- Sarah Kirkland Snider
Eighteen Million Six (2021)
- Music Sales Corporation (World)
Commissioned by David Hajdu for Alicia Olatuja, Theo Bleckmann, and Dan Tepfer
Unavailable for performance.
- Mz,T + pf
- Mezzo-soprano, Tenor
- 6 min
- David Hajdu
In this final movement of cultural historian/writer David Hajdu’s song cycle, The Parsonage, the music begins with a text setting of a recent property listing of 64 East 7th Street in New York City’s East Village. I imagine a showing of the property wherein a Sotheby’s realtor walks a prospective buyer (the listener) through the building—only instead of the realtor telling us about the building, the building tells us about herself (with occasional comments from the realtor). The building is full of fierce pride for all stages of her life: at this moment in time, it’s the way she has been “gutted for modern use,” with “nothing overlooked.” She muses on her renovations with gentle, wistful reflection. But when the realtor neglects to mention the building’s astonishing participation in twentieth-century New York history, she feels compelled to set the record straight.
The piece was commissioned by David Hajdu, who also wrote the text, for vocalists Theo Bleckmann and Alicia Olatuja, and pianist Dan Tepfer.
— Sarah Kirkland Snider
- Emerson Quartet debuts Sarah Kirkland Snider’s 'Drink the Wild Ayre'
- 26th April 2023
- The iconic Emerson String Quartet is bidding farewell to loving audiences in 2023. To mark their final months of performances, the quartet will unveil Drink the Wild Ayre, a new work by Sarah Kirkland Snider.