Remembering Our Fathers
For orchestra and three female voices
Luigia Polzelli - soprano
The text of the final trio, where the women each sing different poems, allows a chance for them to sing directly about the men themselves. The texts come from:
Haydn - The Spirit's Song is a poem by Anne Hunter. She was a contemporary of Haydn, and he often set her poems to music, including his own setting of The Spiritís Song.
Darwin - The text is from the very famous 'In Memoriam A.H.H.' by Charles Darwinís contemporary, Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Darwinís writings caused quite a stir (and still do!) with regard to Evolution vs. Creation, and so Tennysonís words are most pertinent.
Lincoln - The text is the last stanza of Walt Whitmanís 'O Captain! My Captain!' penned shortly after Lincolnís assassination.
The final trio borrows from Haydnís exquisite Adagio from his Symphony No.44. Haydn had wanted this music played at his own funeral, but an invasion by Napoleon shortly after his death pre-empted that wish and Mozartís Requiem was played instead. States Stephenson: "I figured that for the 200th anniversary of his death, it was time to honor Haydnís request!"
set to music from Haydnís Symphony No. 44 ĎFuneralí - Adagio
from The Spiritís Song
Hark! Hark, what I tell to thee,
from In Memoriam, A.H.H.
Who trusted God was love, indeed
I hold it true, whate'er befall;
from O Captain! My Captain!
O Captain, My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
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