Knoxville, summer of 1915

Song TitleKnoxville, summer of 1915 (Search)
Composer(s):Samuel Barber
Composer Underrepresented GroupLGBTQ+ (Search)
Author(s):James Agee
Keyword(s) & Features: Aestival; Air; Alive; Amber; Americana; Ancient; Artists; Asphalt; Aunts; Automobiles; Backyards; Beds; Bells; Birds; Bleak; Blessings; Blue; Bodies; Breaking; Breathing; Casual; Chance; Clowns; Crackling; Cursing; Damp; Death; Death of a Loved One; Dew; Dry; Eardrums; Earth; Enchanting; Evening; Faces; Fainting; FamiliarRocking; Family; Fathers; Fire; Forgone; Forgotten; Gentle; God; Gold; Good; Grass; Halting; Hangars; Hanging; Havens; Hollow; Home; Horse and Buggy; Horsemen; Hose; Hovering; Hueless; Innocence; Iron; Knoxville; Lawns; Lifting; Locusts; Loss; Lost Youth; Loud; Lovers; Lying; Malignant; Meaningless; Memories; Milk; Moaning; Moans; Morning Glories; Mothers; Music; Musicians; Night; Noises; Nostalgia; Nothing; Pain; Parents; Pasteboard; Porches; Quiet; Quilts; Raising; Remembering; Rocking; Rough; Rousing; Scuffling; Seats; Sitting; Sleeping; Smiles; Soft; Sorrow; Sparks; Speed; Spheres; Spirits; Standing; Stars; Starting; Stertorous; Stinging; Stopping; Straw; Strawberries; Streetcars; Streets; Summer; Sweetness; Swimming; Taking away; Talking; Tastes; Tennessee; Tracks; Trees; Trouble; Uncles; Unhurried; Vanilla; Voices; Watching; Weight; Wet; Whines; Wide; Windows; Yards; Youth
First LineIt has become that time of evening (Search)
Average Duration16:15 (Search)
Year of composition 1947 (Search)
Link to English Text Online
Musical FormSeveral connected movements (Search)
Original LanguageEnglish (Search)
Score Source
Audio Source
Difficulty LevelMasters/YA (Search)
Catalog DesignationOp. 24 (Search)
Voice part suggested by composerSoprano
Range: C4 - Bb5 (Search)
Original KeyF# minor (Search)
Dedicated ToSamuel Le Roy Barber, the composer's father (Search)
Premiered ByBoston Symphony Orchestra; Serge Koussevitzky, conductor; Eleanor Steber, soprano (Search)
Commissioned ByEleanor Steber, soprano (Search)
Trivial or Important references and connectionsAlthough premiered and usually performed by a soprano, tenors are also capable of singing the piece. Originally intended for tenor, publisher applied "for Soprano" designation. (Search)
Recommended Printed SourceG. Schirmer (Search)
Orchestra and voice?Yes (Search)
Other instrumentation and voiceIn addition to the full orchestral version and the piano reduction, a chamber orchestra version of the piece is available (Search)
Sources CitedMargot Garrett personal reflection.; Heyman, B. (2012). Samuel Barber : A thematic catalogue of the complete works. New York: Oxford University Press. (Search)
ContributorGTM (Search)
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