A Suite of Songs and Duets for Soprano and Baritone
Text by Dorothy Parker
Published by Theodore Presser Company
Duration: 40 min.
Voices: Soprano, Baritone
Instrumentation: Solo Piano OR Fl. Cl. Tbn. Pno. Vcl. Perc.
Premiere: March 15, 1994. Robert Kapilow, conductor, Angelina Reaux, soprano, Michael Solok, baritone
Commission: Commissioned by Opera Omaha for the Fall Festival 1992
Purchasing: Piano/Vocal Score
Rental: Soprano, Baritone, and Orchestra
Notes: Gordon’s Autumn Valentine was created in collaboration with the premiering artists: soprano Angelina Réaux, baritone Michael Sokol, and director Keith Warner, all poring over the short stories and poems of Dorothy Parker. In the end, Gordon composed a cycle of eleven songs and duets which tell the tale of a failed marriage. Unlike traditional opera, in Autumn Valentine, no one dies.