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2014. 15-17 minutes. Composed for the USC Collaborative with Music@Boston Court

Corinna Schroeder composed these three poems together as an assignment for our “Writer and Composer” class taught by Frank Ticheli and David St. John at USC. Although the poems were not intended as a triptych, I found that they flowed together quite nicely, and I was able to set them to music with almost no alteration or re-ordering of Corinna’s words.

I was struck by the poems’ harsh desolation, and thoroughly enjoyed painting light amidst the dark cracks in Corinna’s work. The first two songs explore brisk, angular motions and energy, contrasting with slow, meditative chorales. The last song presents the most fatal scene, but holds back with an ending hymn suggesting a ray of hope..