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That Night with the Green Sky

21c Liederabend op.3

About the work:

for soprano and piano
text by: Tao Lin
duration: 5 minutes

Commissioned by/Premiere:

OPERA America to celebrate the opening of their new opera center
Premiered by Mellissa Hughes at the National Opera Center on March 20, 2013

Score:

Published by Schott NY. Purchase from Amazon.

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About the work:

That Night with the Green Sky was composed in the summer of 2012. It evokes the perennial sense of mystery, but also home that New York City provides me.

Text:

It was snowing and you were kind of beautiful
We were in the city and every time I looked up
Someone was leaning out a window, staring at me

I could tell you liked me a lot or maybe even loved me
But you kept walking at this strange speed
You kept going in angles and it was confusing me

I think maybe you were thinking that you’d make me disappear
By walking at strange speeds and in a strange, curvy way
But how would that cause me to vanish from the planet Earth?

And that hurts
Why did you want me gone?
That hurts
Why?
Why?
I don’t know
Some things can’t be explained, I guess
The sky, for example, was green that night
– Tao Lin (b. 1983) from Three Poems