Two Flutes was written for Eberhard Blum and Johanna Kassner and first performed as part of the 1986 Berlin Festival. The excerpt is of the first 4+ minutes.
The text of A Dream is drawn from Edward Deming Andrew's The Gift to be Simple and is an example of a "speaking in tongues" song by an Anonymous 19th C. Shaker. The soprano sings with an "orchestra" of MIDI flute sounds.
The two poems set were both written during WW II. In the first one, A Song On the End of the World,the apocalypse is imagined in the penultimate line, which is then repeated. The simplicity of the music in the opening of Recovery is as though one emerged from a shelter to find the world still existent.
Five Songs is a collection, not a cycle, though there are threads of connection between the poems. They are all from the 19th C, when poetry was commonly read, and they all, in their own way, are "bright" poems. the tragic note is not sounded.
These two pieces for violin and piano, Answer and Question and Mnemosyne are reworking of two pieces for solo piano, the second commissioned by The Albright-Knox Art Gallery for Yvar Mikhashoff, who gave the first performance of the solo piano version. In the audio samples, the first piece is played in its entirety, the second, the last three minutes.
Five Songs is a collection, not a cycle, though there are threads of connection between the poems. They are all from the 19th C., when poetry was commonly read, and they all, in their own way, are "bright"
poems. The tragic note is not sounded
1) The Lake Isle of Innisfree (William Butler Yeats)
2) Let Us Play Yesterday (Emily Dickinson)
3) There is No God (Arthur Hugh Clough)
4) The Grasshopper and the Cricket (John Keats)
5) Pied Beauty (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
text by William Butler Yates, lines 1-48 of "A Prayer for My Daughter"
A cycle of five songs based on Shaker melodies found in 'The Gift To Be Simnple' by Edward Deming Andrews.
An earlier version of the piece was recorded by Rachel Payne and Reiko Fueting.