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For each ecstatic instant (2018)
soprano, clarinet, piano
As a first vocal work, the composition process started with working on the poem. I’ve always found Emily Dickinson’s poems intimate and familiar because of my experience with vocal performance as a classical repertoire. I started with writing the soprano’s melody line to establish a foundational material to work with, then added the clarinet and piano parts. This piece revolves around a single intervallic system of six notes, and the voice cycles through them which all start on G. While I experimented to approach the text from a composite of phonological and semantic aspects, the clarinet and piano echo to emerge the language expressions as well. The work purely explores the spoken utterance of the poem and conjured up emotions within the restricted pitch system of the six notes cycle.
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