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Orchestration: 5 first violin, 5 second violin, 4 viola, 3 cello, 2 bass, 2 flutes (1 piccolo), oboe, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, harp, piano, strings, solo mezzo-soprano

About this Piece

American composer Peter Lieberson (1946–2011) wrote a cycle of five heartfelt songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra specifically for his wife, luminous singer Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954–2006), based on passionate love poetry by famed 20th-century Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. “Amor mío, si muero y tú no mueres” (My love, if I die and you do not) is the final song of the set. The cycle, which won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, was commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

American composer Peter Lieberson (1946–2011) wrote a cycle of five heartfelt songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra specifically for his wife, luminous singer Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (1954–2006), based on passionate love poetry by famed 20th-century Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. “Amor mío, si muero y tú no mueres” (My love, if I die and you do not) is the final song of the set. The cycle, which won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, was commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.