Arguably, no artist grows up: If he sheds the perceptions of childhood, he ceases being an artist.
Early in the Morning, an art song by American composer Ned Rorem (b. 1923), is filled with wistful nostalgia. The text, by the poet Robert Hillyer, offers a distant memory of a far-off summer morning. Both the words and the music are shrouded in a dreamlike haze. We’re presented with the ephemeral- sights and smells of the morning- rather than the concrete. The piano’s gentle rocking rhythm vaguely suggests a lullaby.
Here is Susan Graham’s 2000 recording:
- Rorem: Early in the Morning, Susan Graham, Malcolm Martineau Amazon