Laura Sonnets


William Bolcom's Laura Sonnets is a song cycle for baritone and piano setting five sonnets by Petrarch. The work was premiered by Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Craig Rutenberg, piano, at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) on February 18, 2011.


The audio recording of "Sonetto 286," provided in the audio playlist to the right, is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Lorant Najbauer, baritone, and Kwok-Wai Lui, piano, and the performance took place at SongFest 2012 at The Colburn School. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

The Laura Sonnets set the original Italian text of Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch).

Please visit the website of the Hampsong Foundation, listed to the right, for song texts and translations of Laura Sonnets.

Laura Sonnets:
I. Sonetto 5
II. Sonetto 90
III. Sonetto 267
IV. Sonetto 286
V. Sonetto 292

Audio PLaylist