Our Vision for the Future
for soprano and piano(2014)
|Commission||Commissioned by Lyric Fest, Artistic Director Laura Ward, and John and Sandra Stouffer, American Women Poets in Song, March 2014|
|Premiere||March 28, 2014; Bryn Mawr College, Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr, PA; Lyric Fest; Kiera Duffy, soprano • Laura Ward, piano|
|Technical requirements||Range: C#4 - Db6|
The piece is a setting of a poem by Amanda Nadelberg that is non-narrative, free-associative, and rather fun. The music, which is similarly multifaceted, reflects the qualities; abruptly careening, moment by moment, from spiky angularity to lounge-lizard pseudo-jazz to calm placidity. I utilize the vocal ornamentation available to the coloratura soprano to add an air of playfulness to the vocal line, which is counterbalanced at times by a more contemplative sound.
- Douglas J. Cuomo