The Sunflowers


"The Sunflowers" is a song by Lori Laitman setting the poetry of Mary Oliver. The song is part of Laitman's song cycle Sunflowers.

Composer's Note:

"Adelaide Whitaker commissioned 'The Sunflowers' as a gift to her voice teacher Thomas Houser, who introduced her to the joys of poetry and specifically to the poetry of Mary Oliver. Mary Oliver's work presented unique challenges because her poems were longer and more complex than much of the poetry I had previously set. Richly atmospheric, these songs run the gamut of tempos and moods. 'The Sunflowers' opens with a swaying piano accompaniment meant to portray sunflowers standing in a field."

--Lori Laitman


The composer's note as well as the first audio clip provided in the media player to the right are made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. In the first audio clip, the performers are Leann Schuering, soprano, and Andrew Rosenblum, piano.

The second audio clip features Natalie Mann, soprano, and Jeffrey Panko, piano from the album Experience. Used with permission of the performers.

To listen, please click on the track name itself.

[The text of this song is not available.]

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