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Drinking Songs

By Arthur Levering

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For mezzo soprano, 2 harps, 2 pianos.

Simple, child-like melodies, uncomplicated settings: The poignant little Yeats poem is set to a short, repeated phrase of 10 part counterpoint in a gently swaying habanera. To the formal Latin text of Potatores Exquisiti, I added something resembling traditional Indonesian Gamelon (emphasizing the idea of “ritual”). Le Vin Perdu is based on a series of 7 four-note chords; while the very expressive middle English poem Dronken uses driving motoric rhythms to finish out the set.