The Stars And The Roses

For Tenor And Orchestra

Steven Stucky

Piano Reduction/Vocal Score
Performing Ensemble: Voice with Piano
Instrumentation: Solo Tenor, Piano
Item Number: 141-40088
Number of Pages: 32
Text: Text by Czeslaw Milosz
Duration: 13:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Custom Print, 4-5 days


Quick Overview

When commissioned by UC Berkeley to compose a major work, Steven Stucky turned to the poetry of Lithuanian-Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz. One of Stucky's favorite writers, Milosz fled to the US in 1960, and joined the Berkeley faculty in 1961. He was still at Berkeley, his poems still banned back home in Poland, when he won the Nobel Prize in 1980. Many of his poems are dark, and some deal with the Holocaust. The Stars and the Roses sets three lighter, more lyrical poems for tenor and orchestra: "Happiness," "The Sun," and "The Bird Kingdom," texts positively aglow with joy and tenderness. Written for the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Curtis Composer-in-Residence Program, with funding from the Musical Fund Society.

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Commission Commissioned by Berkeley Symphony, Joana Carneiro, Music Director, with funding from Music Alive, a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer


1. Happiness (tr. Richard Lourie)
2. The Sun (tr. Czeslaw Milosz)
3. The Bird Kingdom (tr. Czeslaw Milosz)