Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,
composer

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Four Drinking Songs

art songs (2011)

“Four Drinking Songs” is a cycle of four songs: 1. A Drinking Song (W.B. Yeats) 2. A Drunken Man's Praise of Sobriety (W.B. Yeats) 3. The Last Toast (A. Akhmatova) 4. One More Toast (A. Akhmatova)

Program Notes:
“Four Drinking Songs” is a cycle of songs for male (or female) voice and piano, commissioned by and premiered at the 2011 Staunton Music Festival.

The cycle is comprised of two poems by the Irish poet W.B. Yeats (“A Drinking Song” and “A Drunken Man’s Praise of Sobriety”) and two poems in English translation by the Russian poetess Anna Akhmatova (“The Last Toast” and “One More Toast”).

The common theme of the four poems (drinking) is underlined by the theme of love, seen differently by these two authors.

Instrumentation
tenor and piano or soprano/mezzo-soprano and piano
Movements
4
Duration
c. 9-10 minutes
Premiere
August 23, 2011, Staunton Music Festival
Text
W.B. Yeats, Anna Akhmatova
Language
English
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Performances:

October 22nd, 2016
Four Drinking Songs, art songs (2011) - Calliope
Old North Church (Marblehead, MA)
For this performance Calliope called for scores internationaly and two of my "Four Drinking Songs" were selected on a competitive basis: "The Last Toast" and "One More Toast."
February 27th, 2013
Four Drinking Songs, art songs (2011)
Murray State University (Murray, KY)
2013 Athena Festival Composition Competition Winner
April 18th, 2012
Kak u oblaka (As if on the rim of a cloud), female voice and piano (2011) - Kristina Driskill
Four Drinking Songs, art songs (2011) - Jonathan Mack
Three Summer Songs, SSAA choir a cappella (divisi) (2011) - Chapman University Women's Choir
World Premiere
August 23rd, 2011
Kak u oblaka (As if on the rim of a cloud), female voice and piano (2011)
Four Drinking Songs, art songs (2011)
The Walrus and The Carpenter, art song (2011)
Staunton, VA
Featured as Emerging Composer at the Staunton Music Festival