Osvaldo Golijov
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How Slow the Wind (2001)
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     See also: Night of the Flying Horses, Lúa Descolorida, Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra
 
"How Slow the Wind, a setting of two short Emily Dickinson poems, was Golijov's response to the death in an accident of his friend Mariel Stubrin. He writes, 'I had in mind one of those seconds in life that is frozen in the memory, forever-a sudden death, a single instant in which life turns upside down, different from the experience of death after a long agony.' Originally for voice and string quartet, the piece was commissioned by Cecilia Wasserman, in memory of her late husband Herb, for Close Encounters with Music and was first performed in their Seiji Ozawa Hall concert of May 5, 2001, by Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Toby Appel and Justine Chen, violins; Kenji Bunch, viola, and Yehuda Hanani, cello."
CATEGORYSoloist & Orchestra; Chamber [with Voice]
INSTRUMENTATIONsoprano solo.2(I=afl).1.corA.basset hn.1(=bcl).2(II=dbn)-2.0.0.0-perc(2)-harp-cel-strings
Also available in version for Soprano and String Quartet
DURATION8'00"
WORLD PREMIEREMinneapolis, MN March 2002 (voice and orchestra version)
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERSDawn Upshaw and Minnesota Orchestra, Alan Gilbert, conductor.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCESPremiere of soprano and string quartet version: Dawn Upshaw and CEWM Quartet; Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, 2001.

NY Premiere: Dawn Upshaw and Orpheus; Carnegie Hall; December 12, 2002
COMMISSIONOrchestrations commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra for its 100th anniversary
SCORE AVAILABILITYScore available for sale. Parts available for rental.  [more info]
TEXTSEmily Dickinson