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  • Four Poems by Vachel Lindsay (2015) soprano, flute + piano


    Vachel Lindsay (1879-1931) was briefly famous in the 1910’s as a traveling singing poet who would chant or sing his own poetry while wandering through the United States. Yet later in life he faded into obscurity, often bartering his pamphlet “Rhymes to Be Traded for Bread” in exchange for food. Lindsay eventually commit suicide by ingesting Lysol. This setting of four poems was commissioned by Carrie Zhang and her Classical Trio Impromptu for their performances in the Bing Music Series at Stanford Hospital.

    1. Unjust – videoNicholas_Vachel_Lindsay_1913

    “I am unjust, but I can strive for justice.
    My life’s unkind, but I can vote for kindness.
    I, the unloving, say life should be lovely.
    I, that am blind, cry out against my blindness.”

    2. A Sense of Humor – video

    “No man should stand before the moon
    To make sweet song thereon,
    With dandified importance,
    His sense of humor gone.

    Nay, let us don the motley cap,
    The jester’s chastened mien,
    If we would woo that looking-glass
    And see what should be seen.

    O mirror on fair Heaven’s wall,
    We find there what we bring.
    So, let us smile in honest part
    And deck our souls and sing.

    Yea, by the chastened jest alone
    Will ghosts and terrors pass,
    And fays, or suchlike friendly things,
    Throw kisses through the glass”

    3. The Little Turtle – video

    “There was a little turtle. He lived in a box. He swam in a puddle. He climbed on the rocks. He snapped at a mosquito. He snapped at a flea. He snapped at a minnow. And he snapped at me. He caught the mosquito. He caught the flea. He caught the minnow. But he didn’t catch me.”

    4. Rain – video

    “Each storm-soaked flower has a beautiful eye. And this is the voice of the stone-cold sky: ‘Only boys keep their cheeks dry. Only boys are afraid to cry. Men thank God for tears Alone with lost years.”


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  • Maple (2011) flute, viola + guitar

    “Maple” is directly influenced and inspired by Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag”. At first his influence is held back and made to keep its distance. Then in the second movement, there is endless and obsessive fascination with his brilliant small riffs and harmonies. Finally, the third movement all out steals.

    Joshua Romatowski, flute; Kristin Zimmerman, viola; Grant Ferris, guitar
    San Francisco, California on April 20, 2012


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