Archive for March 5th, 2009

song-cycleDid you know that a song cycle based on Virginia Woolf won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1975? I didn’t.

The piece, called From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, was composed by Dominick Argento for medium voice and piano. It was commissioned by the Schubert Club of St. Paul, and premiered Jan. 5, 1975, in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

You can purchase a CD of a 1975 live performance by mezzo soprano Dame Janet Baker, with Martin Isepp on piano, here. The recording was released in 1997.

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