Primarily known as an art song composer, Juliana Hall has written over 35 song cycles and her commissions include two from the Schubert Club of St. Paul, MN for song cycles for soprano Dawn Upshaw and baritone David Malis. The Washington Post described Hall’s “Night Dances” as “a brilliant cycle of songs” and The Boston Globe remarked that her “Syllables of Velvet, Sentences of Plush” was “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon.” Hall’s music has been performed in 24 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, at venues including the Library of Congress, Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Théātre du Chātelet, and Wigmore Hall, as well as the Norfolk, Ojai, and Tanglewood festivals. Hall studied with Martin Bresnick, Leon Kirchner, and Frederic Rzewski at the Yale School of Music, completed her formal composition studies with Dominick Argento, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989.
LISTEN: Night Dances (6 Songs for Soprano and Piano on poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay)
Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Margo Garrett, piano