Hardy's Funeral

Song TitleHardy's Funeral (Search)
Composer(s):Dominick Argento
Author(s):Virginia Woolf
Author Underrepresented GroupFemale; LGBTQ+ (Search)
Keyword(s) & Features: Ceremonies; Coffins; Crosses; Darkness; Death; Depression; Diaries; Dramatic; Emotions; Frowning; Funerals; Futility; Hardy, Thomas; Humor; Immortality; Lectures; Letters; Melodramatic; Memories; Mortality; Pigeons; Priests; Processions; Prose; Reflection; Skepticism; Thinking; Writing
First LineYesterday we went to Hardy's funeral. (Search)
Average Duration6:15 (Search)
Year of composition 1974 (Search)
Link to English Text Onlinehttps://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2022/17542/Matava_Jacquelyn_2014.pdf?sequence=1
Larger WorkFrom the Diary of Virginia Woolf, no. 4 (Search)
Musical FormThrough-composed (Search)
Original LanguageEnglish (Search)
Score Source https://www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Argento-Dominick-Collected-Song-Cycles-low-voice-piano/923235
Audio Source https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmUgvQJXfbs
Difficulty LevelMasters/YA (Search)
Voice part suggested by composerMedium voice
Range: C#4 - 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)Piano part at times expands to three staves to mimic the organ. (Search)
Sources Citedhttps://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2022/17542/Matava_Jacquelyn_2014.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y (Search)
ContributorJEM (Search)
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