Martin Bresnick

Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
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Martin Bresnick's Falling (1993-94) is a song cycle based on two poems of Kathryn Stripling Byers, "Snowbird" and "Lost Soul", and David Bottoms' longer three part poem "In a U-Haul North of Damascus". These three poems have been arranged to form a four movement narrative of conflict, separation, and the possibility of consolation and renewal.

High in the Georgia mountains, a woman reflects on the unkept promises of her lover. He has left her, heading south through the darkness. He pauses just north of Damascus at a truck stop and ruefully recalls 'the sins I have tried to leave behind me.' Later that night she imagines he may yet return, but knows better than to respond 'when the wind shakes the latch on my door like a summons.' In the following early morning, as 'light is falling through the windows of my half-empty house,' he asks 'is it possible to fall toward grace?'

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1993-94
Duration 00:20:00
Orchestration Solo mezzo-soprano voice; 2(dbl. A.Fl.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 - 2 2 2 0; Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Premiere 1994


I At midday
II Lord, what are the sins
III Wind shakes the latch
IV Now the sun

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