This recording features members of the Great Noise Ensemble performing at the 2013 New Voices @ CUA Festival in Washington, DC.
Voice and tuba
TextAmy Lowell : Pictures of the Floating World
SongsI. From a Window
IV. A Burnt Offering
VI. A Lover
VIII. By Messenger
Amy Lowell’s collection of poems entitledPictures of the Floating World(1919) is a set of poignant haiku-like works. The title of the book is a literal translation of the Japanese word “Ukiyo-e”, which is a genre of paintings and woodcut prints dating back to the seventeenth century. The subject matter of such artworks often includes landscapes, historical tales, and images taken from the theater. In a sense, they are vignettes frozen in time, and Lowell’s poems capture that property magically. In this eponymous set of songs for soprano and tuba, I have set seven of Lowell’s poems(with an interlude for solo tuba). Like the texts, the songs are brief, and the sparse textures reflect the simple power of the words