996 (Vocal and Double-Viola String Orchestra Version)

Musical setting of the untitled Emily Dickinson poem referred to as “996” in “The Poems of Emily Dickinson” [Belknap Harvard]. Inspired by watching a beautiful orange sunset over orange-leafed trees while atop Mount Auburn’s Washington Tower. Originally commissioned by the Friends of Mount Auburn as part of Mary’s two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

(An arrangement of this piece for alto-or-mezzo vocalist and double-viola string quartet can be found HERE.)

( PLEASE NOTE: This arrangement is for double-viola string orchestra [violin, viola I, viola II, cello, double bass], not standard string quartet [violin I, violin II, viola, cello, double bass]. If you would like obtain a standard string quartet arrangement for this piece, please email Mary. )

VOCAL RANGE: A3-Eb5 [Alto OR Mezzo-Soprano]

( Album cover art by: Bree Harvey of Mount Auburn Cemetery )