Danielpour: Songs of Solitude / War Songs (CD) – Nashville Symphony

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Danielpour: Songs of Solitude / War Songs (CD) – Nashville Symphony

Composer: Richard Danielpour
Artists: Thomas Hampson, Nashville Symphony
Conductors: Giancarlo Guerrero
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Naxos
CD Release Date: October 14, 2016

Acclaimed as one of America’s leading contemporary composers, Richard Danielpour wrote Songs of Solitude as a response to the events of 9/11. Drawing on the poems of W.B. Yeats, the work enshrines a sense of economy and sparseness, formed of a set of six powerful orchestral songs. The motivating force for War Songs was a series of photographs of the young men and women killed in the Iraq War. The song cycle, with its texts by Walt Whitman, was written for the Nashville Symphony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. “Toward the Splendid City” is a portrait of New York City driven by Danielpour’s love-hate relationship with his hometown.

 

 



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Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.

 

 

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