Boosey & Hawkes

Dog Days (Summer)

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Charles Collins
Dog Days reflect the composer's discomfort with the high humidity and high tempertures often encountered in July and August; air so heavy and heat so oppressive that one can barely move. The composition reflects this climate in a slow, harmonically static language interrupted by whispered commentaries by the choir. The Trois Gymnopedies of Eric Satie served as a musical model. (3:30)