American Visions

Two Songs on Poems of Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Version for baritone and chamber ensemble)
  • Title American Visions
  • Year 1998
  • Instr fl/picc,cl/bcl,vln,vc,pf,perc,baritone solo
  • Duration 26 min
  • Categories Chamber, Vocal
  • Publisher CF Peters
  • AlternatesAmerican Visions (orchestra)
    Two Songs on Poems of Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Version for baritone and chamber orchestra)

First performance:
Da Capo Chamber Players, Andre Solomon-Glover, baritone, Louis Karchin, conductor
Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, NYC, Jan. 28, 1999

Awarded the Heckscher Foundation Prize

Review

The highlight of the evening came at the conclusion: American Visions, the setting of two poems by the well-known Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko for chamber ensemble with baritone (Dominic Inferrera), led admirably by Karchin. Yevtushenko creates an immediate visceral, graphic poetry that is almost music itself. Naturally, if one chooses to set these poems, it is important to punctuate and amplify the poetry…. It´s a tough assignment, but Lou handles it perfectly, echoing, in instrumental colors, the multi-colored poetic text.

Joseph Pehrson, The New Music Connoisseur (12/2002)

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