All In the Sound, Two Songs after texts by William Carlos Williams (2017)

Soprano and Piano

Text used with permission of New Directions Publishing

Total duration ca. 3'15 

Two-movement work

I. The Shadow

II. The Poem

Premiered April 2018

in Baltimore, MD by Katie Procell and Valerie Hsu

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Performed by Katie Procell and Valerie Hsu

This song set was commissioned by soprano Katie Procell for a concert of American songs. Selected by Procell, these two concise poems sum up the nature of Williams's poetry: empathic, mystical descriptions of nature, a concern for the form and substance of poetry, an elevation of everyday objects, and a celebration of human sexuality. All of those aspects are present in these two small poems, a tiny window into Williams's vast world. This work is dedicated with gratitude to Katie.

''The Shadow''
By William Carlos Williams, from THE COLLECTED POEMS: VOLUME I, 1909-1939, copyright ©1938 by New Directions Publishing Corp. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.
''The Poem (It’s all in)''
By William Carlos Williams, from THE COLLECTED POEMS: VOLUME II, 1939-1962, copyright ©1953 by William Carlos Williams. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

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