Dominion Fragments for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, and piano (1997)

The Dominion Fragments was composed during the fall and winter of 1996-1997 in Hampton, Virginia for the Dominion Trio (Fay Putnam, mezzo-soprano; F. Gerald Errante, clarinet; Ruth Winters, piano).  The work is the sequel to my Three Psalm Fragments for Soprano and Bb Clarinet, and consists of eleven movements performed attacca.

Harvey J. Stokes (2/8/97)

The range of the Mezzo-Soprano part is from g to g2.

Duration of movements:

I. Prelude: ca. 1′ (clarinet, piano)

II. Dominion 1: ca. 30″ (mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano)

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. (Psalm 8:6-8)

III. Interlude 1: ca. 28″ (piano)

IV. Dominion 2: ca. 47″ (mezzo-soprano, clarinet)

Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. (Psalm 19:12)

V. Interlude 2: ca. 1′ 45″ (clarinet)

VI. Dominion 3: ca. 3′ 45″ (mezzo-soprano, piano)

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. (Psalms 19:13)

VII. Interlude 3: ca. 1′ 30″ (piano)

VIII. Dominion 4: ca. 40″ (mezzo-soprano, clarinet)

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

IX. Interlude 4: ca. 20″ (clarinet)

X. Dominion 5: ca. 1′ (mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano)

Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul. (Psalm 103:22)

XI. Postlude: ca. 45″ (clarinet, piano)

Total Duration: ca. 12′ 30″

Performed 10/31/98 by Lisa Relaford-Coston, mezzo-soprano, Marvin Western, clarinet, and Kyong Jarrell, piano in Newport News, Virginia at the 1998 Region III conference of the Society of Composers, Inc.

Dominion Fragments for mezzo soprano, clarinet, and piano

Score and Parts


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