Instrumentation: Soprano (voice), Piano
Duration: 10:00
Premiered at the University of Alberta in 2002

Program Notes

This is one of my first vocal pieces, a song cycle that I wrote for my sister Zohreh based on texts written by a colleague of mine, Emma Hooper. This was an early piece and in many ways an exploration of what I saw as the possibilities of the artsong genre. Throughout it is energetic and restless, and l think it is the first piece I wrote that was well balanced and musically coherent. As such, this is the piece I would consider my opus 1.