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Commissioned by Ravinia Festival President and CEO Welz Kauffman, Program Director Kevin Murphy, and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute for the 25th Anniversary of the Institute in 2013.

Augusta Read Thomas

TWILIGHT BUTTERFLY for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano from the G. Schirmer Rental Library Date of Printing -G. Schirmer, Inc. New York, NY


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Commissioned by Ravinia Festival President and CEO Welz Kauffman, Program Director Kevin Murphy, and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute for the 25th Anniversary of the Institute in 2013. First Performance of the Mezzo-soprano version: Julia Bentley, Mezzo-soprano and Lisa Kaplan, Pianist, presented by CONTEMPO, Artistic Director Shulamit Ran on February 4, 2014 at the University of Chicago in the Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Duration: 6 minutes and 30 seconds NOTES: The Piano lid should be up on full stick. The term "molto rubato" is used often and means that it is not necessary to mechanically sing or play the exact rhythm (sextuplet, quintuplet, small triplet, etc.) but rather that you can consider those rhythms more gesturally. "Molto rubato" does not mean to drastically slow down the tempo. Grace-notes come before the beat. In large concert halls, it is advisable to use subtle sound reinforcement (amplificaltion) of the piano part so that the continuous resonances fill the space.

Text: butterfly awake a heart twilight moon in the air o glow and dance upon a soul spanning time starlights are ribbons threads of memory weaving and still treasured heart spiral ablaze awake song chant violets silver moon will give peace again up again arise butterfly alight sky ascend chant wise choirs as heart flutters bells shine bright moon marked evening star sing of harps invisible gold gossamer harps bells flash awake a heart twilight butterfly sky

Lyrics by Augusta Read Thomas

TWILIGHT BUTTERFLY is dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Kristin Lancino.


with admiration and gratitude to Kristin Lancino

Augusta Read Thomas (lyricist)

TWILIGHT BUTTERFLY for mezzo-soprano and piano

Augusta Read Thomas (2013)

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