dominickdiorio
conductor composer
two letter D inside a blue circle

And the Barriers Had Vanished

Voice

solo voice with obbligato instrument

work detail

instrumentation: soprano and cello

completion date: december 2011

duration: 25 minutes

texts: Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) from 'A Mightier than Mammon' in "Towards Democracy" (1918); "Timarion" Meleager (1st century BCE) from Poems of Meleager (1890) trs. Walter Headlem; C.P. Cavafy (1863-1932) "He Asked About the Quality"; John Symonds

audio

And the Barriers Had Vanished - I: Prelude / II: And this is of a boy who sat in school

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - III: Timarion

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - IV: He asked about the quality

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - V: Clifton and a Lad's Love

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - VI: Alexis

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - VII: Postlude: "And the barriers had vanished"

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished

Rachel Mikol, soprano & Graham Cullen, cello

Recorded live, January 2018. Chris LaRosa, engineer.

videos

And the Barriers Had Vanished - Movement 4 - "He asked about the quality"

And the barriers had vanished

Rachel Mikol, soprano
Graham Cullen, cello

performances

march 16, 2012 (Premiere)

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Penn State University - University Park, PA

march 30, 2012

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Lone Star College-Montgomery - Conroe, TX

april 27, 2012

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
University of Georgia - Athens, GA

may 24, 2012

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Midtown Scholars Bookstore - Harrisburg, PA

may 31, 2012

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Music at Salem - Salem, NY

october 10, 2012

unMET: Opera for the 21st Century
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Anna Ward, soprano & Michael Dahlberg, cello
Erin Huelskamp, director; Lidiya Yankovskaya, musical director
Bentley University - Executive Dining Room LaCava Campus Center - Waltham, MA

october 31, 2012

unMET: Opera for the 21st Century
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Anna Ward, soprano & Michael Dahlberg, cello
Erin Huelskamp, director; Lidiya Yankovskaya, musical director
Club Oberon - Cambridge, MA

june 17, 2014

International Festival for Contemporary Performance
Mannes College of Music
Meredith Mecum, soprano & Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Mannes Concert Hall - 150 W 8th St - New York, NY

january 18, 2017

Rachel Mikol, soprano and Graham Cullen, cello
Faculty Art Song Recital
Auer Concert Hall - IU Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN

september 30, 2017

Rachel Mikol, soprano and Graham Cullen, cello
PD Recital - Rachel Mikol
Auer Concert Hall - IU Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN

november 28, 2017

Anna Ward, soprano and Drew Ricciardi, viola
Middlesex Community College Concert Hall - Bedford, MA

scores

commission

Commissioned by and dedicated to Justin Dougherty, violoncellist and Meredith Mecum, soprano.

2013 Boston Metro Opera "Advocacy Award" - Art Song / Song Cycle Category

movement / song titles

1, 2. Prelude / And this is of a boy who sat in school
3. Timarion
4. He asked about the quality
5. Clifton and a Lad's Love
6. Alexis
7. Postlude: "And the barriers had vanished"

program note

The genesis of this project is remarkably serendipitous. Justin had been on the lookout for openly-gay composers who might be interested in writing works for his Queering the Pitch recital series. It just so happens that he found my website through a friend and felt compelled to write me an email to gauge my interest in the project. Inspired by the thought of writing a song cycle for soprano and violoncello, I responded quickly that I would be most delighted to do so!

“And the barriers had vanished” is an exploration of the many facets of love in hiding. The texts are diverse, drawn from a selection of poets whose words touch on themes of passion, coming-of-age, secrecy, forbidden desire, and exultation. The music is mostly my own, with the exception of the fifth song. There I borrow the entirety of the “Andante lento” from Benjamin Britten’s Second Suite for Cello, Op. 80, so that I may allow the text to draw parallels with Britten’s own internal conflicts. As with the Britten, I have recently been fascinated with the layering of new material over older musical material. I do the same thing to my own original music between the Prelude and the Postlude, where the soprano voice can no longer hold in her glee, but must interrupt the former violoncello solo to proclaim her joy.

The music is dedicated gratefully to Meredith and Justin.

information

audio

And the Barriers Had Vanished - I: Prelude / II: And this is of a boy who sat in school

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - III: Timarion

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - IV: He asked about the quality

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - V: Clifton and a Lad's Love

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - VI: Alexis

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished - VII: Postlude: "And the barriers had vanished"

Meredith Mecum and Justin Dougherty, recorded at the University of Georgia, April 2012

And the Barriers Had Vanished

Rachel Mikol, soprano & Graham Cullen, cello

Recorded live, January 2018. Chris LaRosa, engineer.


videos

And the Barriers Had Vanished - Movement 4 - "He asked about the quality"

And the barriers had vanished

Rachel Mikol, soprano
Graham Cullen, cello


performances

march 16, 2012 (Premiere)

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Penn State University - University Park, PA

march 30, 2012

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Lone Star College-Montgomery - Conroe, TX

april 27, 2012

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
University of Georgia - Athens, GA

may 24, 2012

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Midtown Scholars Bookstore - Harrisburg, PA

may 31, 2012

Meredith Mecum, soprano and Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Music at Salem - Salem, NY

october 10, 2012

unMET: Opera for the 21st Century
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Anna Ward, soprano & Michael Dahlberg, cello
Erin Huelskamp, director; Lidiya Yankovskaya, musical director
Bentley University - Executive Dining Room LaCava Campus Center - Waltham, MA

october 31, 2012

unMET: Opera for the 21st Century
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Anna Ward, soprano & Michael Dahlberg, cello
Erin Huelskamp, director; Lidiya Yankovskaya, musical director
Club Oberon - Cambridge, MA

june 17, 2014

International Festival for Contemporary Performance
Mannes College of Music
Meredith Mecum, soprano & Justin Dougherty, violoncello
Mannes Concert Hall - 150 W 8th St - New York, NY

january 18, 2017

Rachel Mikol, soprano and Graham Cullen, cello
Faculty Art Song Recital
Auer Concert Hall - IU Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN

september 30, 2017

Rachel Mikol, soprano and Graham Cullen, cello
PD Recital - Rachel Mikol
Auer Concert Hall - IU Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN

november 28, 2017

Anna Ward, soprano and Drew Ricciardi, viola
Middlesex Community College Concert Hall - Bedford, MA


scores


published


commission

Commissioned by and dedicated to Justin Dougherty, violoncellist and Meredith Mecum, soprano.

2013 Boston Metro Opera "Advocacy Award" - Art Song / Song Cycle Category


movement / song titles

1, 2. Prelude / And this is of a boy who sat in school
3. Timarion
4. He asked about the quality
5. Clifton and a Lad's Love
6. Alexis
7. Postlude: "And the barriers had vanished"


program note

The genesis of this project is remarkably serendipitous. Justin had been on the lookout for openly-gay composers who might be interested in writing works for his Queering the Pitch recital series. It just so happens that he found my website through a friend and felt compelled to write me an email to gauge my interest in the project. Inspired by the thought of writing a song cycle for soprano and violoncello, I responded quickly that I would be most delighted to do so!

“And the barriers had vanished” is an exploration of the many facets of love in hiding. The texts are diverse, drawn from a selection of poets whose words touch on themes of passion, coming-of-age, secrecy, forbidden desire, and exultation. The music is mostly my own, with the exception of the fifth song. There I borrow the entirety of the “Andante lento” from Benjamin Britten’s Second Suite for Cello, Op. 80, so that I may allow the text to draw parallels with Britten’s own internal conflicts. As with the Britten, I have recently been fascinated with the layering of new material over older musical material. I do the same thing to my own original music between the Prelude and the Postlude, where the soprano voice can no longer hold in her glee, but must interrupt the former violoncello solo to proclaim her joy.

The music is dedicated gratefully to Meredith and Justin.


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