for Soprano and Piano (1985) (ca. 22’)
texts by Gary Snyder
- Il Palatino/”The Palatine”; Aldo Palazzeschi
- Poesia d’Amore/ “Love Poem”; Salvatore Quasimodo
- La Trombettina/”The Little Trumpet”; Corrado Govoni
- Quasi un Madrigale/”Almost a Madrigal”; Salvatore Quasimodo
Quasi Un Madrigale sets the poetry of three 20th century Italian poets: Salvatore Quasimodo, Aldo Palazzeschi and Corrado Govoni. These expressive, evocative poems deal variously with states of memory, nostalgia, and longing.
The four songs are conceived as a cycle. The first three songs are true duets, with the piano a full partner of the soprano. The fourth and final song, from which the cycle draws its name, constitutes the emotional core of the set. It is at once a resigned lament of personal loss and an affirmation of new life.
Quasi Un Madrigale was composed between February and September 1985.
All poems used with permission