high voice, flute, violin, cello, harp
Version for soprano performed here by Waka Osifchin (s), Sophia Musleh (fl), Solomia Gorokhivska (vln), Soo You (vc), Cara Fleck (hp).
Version for tenor performed here by Steven Ebel and New Music New York
Four Sonnets started as a commission for one song from Steven Ebel and New Music New York. The result was the overtly political For Restful Death I Cry (now Mvt. III of the present set). During the summer of 2008, while in residence at the Copland House, I composed the other three movements. The set has a dramatic arc of restless agitation (musica permoveo) that is gradually subsumed in sleep and shadows (musica umbra). I think the choice of these particular sonnets and the overall mood of these songs can be seen as a reflection of my experience living in Worcester, MA during the 2007/2008 academic year. While my move away from Ithaca, NY had to happen and was on one hand a welcome change (the first job!), there were many things that constantly pulled me back (two of the more pressing being an unfinished dissertation and a long distance relationship).
Version for tenor:
III. For restful death I cry, ver. for tenor • 3:34