O Lady Moon

 

Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000) wrote this exotic piece on texts from “A Japanese Miscellany” by Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904.)  Japan was still largely unknown  to Westerners in the late 19th century, and Hearn became well known for his writings about that country where he went to live in 1890. Hovhaness composed O Lady Moon in 1953 for soprano, clarinet and piano and also set it for women’s voices. We feature clarinetist Caroline Tobin and soprano soloist Linda Wilson in this unusual interplay of instrument and voices. “O Lady Moon! I say, a cat and a rat, carrying a barrel of sake, just now crossed over the mountain of Fuji. O Lady Moon!”