sapped from me broken
three songs after texts of Anja Utlerfor soprano, violin, and bassoon (2019)
|Text information||All text by Anja Utler, from the book engulf––enkindle|
|Commission||Commissioned by Patricia Kopatchinskaja|
|Premiere||September 8, 2023; International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL; Ah Young Hong, soprano • Ben Roidl-Ward, bassoon • William Overcash, violin|
|Authorized translations||Translation by Kurt Beals|
This cycle was commissioned by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. She had worked several times in the past with soprano Ah Young Hong, an artist I had also worked with frequently, and Ms. Kopatchinskaja requested a new work for them to perform together. Over the previous decade, I had become increasingly interested in the bassoon and its remarkable expressive possibilities, something I felt I had not fully explored prior, and wanted to pursue in tandem with the colors of the violin and the voice. The beautiful and often harrowing poetry of Anja Utler (b.1973) was something I also wished to engage. Utler's poetry often creates environments one may reflexively look away from, yet there is at once a disarming quality that lulls the reader in and, consequently, the reader may find themselves suddenly in the midst of shocking scenes; scenes of deliberateness, brutality and forthrightness, housed within a poetical territory of, in my opinion, a tremendous musicality.
– Michael Hersch