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Tarik O'Regan

Publisher: Novello & Co

Two Emily Dickinson Settings (2007)
commissioned by Conspirare
Text Writer
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Novello & Co Ltd
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
3 Minutes
SSAATTBB with divisi
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Tarik O'Regan Two Emily Dickinson Settings (2007)
i. Had I not seen the sun
ii. I had no time to hate

The two short Emily Dickinson settings were commissioned by the American choir Conspirare and its director Craig Hella Johnson for their recording Threshold of Night. They were intended to frame the programme rather like a compositional 'inhalation' and 'exhalation', a crescendo and decrescendo, or a prelude and postlude. Densely textured, the music aims to hint at the myriad readings Dickinson's surface-simple poetry yields in its many readers. Each setting uses a solo soprano and tenor, their voices referencing the polarities inherent in each poem ('sun' and 'shade'; 'love' and 'hate').

Tarik O'Regan 2008

  • Ensemble
    Craig Hella Johnson
    Harmonia Mundi USA:
  • 21 MAR 2020
    Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach, CA, USA
    Pacific Chorale
    Robert Istad, conductor

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