The Diary

Song TitleThe Diary (Search)
Composer(s):Dominick Argento
Author(s):Virginia Woolf
Author Underrepresented GroupFemale; LGBTQ+ (Search)
Keyword(s) & Features: Beautiful; Coalescing; Collections; Contemplation; Diaries; Elastic; Embracing; Light; Memories; Mind; Molds; Questions; Refining; Reflection; Reminiscing; Solemn; Transparent; Writing
First LineWhat sort of diary should I like mine to be? (Search)
Average Duration3:30 (Search)
Year of composition 1974 (Search)
Link to English Text Online
Larger WorkFrom the Diary of Virginia Woolf, no. 1 (Search)
Musical FormThrough-composed (Search)
Original LanguageEnglish (Search)
Score Source
Audio Source
Difficulty LevelMasters/YA (Search)
Voice part suggested by composerMedium voice
Range: B3 - Gb5 (Search)
Original Keyopen key (Search)
Dedicated ToJanet Baker (Search)
Premiered ByJanet Baker, mezzo-soprano; Martin Isepp, piano (Search)
Commissioned ByThe Schubert Club of St. Paul in honor of Mrs. Thomas F. Ellerbe, Sr. (Search)
Trivial or Important references and connectionsText is taken from Virginia Woolf's own personal diary writings. (Search)
Recommended Printed SourceBoosey and Hawkes (Search)
Other (musical allusions, accompaniment figures)The entire cycle is based of a twelve-tone row. It is introduced during the first line of text, alternating between voice and piano. (Search)
Sources Cited (Search)
ContributorJEM (Search)
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