Against That Time... Against My Love
Genre: Solo voice and ensemble: mezzo-soprano, viola, piano
Description: A song-cycle based on three Shakespeare sonnets (numbers 49, 63 and 126) reflecting on love, beauty and mortality
Duration: 9 minutes
The three sonnets chosen for this sequence meditate particularly on the effect of time upon the appearance of the beloved. In setting these lines, I let their rhythms permeate the melodic writing for the singer. The viola and piano act as a kind of echo chamber for the poet's very direct and intimate thoughts. The poems seem both timeless and modern in attitude and perceptions; the music's harmonies, though often tonally clear, are occasionally fractured and in tension, like the many images in these poignant texts.
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Solo voice and ensemble