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Composed by Charles Hoag
Series Editor: Simon Carrington
Instrumentation: clarinet and marimba
Catalog number: AMP 5017
It all started several summers ago when we were enduring a deluge of periodic cicadas. I sat on my front porch and knocked out a verse about them. The verse led to my starting a collection of the various kinds of cicadas, which may to this day be viewed through the rear window of my car. The collection of cicadas led to the songs. The songs are dedicated to my wife.
Cicadas have had good press ever since antiquity. I have found texts about them on the Internet, in Japanese haikus, in Homer, and in Goethe, who in turn translated his poem from Anacreon, a Greek poet from the sixth century B.C. In addition, I have a lovely poem by KU's own Elizabeth Schultz, the aforementioned verse of my own, and a phrase spoken in our backyard by my wife, Mary Tuven. I have arranged them in the following order for purely musical reasons,
Dog Day Harvest Fly (Charles Hoag) Like Cicadas (after Homer) In That harsh Tune (Charles Hoag) Four Haikus (Ransetsu, Basho, Otokumi, and Issa) Happy art the Cicadas (after Xenarchos of Rhodes) An die Zikade (translated by Johann Wolfgang Goethe from Anacreon, 6th century B.C.) Kyoto Summer/Kansas Summer (after Elizabeth Schultz, University of Kansas Emerita) with changes by Charles Hoag Seara, Seara (after Mary Tuven)
I am deeply indebted to all the poets and also to Heinrich Stammler for his beautiful translation of the Goethe printed among the other texts below.
Charles Hoag Professor of Music Theory and Composition The University of Kansas
Choirs should relish the words of each of the poems and take care to color sounds differently for each movement to underline the variety of scenes and contexts invoked by the choral and instrumental writing.
Simon Carrington Professor of Choral Conducting Conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum Yale University
Cicada (Dog Day Harvest Fly)
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