for soprano, flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano.
texts by Jodi Marchowsky. lyrics used by permission, ©1998 by Jodi Marchowsky.
Jodi Marchowsky is a fellow Nashuan, a friend, a former housemate, and a poet. The poems are selected from her collection, Mudseason. I was the flutist in an ensemble performing Arnold Schoenberg's seminal work Pierrot Lunaire (1912), and decided that it would be a wonderful opportunity to write something for the same instrumentation (something just about every composer has thought at some point, since, oh... about 1912 or so). Each poem is a vivid character sketch: a snapshot of someone in a particular moment. I found the various combinations of personality and situation inherently musical. I sketched the vocal line for the last poem, "Quiet," first, while waiting in the laundromat. That melody became the material for all four movements.
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