Late Afternoon

Six Songs for Mezzo Soprano

Ricky Ian Gordon

Text by
Jane Kenyon
Jean Valentine
Marie Howe
Piano Reduction/Vocal Score
Performing Ensemble: Voice with Piano
Instrumentation: Mezzo-Soprano, Piano
Item Number: VF15
Number of Pages: 48
Duration: 24'
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

This is a heartfelt cycle of songs by Ricky Ian Gordon set the poetry of three important American poets, Jane Kenyon, Jean Valentine and Marie Howe. After a major personal loss, Gordon turned to the poetry of these women who speak of loss and death in a way that he found particularly consoling. The songs are beautifully written for a medium voice with Gordon’s usual care. A dissonant and colorful keyboard part is a great enhancement to the generally reflective tone of the music. Gordon’s moving setting of the late Jane Kenyon’s heartbreaking Let Everyone Come is destined to be a recital classic. Late Afternoon was commissioned by Tisch Center of the Arts at the 92nd Street Y and was made possible with funds provided by the Mary Flagler Charitable Trust.

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd Street Y and made possible by the Mary Flagler Charitable Trust
Composition Date 2007


1. Otherwise
2. Willi, Home
3. X
4. Just Now
5. What the Living Do
6. Let Evening Come