First there was light

Jeffrey Ryan
Jeffrey Ryan
Composition Date: 1994
Revision Date: 1994
Duration: 00:25:00
Genre: Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
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Programme Note:
Poet Barbara Goldowsky's style is exceedingly musical, and her poems are rich with powerful images and emotions. I selected nine poems which encompassed two primary sources of inspiration: contemporary relationships and Native American themes. Alternating around a central song of loss, both ideas develop from an initial burst of primal earth-energy, through a life of hope mixed with fear, of faith challenged and affirmed, and finally ending with a sense of release, redemption and rebirth.

Premiere Information:
June 26, 1996, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Joanne Uniatowski, mezzo; Michael Borowit, piano.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 1101 R988fi
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • December 5, 1996
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([4], 38 p.) ;
    42 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Photocopy; master copy in CMC Toronto.
    Duration: 25:00
    Words in English by Barbara Goldowsky.
    A song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano.

    Los Alamos -- Chemistry -- Solstice -- Morning prayer -- Inventory -- Love letter -- Count my bones -- Watermill -- Fires in the desert.
    Contemporary Showcase
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