical work will celebrate the gift that Thursday Musical has been to the Minnesota musical community over 125 years.

 

 

 

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Weight .5 lbs

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