poetry by Cole Swensen excerpted from Oh • performed by Jill Morgan Brenner, soprano and Paul Dab, piano
Oh: An Introduction was commissioned by Jill Morgan Brenner as a part “I Sing Words: The Poetry Project,” an annual series to further vocal repertoire through commissioning new works, continue the tradition of art song, and provide accessible new music to future performers and audiences.
The piece was composed in close collaboration with Brenner, who performed the work in February 2017. I was also fortunate to be in close contact with the poet, Cole Swensen during my pre-compositional process. Her insights were invaluable as I planned the materials and structure that would make up the piece.