The recording of Beauty’s Birth, a soprano duet I finished this spring based on a poem which I have referenced on this blog several times, is now posted on this page. My own program notes for the work are pasted below.
The profundity of this succinct and pithy poem written by my own father haunts me. I cannot walk through sand or hold my children without thinking of its lessons. It is here set to music, a soprano duet, for the occasion of Lucy Shelton’s spring 2010 residency at the University of Oregon. It bears a dedication to my son Beckett, born in January of the same year, and whose bones support both the shape of his beauty and his miraculous birth.