Five Summer Songs

Mezzo-soprano with Harp, piano (doubling celesta), percussion (one player), and strings

A chamber orchestra arrangement of five songs on poems of Emily Dickinson. Original version (1972) was composed for medium voice and piano (E. C. Schirmer Music Company #0161). This arrangement was commissioned by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.

Poems included:

  1. New Feet Within My Garden Go
  2. South Winds Jostle Them
  3. I Know a Place
  4. To Make a Prairie
  5. The One That Could Repeat the Summer Day.
American Music for Flute, Voice, and Strings CD cover American Music for Flute, Voice, and Strings: A collection of American music by various composers. Includes Ronald Perera’s Five Summer Songs performed by soprano Carole Wilson. On Albany Records, Troy519.

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Composed: 1991
Duration: 12:00
Publisher: E. C. Schirmer Music Company
Catalog Number(s): Medium Voice, Piano Version, 0161
Mezzo-Soprano and Chamber Ensemble Version, 4096


Reviews:

Rec. lyric medium voice (b-f#2); 12:00; titles are: New Feet Within My Garden Go; South Winds Jostle Them; I Know a Place; To Make a Prairie; The One That Could Repeat the Summer Day; best kept as a set; excellent variety of mood and color; atonal, but with a strong feeling of tonality throughout; gentle dissonances; not difficult for the voice, but the colorful piano writing is intricate and requires dexterity; elegant, lyrical, compelling songs.

A Singer’s Guide to the American Art Song 1870-1980by Victoria Etnier Villamil (The Scarecrow Press, Inc., Metuchen, NJ & London, 1993)

Perera’s thoroughly pleasing and admirably written set of songs would grace any singer’s repertory. The unadorned style and clarity of the musical language make the set an attractive proposition for a beginner to the field. The “Five Summer Songs” could be put with other Emily Dickinson settings. They would not seem out of place in a traditional recital program because of their unpretentious and direct appeal. The set would form a good foil for late Romantic lieder with more exotic textures.

New Vocal Repertory by Jane Manning (Taplinger, 1987)

With detailed instructions for both the singer and accompanist these songs are wonderful for an accomplished, artistic, sensitive singer.

NATS Bulletin 5/78

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