" What are years "
Boosey & Hawkes
- Nominated for : The Musical Composition Prize 2012
June 26th 2010 - Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh - Claire Booth, soprano, Ensemble intercontemporain, conductor Pierre Boulez.
I - Like a Bulwark
II - That Harp You Play So Well
III - The Being So-Called Human
IV - To an Intra-Mural Rat
V - What Are Years
Marianne Moore’s brilliant poetry with its sharp but personal fascination with life, has held my attention for many years, so I decided to write this song cycle which shows a few of her many sides. ‘That Being So-Called Human’ is the last stanza of The Pangolin, which she published separately with the above title.
The work was composed between February and May of 2009, and completed on June 1, 2009.
© Elliott Carter 2009