West Wind

Six Songs for Tenor (or Soprano) and Guitar

David Leisner

Text by Mary Oliver
Score - Performance
Performing Ensemble: Voice and Instrument
Instrumentation: Tenor (or Soprano), Guitar
Item Number: 141-40097
Number of Pages: 24
Duration: 16:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Custom Print, 4-5 days


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West Wind
Rufus Müller, tenor; David Leisner, guitar

Quick Overview

Leisner was pleased to use poems by Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver in his new cycle West Wind, taking its name from one of Oliver's collections. “In recent years, diatonic and chromatic harmonic approaches have merged in my work, mixing in a way that might have seemed confusing before, but feels perfectly natural to me now. These songs are written in this language.” A master guitarist himself, Leisner puts special emphasis on the guitar part, elevating the instrument above the usual role of accompaniment. West Wind includes Come with me; Row for your life; Dark is as dark does; Wild needle; Night birds; and West Wind.

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Composition Date 2011


I. Come with Me
II. Row for Your Life
III. Dark is as Dark Does
IV. Wild Needle
V. Night Birds
VI. West Wind