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Published: 06 November 2018 06 November 2018

“Tonight we celebrate the life of Virko Baley, and especially his influence on the Las Vegas community beginning 48 years ago when he joined the music faculty at UNLV. Virko has been a true friend to so many in Las Vegas: amusing us, challeng- ing us, and lifting us up. What better way to celebrate his 80th year, than by listening to his music? This music, with all its diversity, beauty and complexity, mirrors his unique personality. With tongue firmly in cheek, Virko titled his publishing company “Troppe Note” (too many notes). But we are grateful for all your music, Virko, and look forward to many more notes!”


— Stephen Caplan

Prepare for the Concert!


Program for the Music of Virko Baley, November 8, 2018

Nocturnal No. 4 (1971; 1987) for piano​​​​​

1. Toccata (attacca)

2. 13 Interludes (13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird)

  I. "...the eye of the blackbird" (tenuto; repentimente!)
  II. "...a fear pierced him" (staccatissimo)
  III. "...cry out sharply...(an indecipherable cause)" (lugubre)
  IV. "I was of three minds/Like a tree" (cantabile)
  V. "It was evening all afternoon" (come di lontananza)
  VI. "...the edge/Of one of many circles" (ironicamente)
  VII. "The blackbird whirled in the autumn wind" (leggiero e virtuoso; fantasioso)
  IX. "A man and a woman are one" (con calore) X. "...the blackbird whistling" (strepitoso; tutta la forza)
  XI. "Why do you imagine golden birds?" (dolce; con alcuna licenza)
  XII. "I know noble accents/And lucid, inescapable rhythms" (tempo rubato e malinconico)
  XIII. "Icicles filled the long window/With barbaric glass" (quasi campanelle)

3. Caccia

Timothy Hoft, piano

Song Without Words: Der Abschied (2003)

In memoriam: Valentin Bibik​​​​​​ Song Without Words: A Poem for Aleks (2007)​​​​​

Andrew Smith, cello
Timothy Hoft, piano

from Partita No. 5 for flute and piano ​(2009-18)

  2. Canto: Soleares
  3. Persona III (Luisa Triana)
  4. Cante Hondo: Pajarillo (Little Bird)
Jennifer Grim, flute
Timothy Hoft, piano


Nocturnal No. 5 (1980) for piano​​​​​​​

Laura Spitzer, piano

Orpheus Singing (1994)​​​​​

A divertimento for oboe and string quartet

  I. Recitative
  II. Aria  
  III. Cabaletta: Kolomyikas
Steven Caplan, oboe
Ambroise Aubrun & Ying Zhang, Violins
Kate Hamilton, Viola
Andrew Smith, Cello

from The Emily Dickinson Songbooks, Books 1 & 2​​​​

  1. There is a solitude of space (Bk. 1, No. 4)
  2. I held a jewel in my fingers (Bk. 1, No. 3)
  3. Love can do all but raise the dead (Bk. 1, No. 1)
  4. Oh, Honey of an hour (Bk. 1, Mo. 1xx, No. 2)
  5. Hope is a thing with feathers (Bk. 2, No. 2)
Lucy Shelton, soprano
Virko Baley, piano