A Short, Slow Life

for soprano and nine instruments

Emily Doolittle

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for soprano and nine instruments

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Composer Emily Doolittle

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ca. 9'

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A Short, Slow Life was written for soprano Suzie LeBlanc and Symphony Nova Scotia, in celebration of poet Elizabeth Bishop’s centenary. I was attracted to the delicate natural imagery of this poem – in this case textures as much as sounds. Bishop spent part of her early years in my home province, Nova Scotia, so the scenes described have a particular personal resonance for me.

Commissioned by Suzie LeBlanc and Alasdair MacLean for Suzie LeBlanc and Symphony Nova Scotia; broadcast by Radio-Canada; winner of the 2012 Theodore Front Prize.