Performed By: Northern Voices, Dr. Eric Johnson, conductor

Movements:
I. Looking at Each Other II. Clinging III. Dirty No Gooder Blues IV. Dear Love V. At April

Instrumentation:
SATB chorus, piano

Text: based on love poems by American women poets Muriel Rukeyser, Jeanne Shepard, Bessie Smith, Willa Cather, Angelina Weld Grimke

Duration: 18 minutes

Commissioned By:
Winchester Musica Viva, Winchester, VA, Dr. Kenneth Nafziger, music director, for their 16th concert season, May 1997

Premiere:
May 17, 1997 by Winchester Musica Viva, Dr. Kenneth J. Nafziger, conductor, in Winchester, VA

Available From:
Oxford University Press, distributed by Goodmusic Publishing

Composer's Notes:
Unlike Sonnets from the Portuguese, which were about lyrical romanticized love written in Victorian English, Love Songs are an exploration of contemporary love written by expert literary word crafters in contemporary American English.  What this means is that the lyric writing is much more percussive and witty and should be performed with special attention to the articulation, dynamics, and the consonants of the text.

— Libby Larsen, September 27, 2002
 
 
Score Errata:
 
Movement II, measure 43, RH piano: move bass cleff at end of measure to just before last note of measure
 
Movement III, measure 31, chorus: last note of measure should gliss into first note of measure 32