Pedal Point

4 Songs on Poems by Mary Oliver & Robert Francis

Stephen Jaffe

Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

"Pedal Point" is a song cycle of modest proportions, scored for a rather extravagant ensemble: with the baritone, who sings in four of the eight movements, plays a consort of low instruments (harp, timpani, three violas and four cellos). "Pedal Point" is a volunteer, which is to say, that it was not composed for any particular commission or request; it just sprang up as a response to these beautiful poems by Mary Oliver and Robert Francis (and it is my experience that poems do actually seem to choose the composer.

Available on Rental

Additional Information

Composition Date 1989, rev. 1993
Duration 00:20:00
Orchestration Solo Bar.; 3Vla. Hp. Timp.
Premiere Duke University Ensemble, Tonu Kalam, conductor, Peter Becker, baritone; Duke University; May 25, 1994


Antiphonal Prelude
Boy Riding Forward Backward
Pedal Point
The Buddha?s Last Instruction