I Will Breathe a Mountain


I Will Breath a Mountain: A Song Cycle from American Women Poets was commissioned for mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.


The audio recordings from I Will Breathe a Mountain, provided in the audio playlist to the right, are made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers in "How to Swing Those Obbligatos Around" are the Marc and Eva Stern SongFest 2012 Fellow, Kate Tombaugh, mezzo-soprano, and Bobby Pace, piano. The performers in "The Bustle in a House" are the SongFest 2012 Marc and Eva Stern Fellows Laura Choi Stuart, soprano and Javier Arrebola, piano, and the performances took place at SongFest 2012 at The Colburn School. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

I Will Breathe a Mountain

William Bolcom writes the following note at the beginning of the score:

Marilyn Horne requested a cycle made up of poems by American women. I felt that, although I could have put together an anthology myself, the cycle would have a very strong profile if the selections were made with the aid of an American woman poet, and I accordingly asked my friend Alice Fulton for help; she then gave me a list of around 30 poems. Marilyn Horne then told me which of those she liked, I added those I liked, and that is how the selection was made.

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