AUGUSTA READ THOMAS


Rise Chanting

for string quartet (2002)


Autograph musical sketch showing rhythmic contour above a single-line staff marked with measure lines. 117 x 278 mm.

Together with photographic colour copy of a graphic sketch of the contrapuntal and rhythmic progression of the “Bind me” section, with poem by Wallace Stevens in manuscript below. 280 x 430 mm.

Autograph musical sketch showing rhythmic contour above a single-line staff marked with measure lines. 117 x 278 mm.

All worn and creased; some staining; edges frayed and with some tears.

“The music opens with a short introduction, which encodes the complete Dickinson poem such that there is a chord, note, or motive for each word of her poem. This is followed by an aggressive and percussive section (“Bind me — “), where playful pizzicato escapades fire up ardently and then ebb down into the third section (“I can still sing — “), which is elegant and lyrical. Here, beautiful lines are sung by duos. The fourth section (“Banish — my mandolin, Strikes true within — Slay — “) is determined, energetic. It is at times animated as well as bold, brash and punchy and you will hear Emily Dickinson’s mandolin. The fifth section (“and my Soul shall rise, Chanting to Paradise — Still thine.”) is sublime elevated earnest. The coda recalls the perfume of the third section and gently closes the piece with mellifluous, glowing, and shimmering music.” The composer’s program notes.


Published by J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians

J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians was established in 1977 by John and Jude Lubrano. Since that time, the firm has come to be recognized as one of the leading international antiquarian dealers in the specialities of Music and Dance.

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