THE

ANTHOLOGY IV

BURNING HEART

YEARS

2012

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Mezzo-Soprano & Piano

 

DURATION

10 minutes

 

TEXT

Various Japanese Poets

trans. Kenneth Rexroth (English)

 

MOVEMENTS

1. Ghost

2. Night without end

3. Imperceptible

4. The man who is gone

5. The heart of man

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

August 24, 2012

Sarah Davis (Mezzo)

Gabriel Dobner (Piano)

Staunton Music Festival

 

 PROGRAM NOTE

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. 

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

April 14, 2019: Hailey McAvoy (Mez.) and Chewon Park (Piano), National Sawdust, NY

April 11, 2019: Hailey McAvoy (Mez.) and Chewon Park (Piano), Bard Conservatory of Music, NY

August 24, 2012: Sarah Davis (Mezzo), Gabriel Dobner (Piano), Staunton, VA 

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