A cycle of five songs for soprano, baritone, and piano, PartnerSongs takes its cue from the ancient art of melodrama, wherein actors declaimed in a form of 'heightened speech' intense scenes dealing with allegorical troubles of everyday people suggesting broad, eternal themes.
Utilizing a declamatory singing style and some instances of sprechtstimme, PartnerSongs portrays a vivid interplay between father and daughter, touching upon themes of discovery, loss, and love. It is cast in five continuously flowing scenes, wherein the father/daughter characters take turns singing and eventually sing together. The score also included guidelines for staged movement which the singers may employ to heighten the dramatic effect.
First page of the score to PartnerSongs
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