The Serpent. A song for voice and piano with text by Theodore Roethke (1908-1963). Dedicated to the singer Leontyne Price. Autograph musical manuscript, signed on the title and dated "23 June 1979 New York City" on the final page. Lee HOIBY.

The Serpent. A song for voice and piano with text by Theodore Roethke (1908-1963). Dedicated to the singer Leontyne Price. Autograph musical manuscript, signed on the title and dated "23 June 1979 New York City" on the final page.

8 pp. Notated in black ink on 14-stave "Aztec C-14R" transparent music paper. Title-page in pencil.

With "for Leontyne Price" to head and "c1984 by Southern Music Pub. Co. Inc." to foot of first page of music in the composer's hand.

A fair copy, presumably used by the publisher in preparation of the published edition. With editorial markings in blue pencil throughout.

Slightly worn, browned, and creased; small edge tears.

Published as number 6 in the series "Songs for Leontyne," first performed by Ms. Price at Carnegie Hall in 1986.

"Price felt Hoiby's music was tailor-made for her voice. In a National Endowment for the Arts interview, she recalled being introduced to his songs by her longtime accompanist, David Garvey, saying 'I fell in love with them. It's just the way he writes, and from then on he was on my program often.' She also recalled the standing ovation Hoiby's songs brought at a 1991 Carnegie Hall recital." Timothy Freenfield-Sanders/G. Schirmer. NPR Article March 29, 2011, 12:00 p.m.

The Serpent is considered one of Hoiby's best songs. Item #28763

Price: $1,500.00  other currencies

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