Will There Really Be A Morning? (vocal) – Kirk Nurock & Emily Dickinson
A very memorable setting of an Emily Dickinson poem, this ballad is almost like a folk song.
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- Recording: Theo Bleckmann - Kirk Nurock Songbook
- Recorded on: September 4, 2006
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1010)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , G-sharp3 to D5 written 8va
- Style: Ballad
- Vocal - Theo Bleckmann
- Tenor Sax - Bob Kindred
- Piano - Kirk Nurock
- Bass - Cameron Brown
- Drums - Billy Hart
Lyric Description: A setting of "Will there really be a 'Morning'? (101)" by Emily Dickinson, this poem addresses topics of the afterlife and religion through the symbol of an elusive morning. The speaker, a "Pilgrim," wonders what the nature of this "morning" will be like. This pondering of the sublime is heightened by Nurock's addition of a stanza from "Sleep is supposed to be (38)" that describes day break as "east of eternity."
No-vocal version: The no-vocal version begins with a four-measure rhythm section introduction. On the last bar of the intro, the vocals come in with the pick-up to A. The accompaniment goes through the form one time. At B, the tenor sax comes in with a counter-line. Take the coda out.
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Instrumental editions for all instruments plus an MP3 track, with melody by trumpeter Don Sickler, are also available, along with a Minus Melody MP3. Click here.
There have been other melodies written to this Emily Dickinson poem, but none so at home with the poetry as this Nurock version. The Blossom Dearie and Judy Collins settings, for example, have entirely different melodies, and their musical directions are not so closely tied to the rhythms of the poetry as Kirk's interpretation. It is sung here by the remarkable Theo Bleckmann, known as both pioneering innovator and cool balladeer, and was recorded by legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Bob Kindred is the tenor sax soloist.
born on February 28, 1948
Composer/pianist Kirk Nurock eschews the boundaries of genre, having worked with some of the greatest names in Broadway, classical music, and of course, jazz. He orchestrated for Dizzy Gillespie and Leonard Bernstein, composed a work for 20 voices and 3 canines which he conducted at Carnegie Hall, and won a scholarship at age 16, awarded by Duke Ellington. Nurock's diverse compositions or arrangements have been performed or recorded by the likes of Nat Adderley, Jane Ira Bloom, Tom Harrell, Dick Hyman, The Israel Philharmonic, Arnie Lawrence, David "Fathead" Newman, New World Symphony, Hank Jones and Bobby Previte. Read more...
December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886
Emily Dickinson is one of the best known American poets. Over the span of her quiet and reclusive life, she produced close to 1800 poems and many letters, the vast majority of which were not published or even acknowledged until after her death. Read more...