Danielpour's A Woman's Life ::::: Schirmer News Fall 2009

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On October 16, Leonard Slatkin conducts soprano Angela Brown and the Pittsburgh Symphony in the premiere of Richard Danielpour's new orchestral song cycle, A Woman's Life, set to the poetry of Maya Angelou.

Having worked together on the premiere production of his opera Margaret Garner in 2005, Danielpour and Brown had hope to find the opportunity to work together again. When they began to discuss the details of their next collaboration, Brown immediately suggested setting the words of revered American poet, Maya Angelou. Danielpour, who had previously worked with Dr. Angelou for his work, Portraits, was eager to become emmersed again in Angelou's legendary wisdom and the astounding beauty of her words.

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  • Listen to Angela Brown sing a selection from the upcoming premiere

  • Hear Richard Danielpour discuss the new work
    and his experience setting the poetry of Maya Angelou.