Night Dances


7 songs for Soprano and Piano, on poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Sylvia Plath.

1987 — Chesapeake, OH

For my very dear friends, Michael Dennis Browne and Lisa McLean

First Performance:
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Margo Garrett, piano
Tuesday, December 8, 1987
McKnight Theater
St. Paul, MN


The audio selections in the player to the right feature Dawn Upshaw, soprano and Margo Garrett, piano ("Some Things Are Dark") and Cherie Caluda, soprano and Juliana Hall, piano ("Sonnet"). Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.


1 - The Crickets sang (Emily Dickinson)
2 - The Night Dances (Sylvia Plath)
3 - Song (Emily Brontë)
4 - Sleep, mourner, sleep! (Emily Brontë)
5 - Some Things Are Dark (Edna St. Vincent Millay)
6 - A Spider sewed at Night (Emily Dickinson)
7 - Sonnet (Elizabeth Bishop)

Audio PLaylist