for mezzo-soprano and piano

Composition Date: 2008
Revision Date: 2015
Duration: 00:05:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
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Programme Note:
Blue was written for soprano Abigail Fischer for American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice program in 2008, and revised in 2011 and again in 2015. The text is the first section of Walt Whitman’s By Blue Ontario’s Shore. The piece also quotes two Irish folk songs: Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye and an anti war and anti-recruiting song from the American Civil War, and Siuil A Run, an anit-war song from the Williamite War (1691). The work uses the piano as a resonator that represents the rippling water on lake Ontario.

This piece uses the piano as resonator. A weight should be placed on the sustain pedal, with the piano lid at full stick. The singer should position herself in the crook of the piano, and sing directly into it (thus a profile is presented to the audience, rather than a head on orientation). This is both practical and aesthetic, as it will maximize resonance, and help create the introspective soliloquy intended. It is a piece that an audience is eavesdropping, rather than being "performed to".

Premiere Information:
8 May 2008, South Oxford Space, New York City, NY, USA
Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano


  • Call Number:
  • MV 1101 S784blu
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 4, 2009
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (5 p.);
    5 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Language Information
  • Language of libretto: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Text by Walt Whitman

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