September 4, 2011

SYMPHONY SUNDAY: LAURIE'S SONG

Hello Symphony Sunday. I've missed you.

I picked this piece this week because I just got assigned to perform it as a monologue for my opera workshop class. It is called "Laurie's Song" from Aaron Copland's The Tender Land. It was premiered in 1954, and is unique because it includes a lot of American vernacular and folksong, while still being rooted in traditional operatic form.

In this piece, Laurie, on the brink of her high school graduation, is reflecting on how her childhood has passed so fast and how she feels like she has outgrown her hometown. She lives in the rural Midwest, and knows she is ready to leave home.

I wish I knew who was singing this so I could give her credit! It looks to be a school recital of some sort, but she is very good!

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