New Brunswick Street Scene

  • for soprano, clarinet, violin, piano (12')
  • poetry by Alden Nowlan
  • commissioned and premiered by Sally Dibblee and the Atlantica Quartet, with the support of an ArtsNB Creation Grant
  • 2016

Score and Archival Recordings

Sensitive ears should take note that there are a few expletives near the beginning of this work.

About the work

New Brunswick Street Scene sets three dramatic and expressive poems by Canadian poet Alden Nowlan (1933-1983): "Britain Street: Saint John, New Brunswick," "A Treaty to be Signed with Guests," and "The Last Waltz." It was written for noted Canadian operatic soprano Sally Dibblee, with violinist Nadia Francavilla, clarinettist Richard Hornsby, and pianist Simon Docking, and was premiered Nowlan's home town of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The poems are used with the permission of House of Anansi Press, Claudine Nowlan, and the Estate of Alden Nowlan.

This project was generously supported by the New Brunswick Arts Board / le Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick (ArtsNB).