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Even the Stars Will Wonder

Songs of longing, loss and love
Rose Ausländer

The stark and compelling words Rose Ausländer, a survivor of World War II's Czernowitz ghetto, are set to here music with delicacy, ferocity and compassion.

These three songs, scored for soprano, percussion, piano/celeste, harp and strings, are the central movements of a larger work for soprano and full orchestra, So Many Corners.

1.  So Many Corners
2.  Our Unforgettable Earth
3.  Even the Stars Will Wonder

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Look Listen Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Item Delivery Method Price Quantity Soprano, chamber orchestra: perc, pno/cel, hp, strings - Full Score
8'00" A SEA-040-05 Sheet Music
Soprano, chamber orchestra: perc, pno/cel, hp, strings - Instrumental Parts
8'00" A SEA-040-06 Sheet Music

Even the Stars Will Wonder

Poems by Rose Ausländer
English translation by Ingeborg Wald

I. So Many Corners

It is said
the ocean is round
the earth is round
the sky is round
so much roundness
have so many corners

II. Bereft

Bereft of our land
our familiar things
Not another word about it
Our dead
live with us
We share with them
our unforgettable

III. Love

We will find each other again
in the lake
you as water
I as lotus blossom
You will carry me
I will drink you
We will belong to each other
in everyone's eyes
Even the stars
will wonder:
here two people
have changed back
into their dream
that has chosen them


So Many Corners, for soprano and piano:
     Susan Craft, soprano and Genevieve Jones, piano ~ University of Wisconsin-Madison   * Premiere
     Carol Haywood, soprano and Milton Peckarsky, piano ~ Broadway Theater (Milwaukee, WI)
     Carol Haywood, soprano and Milton Peckarsky, piano ~ University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point, WI)

So Many Corners, for soprano and orchestra:
     Reading ~ Andrea Cawelti, soprano - Mark Stringer, cond. ~ National Orchestral Association (New York, NY)
Three Ausländer Songs:
     Festival Chamber Orchestra - Janet Youngdah, soprano - Elizabeth Alexander, cond. ~ Cornell University   * Premiere
     Charleston Symphony Orchestra - Deanna McBroom, soprano - David Stahl, cond. ~ Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC)


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