From Ashoka’s Dream

Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2011/04/25/135703102/composer-peter-lieberson-dies-at-64 When I was researching Andre Previn for my doctoral dissertation over ten years ago I was led on a journey to unexpected places.  Previn led me to his extended song “The Giraffes Go To Hamburg” and ultimately to the novel Out of Africa, the work from which the text is excerpted.  Previn led me to Hollywood and to Mia Farrow and then to  Rosemary’s Baby –  which led me to Woody Allen Films.  I learned that composer Peter Lieberson died this week and I realize that I never would have listened to his Neruda Songs had it not been for his second wife, mezzo-soprano…