The Relaxed Abalone

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This is the first in my series of what I’m calling “Art Songs”. ┬áTaking a cue from Charles Ives, these are piano and vocal pieces, the text being various pieces of poetry set to music. ┬áThe text for this piece is an example of “found” poetry which poet Rosemary Waldrop came across in The Joy of Cooking and arranged as verse:

Abalone, like inkfish,
needs prodigious pounding
if it has died in a state
of tension.

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