Insomnia
for soprano, alto saxophone, and piano

John Plant
Composer
John Plant
Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:14:12
Genre: Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s), Keyboards

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Saxophone
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Soprano
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Programme Note:
INSOMNIA is a setting of poems by Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941), written in Moscow just before the 1917 Revolution. They can be said to describe a nocturnal quest in which physical and spiritual experience are interwoven; particularly striking is the vividness with which the physical world is experienced just as it is revealed to be an illusion or a dream. Throughout the work the intensity and intimacy of the poet's encounter with the night are reflected in the intertwining of the saxophone's melodic line with that of the soprano, while the piano evokes and reveals the mysterious world in which she moves, at times echoing the sound of the poet's footsteps, at times providing shadows or glints of light. The saxophone's inimitable range of colours makes it an ideal partner in this endeavour, as it anticipates, punctuates, illuminates and intensifies the spiritual journey traced by the singer. The overwhelming mood is one of alert stillness. INSOMNIA was co-commissioned by Michael Couper and Jennifer Bill, and is dedicated to them. I am deeply grateful to both artists for their role in initiating me into the myriad expressive and technical resources of their incomparable instrument, one of the most rewarding adventures of my compositional life.

Premiere Information:
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall
31 Oct 2015
Michael Couper, saxophone Yungee Rhie, soprano Cho-Eun Lee, piano

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 1211 P713ins
  • Genre:
  • Solo Voice, With Chamber Ensemble, Woodwind(s), Keyboards
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 10, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    32 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    Parts page count: 17
    Parts
    17 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Text by Marina Tsvetaeva (written 1916), translated by John Plant

    Commissioned by Michael Couper and Jennifer Bill
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