The Burning Heart song cycle was composed for the 2012 Staunton Music Festival. The work consists of settings of Japanese love poems (Haiku) translated by Kenneth Rexroth and are in four large volumes, each volume composed for a different voice type and piano. The poems express in very little words, young and mature love, conveying intimacy, sensuality and angst.
April 14, 2019: Chelsea Fingal DeSouza (Sop.) and Florence Mak (Piano), National Sawdust, NY
April 11, 2019: Chelsea Fingal DeSouza (Sop.) and Florence Mak (Piano), Bard Conservatory of Music, NY
May 19, 2013: Sarah Shafer, soprano and Natalie Zhu (Piano), Curtis Institute of Music (Song 5), PN
August 24, 2012: Jessica Petrus (Soprano), Gabriel Dobner (Piano), Staunton, VA
Soprano & Piano
Various Japanese Poets
trans. Kenneth Rexroth (English)
3. Have I learned to understand you?
5. Of the night the whispering snow fell
August 24, 2012
Jessica Petrus (Soprano)
Gabriel Dobner (Piano)
Staunton Music Festival