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There Was a Child Went Forth: Songs of Nils Vigeland

by Delea Shand & Nils Vigeland

American composer Nils Vigeland and Canadian soprano Delea Shand collaborate to record 19 unpublished songs, with texts by Whitman, Thoreau, Joyce, Miłosz, Clough, Hopkins, Yeats, Keats and Dickinson, as well as five Shaker melodies.
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1. There Was a Child Went Forth
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2. O Nature
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3. A Noiseless Patient Spider
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4. Rumors from an Aeolian Harp
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5. March, Hymn and Waltz
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6. A Song On the End of the World
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7. Recovery
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8. Lay Me Low
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9. My Carnal Life I Will Lay Down
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10. Sweep, Sweep and Cleanse Your Floor
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11. How Beautiful Are Those
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12. Mother Sends Her Love and Blessings
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13. Vocalise
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14. The Lake Isle At Innesfree
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15. Let Us Play Yesterday
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16. There Is No God
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17. The Cricket and the Grasshopper
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18. Pied Beauty
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19. A Prayer for My Daughter
Delea Shand & Nils Vigeland
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
There was a Child went Forth – in thirty-nine lines, the poet takes us from evocations of a child’s early experiences
of nature, town and family life to the precipice, both dreadful and ecstatic, of existential speculation.

Three American Songs – Thoreau is, relative to the fame of his prose, little known as a poet, but he has a distinctive voice, short breathed with insistent rhyme schemes. The reiteration of the opening line of O Nature is like a mantra. A Noiseless Patient Spider places the voice in a web of piano figuration. The Shangri-La quality of Rumors from an Aeolian Harp is suggested by the hypnotic six for four rhythm in the piano.

March, Hymn and Waltz frames Joyce’s poems, “From dewey dreams, my soul arise” (hymn) and “The twilight turns from amethyst” (waltz) with a piano prelude, (march) and postlude. The set evokes parlor music.

Czesław Miłosz wrote these two poems during the height of WWII in Warsaw. In the first one, A Song On the End of the World, the apocalypse is imagined in the penultimate line, which is then repeated. The simplicity of the music in the opening of Recovery is as though one emerged from a shelter to find the world still existent.

The five songs of Mother Leads Us are settings of Shaker melodies found in Edward Deming Andrew’s The Gift to be Simple. In general I have not altered the melodies with the exception of the remarkable “spelling-out” tune Love and
Blessing, which is subject to numerous octave displacements.

Vocalise was written for my parents, both musicians, for their thirty-sixth wedding anniversary. They read through it, mom singing and dad playing, after a church service in 1979, the only time I heard it until this recording.

Five Songs is a collection, not a cycle, though there are threads of connection between the poems. They are all from
the 19th C, when poetry was commonly read, and they all, in their own way, are “bright” poems. The tragic note is
not sounded.

A Prayer for my Daughter is not only Yeats’ meditation on his young child’s future but also on his failed courtship of Maude Gonne. This generates a shift in tone so radical that for ten years I could never find a way to continue with the last four stanzas. So I left the poem “rooted in one dear perpetual place.”
- Nils Vigeland

Canadian soprano, Delea Shand, is dedicated to performing and promoting new music. She produces Opera on Tap’s contemporary music ensemble, New Brew, and has collaborated, curated, and performed with: Orchestra 2001, Anti-Social Music, Quince Vocal Ensemble, Color Field Ensemble, Tactus, and Manhattan School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. Delea has performed at several new music venues in New York City including: Symphony Space, Issue Project Room, Galapagos Art Space, City Winery, Gershwin Hotel, Cornelia Street Cafe, Webster Hall, The Tank, and Barbes. She is a proud Banglewood alumni, having been a fellow at the Bang on a Can summer festival at Mass MoCA. A dedicated music educator, Delea teaches private lessons and was a teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Lucy Shelton.

Nils Vigeland was born in Buffalo, NY in 1950. He studied composition with David Del Tredici and Lukas Foss at Harvard College and Morton Feldman at The University at Buffalo. Since 1978 he has been active in New York City as composer and pianist. He taught at Manhattan School of Music for thirty years, retiring as Chair of the Composition Department in 2013. His music is available on Mode, Lovely Music, Focus, Naxos and Ravello CD releases. With Eberhard Blum and Jan Williams he has recorded the complete works of Morton Feldman for flute, percussion and piano for HAT ART.

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