Sonnet: Poetry for Solo Piano
O Mysterium 5:11
Total Time 43:44
All of the original compositions on Sonnet were either inspired poems by May Sarton and Emily Dickinson, or is and of itself a poem. Much of the music was originally composed in the 1980's as songs in the Classical tradition. I wrote the following poem for the CD booklet which expresses my feelings about music.
O Music beyond language, You are all
Rhythm, melody, harmony
Uniting in sonorous communion
A concord of thought, feeling, dream
In and from the beginning, waiting to be heard
O Music, You are one, the voice individual
Caressed by fingers weaving sound within
Joy and heartbreak, mystery and reverie
Silence and rubato pulse
Solo and song, art and inspiration
O Music, listen, and hear my heart and poet's soul
Note by note, sound by sound
In and from the beginning, You are all
O Music beyond language, I am yours
Sonnet was recorded at Dead Aunt Thelma's Recording Studio in Portland, OR on July 29, 2013 by Mike Moore.
Poema – Composed in the summer of 2006, I gave the piece the Latin form of the word “poem” because I thought it was such a lovely word.
- O Mysterium was originally recorded on my CD, Breathe Peace, under the title "Soft the Rain". This recording is handled differently with more dynamics, emotion, and is 5 minutes instead of 15.
- Evensong was originally composed in 1986 as part of a song-cycle for Soprano and Piano based on poems by May Sarton. For this CD I reconfigured the piece for solo piano. The original poem was entitled Evening Music.
- Meditation was originally the title cut on my CD, Breathe Peace. For this recording it was shortened, and played with dynamics and emotion.
- An Aubade is a genre of poetry which describes lovers parting at dawn. This piece was inspired by the poem “He Was Weak” by Emily Dickinson. It was originally composed as part of a Song-cycle in 1988 for Soprano and Violin.
- Romance was named after a type of Romantic Era instrumental piece. It was composed in 2002, and originally named “Song of Farewell.”
- Reverie was part of the 1986 May Sarton song. It was inspired by the poem “The Clavichord,” and has the feeling of intimacy and quiet that is created by playing a clavichord.
- Remembrance is part of the 1988 Emily Dickinson Song-cycle. It is based on the poem, “Heart, We Will Forget Him.”
- Sonnet is also part of the Emily Dickinson Song-cycle. It is based on her poem, “Love, Thou Art High.”
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