Clarinet in Bb, Piano, Violin, Contrabass, Percussion
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Kathy Gerlach, James Onstad, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Contemporary Music Ensemble
This is one of the strangest works I’ve composed, but I have a special fondness for it despite its lumps. While I was at Harvard, the Contemporary Music Ensemble semi-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. The title refers to the unwitting author of the libretto, as well as the relentless pulsating ominousness that typifies the accompaniment.