RAINER MARIA RILKE POEMS:  THREE SONGS FOR VOICE AND VIOLIN  (1965)
Durationj:  9:34
While teaching music in the Lexington, MA public schools in 1965, having just graduated from Lowell State University, Priscilla Taylor (McLean) rented an apartment with Carol Schiavone, also a recent graduate, teacher of strings in the Medford public schools, and a budding performer on the violin.  McLean wrote these THREE SONGS FOR VOICE AND VIOLIN for her own voice and Schiavone’s violin, and in the autumn of 1966 premiered the set at their alma mater, Lowell State, in a voluntary program.  In 1966 McLean went to study for a Master’s degree in music composition at Indiana University, and began study herself on the violin with Delight Hedges, graduate student and an excellent performer in violin.  A second     performance, with two virtuoso performers, Hedges and Linda Phillips, opera major, was given in April of 1969 at Indiana University on a graduate student recital, and recorded— heard here on AAC-m4a.

The Rainer Maria poems are:  EINGANG (Initiation), DIE LAUTE (The Lute), and DER NACHBAR (The Neighbor).  McLean translated the text to English.  The style is early Schoenberg, but with a mild edge. MLC Publications
 
    ©1982 Priscilla McLean