Title
Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson
For
voice and chamber orchestra
Alternate Titles
  • Dickinson Songs (Nickname)
Scoring
1(=picc).1.1.Ebcl.1-1.1.1.0-harp-strings(min.8.6.4.3.2)
ARCO Number(s)
88
Categories
Chamber Vocal
Duration
20'
Songs
Premiere
  • New York: New York, November 14th, 1970 (Gwendolyn Killebrew, Juilliard Orch, cond. Michael Tilson Thomas)
Publisher
Boosey & Hawkes
Publishing Status
Published
Year Arranged
1958–70
Buying Options
Boosey & Hawkes

Program Note

Copland chose eight from his song cycle of twelve poems by this unique American poet to transcribe for voice and small orchestra. He hoped the arrangement would give the songs a wider hearing. Dickinson's writing had a particular appeal to the composer. "Her poetry, written in isolation, was folklike, with irregular meters and stanzas and many unconventional devices," wrote Copland. The orchestrated version was premiered for a concert in honor of his seventieth birthday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Author
Vivian Perlis
Year
1998