Staunton Music Festival Features Marvelous Pursuits
August 21 @ 12:00 pmFree
Marvelous Pursuits, scored for vocal quartet and piano 4-hands, is a setting of Barbara Goldberg’s delightful poetry cycle of the same name, in a scoring for vocal quartet and piano 4-hands. The poetry is a post-modern take on love and desire.Commissioned the New York Festival Chamber Players, it is a foil to Brahms’ Liebeslieder and was first programmed with them! I was drawn to these poems for their humor. , sonic wordplay, dramatic structure, and lively musicality. The internal rhyme in such pairs as mistresses/tranquillity; gaily/daily; kitchen/perfection; tart/ marzipan; and sherry/Vespers suggested musical interpretations. The dramatic structure, with its varied character groups and the epiphany of the man’s ultimate return to his wife, suggested musical denouément as well. For more information, visit the composition page.