A Dickinson Dirge

2007 – for Soprano, Tenor, and Mixed Chamber Ensemble (25:00)


Libretto compiled by Michael Schachter from texts by Emily Dickinson


Clarinet in Bb, Piano, Violin, Contrabass, Percussion
Soprano, Tenor


This is one of the oddities of my student years, but I have a special fondness for it despite its lumps. While I was at Harvard, the Contemporary Music Ensemble regularly staged one-act operas of usually quirky and/or subversive themes. For this project, I Frankenstein’d together a large number of otherwise unconnected Emily Dickinson poems into a sad “love-lost” narrative between a man and a woman.



April 2007
Paine Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Kathy Gerlach, James Onstad, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Contemporary Music Ensemble

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