babblings of the moon
This work is centered around four texts from Carl Sandburg’s Chicago which all thematically relate to the moon and night. Soprano and piano are treated as equal collaborators - supporting each other throughout the piece. Linking all four movements are fragments of the harmonic series used as pianistic flourishes - a homage to the natural elements of sound.
I am greatly indebted to soprano Lily Kass, and pianist Vanessa Williams for their numerous comments and suggestions as the piece came into being.
Premiere: Lily Kass soprano, Vanessa Williams piano, Philadelphia, October 2013
Philadelphia Composers' Ink Award and performance in June 2014
Boston International Contempo Festival Award 2014