The Violin Sings in a Common Language
Instrumentation: soprano, violin
Duration: 13 minutes
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The first song in this cycle, Der Nachbar, was composed for Ursula Fiedler, soprano and violinist. At the time, I had intended to set other songs for soprano and violin, but years went by without my getting around to it. Recently, finding several other wonderful poems which employ the violin as a central image, it seemed that combining these poems, each written in a different language, in a single group accompanied by the violin, conveyed something important about the nature of music as a universal language that can bond people together, despite our many differences.
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