This cycle is comprised of four songs, all based on poems from Janet Lewis’ unfortunately out-of-print “Dear Past” poetry collection. I chose to set these particular poems because I was drawn to the way they each evoked simple and beautiful natural images – from the spider spinning its web in the early morning light, to the quick hummingbirds contrasted with the still perched cedar birds, to the power of the quietly moving river – while also eluding to a deeper meaning.
Commissioned by Jill Morgan Brenner for the second season of I Sing Words: The Poetry Project. Learn more here.
Soprano voice, piano
*Indicates a world premiere