BLOW OUT THE CANDLES OF YOUR CAKE

BLOW OUT THE CANDLES OF YOUR CAKE

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Scoring & Instrumentation
Soprano, Cello, and Piano
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Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
7
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Editor's Note:

Blow Out the Candles of Your Cake was commissioned by Mohawk Trail Concerts for its 25th anniversary series. The music is by American composer, jazz saxophonist, poet, and university music educator Frederick Tillis. The text is by Pulitzer Prize winning poet and poet laureate (1988-89), Richard Wilbur. This work was given its first performance in an improvised reading of the text by its poet, Richard Wilbur, alternating his reading together with the composer, Frederick Tillis, performing on solo soprano saxophone. It was reviewed as “an interesting mutual reflection of music and words.”

In its full instrumentation for Soprano, cello, and piano, it was premiered at Music at Mount Holyoke, on March 1, 1996 by Melinda Spratlan, Soprano, with Jenny Kallick, cello, and Larry Schipull, piano. In February 2020, it was performed on the occasion of the composer's 90th birthday , at the Third annual Bezanson Legacy Concert at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with Jamie-Rose Guarrino, Soprano, Karl Knapp, cello, and Ben Tibbetts, piano. The composer noted that the work is “celebratory and lyrical.”

Comments

New engraved 2021 edition from 1994 original.

First Perfomance
Music at Mount Holyoke, on March 1, 1996 by Melinda Spratlan, Soprano, with Jenny Kallick, cello, and Larry Schipull, piano
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Text Language - Non English

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Text Source/Author
Richard Wilbur
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Ensemble Type
solo voice(s)+2 to 6 instruments
Genre/Theme
ArtSongAlliance
Music by BIPOC composers
Instrument
Soprano , piano , cello

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