- Two proof copies of the first version of the work with extensive autograph corrections and annotations in Hoiby's hand in lead and red pencil and red ink. Together with a typed letter signed by Ted Vunderink of Peer-Southern regarding the proofs.
- Five copies of the autograph manuscript fair copies with numerous autograph annotations illustrating the evolution of the work: (1) A Letter and Three Poems; (2) Three Poems and a Letter; (3) Four Dickinson Songs; (4) Five Dickinson Songs; (5) The Shining Place.
- The published version of 1988 (Four Dickinson Songs. 23 pp.). With minor corrections and annotations.
"As a composer Hoiby was a modern Romantic from the lineage of Barber and Menotti. The influence of the former is evident in his warm lyricism, while that of the latter is found in a propensity for light, genial humour. Though much of his music is characterized by a disarming diatonic simplicity, his ambitious works tend towards greater harmonic and textural complexity. Interest in his music has centred chiefly around his operatic, choral and vocal works, which seem to stimulate his most deeply felt efforts. Some of these works – for example Summer and Smoke, Galileo Galilei and The Tempest – achieve an eloquence comparable to the later works of Barber. With greater critical acceptance of more conservative musical styles from the early 1980s onwards, Hoiby’s music has been performed and recorded with increasing frequency." Richard Jackson and Walter G. Simmons in Grove Music Online.
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