At a Dinner Party from Three Amy Levy Songs

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At a Dinner Party from Three Amy Levy Songs

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Hope Salmonson

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I feel such a connection to Levy's writing. These poems are pure and sublunary—a dinner party, a rest taken on a grassy hill, a game of tennis with friends—but have an almost fantastical feeling to them. I was immediately drawn to a connecting theme of queer mundanity, and I wanted to channel the excitement and mixed feelings that love can bring.

Three Amy Levy Songs was premiered by Gabrielle Brochu, mezzo-soprano, and Caitlin Strong, piano at Hope's composition recital on April 10, 2021. The first movement, then called "Beneath the Table," was premiered by Brochu and Strong on March 25, 2019.

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