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The Blue Hour is a song cycle written collaboratively by the composers Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider with the chamber orchestra A Far Cry (Shara Nova also is featured as vocal soloist).  Set to excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth, the music follows one woman’s journey through the space between life and death via thousands of hallucinatory and non-linear images. Exploring memories of childhood, of war, of love, and of loss, The Blue Houramplifies the beauty, pain, and fragility of human life from a collective female perspective.

The Blue Hour is a song cycle written collaboratively by the composers Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider with the chamber orchestra A Far Cry (Shara Nova also is featured as vocal soloist).  Set to excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth, the music follows one woman’s journey through the space between life and death via thousands of hallucinatory and non-linear images. Exploring memories of childhood, of war, of love, and of loss, The Blue Houramplifies the beauty, pain, and fragility of human life from a collective female perspective.

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DISC: 1

1. Prologue (Nova)
2. Opening (Grimes)
3. A black map (Negrón)
4. A memory (Grimes)
5. A syllable (Shaw)
6. Angelica-balefire (Snider)
7. Canticle (Negrón)
8. Dark (Negrón)
9. Early summer’s green plums (Snider)
10. Even if by forgetting (reading)
11. Firmament (Shaw)
12. 1st Refrain (Shaw)
13. Ghost swift (Nova)
14. He told her how (Snider)
15. Her hair (Negrón)
16. I am alone (Snider)
17. In the toy store (Grimes)
18. It appears to be an elegy (Nova)
19. J'ai rêvé (Shaw)
20. Keeping a record (reading)
21. Library lilac (Nova)
22. My dear (Snider)
23. Nevertheless (Nova)
24. Oil soap (Grimes)
25. Older than clocks (Shaw)
26. Poppy seed (Grimes)
27. 2nd Refrain (Shaw)
28. She heard no one's footsteps (Snider)
29. Tendril (Grimes)
30. The ganglia (Shaw)
31. The hole (Negrón)
32. The name (Grimes)
33. The silence (Negrón)
34. Twirling (Shaw)
35. Vesture, vigil (Shaw)
36. We are as paper (Nova)
37. Yet the women (Snider)
38. You are the ghost (Nova)
39. Zero (Grimes)
40. 3rd Refrain (Shaw)

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The Blue Hour is a song cycle written collaboratively by the composers Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider with the chamber orchestra A Far Cry (Shara Nova also is featured as vocal soloist).  Set to excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth, the music follows one woman’s journey through the space between life and death via thousands of hallucinatory and non-linear images. Exploring memories of childhood, of war, of love, and of loss, The Blue Houramplifies the beauty, pain, and fragility of human life from a collective female perspective.

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