Six Love Songs for Cello and Piano

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Six Love Songs for Cello and Piano

17.26

for cello and piano (1987)

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Robert La Rue in 1987.

Robert La Rue in 1987.

Daron Hagen in 1987.

Daron Hagen in 1987.

  • Premiere: 5 November 1987  / Trinity Church, Denver, Colorado  / Robert La Rue, cello / Daron Hagen, piano
  • Instrumentation: cello, piano
  • Duration: 24'
  • Dedication: For Robert La Rue
  • This piece is available for digital download. To order paper scores please visit our partner distributor, Theodore Front.
  1. Drowsy
  2. Simply
  3. Allegretto con felicità
  4. Intimate, tender
  5. Allegretto, ma non troppo
  6. Free and simple

Program Note

Robert La Rue's patrician, elegant, and soulful playing demanded a suite of pieces crafted to showcase the lyrical powers of the cello. I provided these by taking six songs previously written for voice and piano, and included first in various song cycles.

The first began as Little Uneasy Song, a setting of Reine Hauser; the second began as a setting of the great Echo's Song of Ben Johnson; the third started as a setting of William Blake's Ah! Sun-Flower; the fourth as Specimen Case, a setting of a fragment from Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days" journal; the fifth began as a setting of Washing Her Hair, a poem by Sarah Gorham; and the last began as a setting of Anne Sexton's haunting poem Just Once.

Robert was kind enough to edit the solo part, adding fingerings that may serve to give players an insight into some of the coloristic choices that together we made while rehearsing and touring with the set. We first played them at Trinity Church in Denver, Colorado, in 1987.