Robert Manno Home “...a composer of serious music of considerable depth and spiritual beauty”—Atlanta Audio Society
Records International April 2001

ROBERT MANNO: String Sextet, 3 Poems for 2 Violins and Piano, A Mountain Path for Piano Trio, Stiller Freund der vielen Fernen for Soprano,Violin and Piano, Fern Hill for Baritone and Chamber Ensemble.

Whatever the medium and whether setting words or not, it is apparent that there is a tendency toward the passionately elegiac in Manno's work. The Rilke setting quotes Schubert and Mahler (without sounding especially like either), and there is something of that romantic melancholy common to these composers, though Manno's music is sparer and tends further in the direction of atonality (without reaching that point, however). All these pieces share a feeling for nature and a sense of the inevitability and beauty of farewells.