A performer’s guide to Morten Lauridsen's song cycle A winter come
Rowell, Melanie Gibson
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Despite the availability and accessibility of new works, vocal students often resist performing twentieth- and twentieth-century works because of the harmonic and rhythmic challenges. A Winter Come is a ten-minute, easily programmable song cycle that contains tonally and rhythmically challenging sections, yet it is a work that could be performed by an advanced undergraduate. This performer’s guide includes biographical information on Morten Lauridsen, information about the initial and continuing critical reception of the work, a discussion of the poet Howard Moss, textual and musical analysis, pedagogical strategies and their application to vocal challenges in the work, and an interview with Morten Lauridsen.