Performance by mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen and violist Michael Hall.
Voice and viola
TextOvid : The Metamorphoses
In 2007, two fellow students at The Hartt School organized a concert entitled “Momentum”. The idea was that composers would be randomly assigned performers and would need to write a piece for those performers within an hour. The players would then have an hour to learn the new works before presenting them on the concert.
For the project, I was assigned spoken voice and alto saxophone. Since a copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses was on my desk at the time, I used an excerpt as the text of the resulting piece, Epilogue. The work was premiered on “Momentum” by Kate Dunphy (voice) and Joe D’Aleo (saxophone). After the premiere, violist/composer Russ Podgorsek asked me to do a viola arrangement.