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Where the Rivers Go

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1995

  • January 1, 1995
  • By Chris
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FOR SOLO PIANO

 

Duration: 10’

 

 

Late one summer night in 1994 at my studio in the country, I saw down at the piano and composed Where the Rivers Go. I wrote it as I had Old and Lost Rivers – in one sitting. I had just begun work on my first opera Emmeline and this moddy, emotional music in B-flat minor became the basis of the opera's opening scene setting words that concern loss, sadness and religious faith. I originally wrote Where the Rivers Go for Tzimon Barto but I did not give the piece to my publisher until recently and, except for a performance at a private concert Barto gave in the Berlin home of the writer Irene Dische in the fall of 2006, Where the Rivers Go stayed on a shelf, until Ursula Oppens gave the first public performance in the spring of 2007 at a small recital in New York City. She had not known it existed until I'd dusted it off again in the fall of 2006.

 

- Tobias Picker

 

Late one summer night in 1994 at my studio in the country, I saw down at the piano and composed Where the Rivers Go. I wrote it as I had Old and Lost Rivers – in one sitting. I had just begun work on my first opera Emmeline and this moddy, emotional music in B-flat minor became the basis of the opera's opening scene setting words that concern loss, sadness and religious faith. I originally wrote Where the Rivers Go for Tzimon Barto but I did not give the piece to my publisher until recently and, except for a performance at a private concert Barto gave in the Berlin home of the writer Irene Dische in the fall of 2006, Where the Rivers Go stayed on a shelf, until Ursula Oppens gave the first public performance in the spring of 2007 at a small recital in New York City. She had not known it existed until I'd dusted it off again in the fall of 2006.

 

- Tobias Picker

 

 

Where the Rivers Go

Sheet Music 

 

Recording Available on Wergo Records

 

MI0001176502

 

For solo piano
10’