The Donne Songs Without Words

Instrumentation: Viol Quartet and Baroque Triple Harp (30:00)

Premier date: March 22, 2014

Commissioned by Parthenia with a grant from NYSCA, a state agency, The Donne Songs were composed in collaboration with Parthenia in that they chose their favorite poems by John Donne and recorded a reading of those poems. I then took those recordings and manipulated them to reveal melody and rhythms which I then used as base material for each movement. The Prelude is the only movement without a poetic connection.

 

Prelude

The Sun Rising

Break of Day

The Computation

The Broken Heart

The Triple Fool