my shadow and my self

scene for baritone and piano
February 2013; 7′

Premiere: Robert Rice & William Vann, Late Music Concert Series, 6th April 2013.

A setting of the third and final part of ‘Winter’ by Ursula Vaughan Williams, from her 1948 collection, Need for Speech. The title comes from the end of the preceding, second part of ‘Winter’. To me, the third part of the poem is full of revealing contradictions, absurd hyperboles, and burning questions. There is a lot of ‘you’ in the poem.