From the Land of the Farther Suns

ENS.2008.8r | 6.9.08-6.10.08 | 7’
2 Sopranos, Alto

Midi Rendition of “From the Land of the Farther Suns”

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FROM THE LAND OF THE FARTHER SUNS
Poems by Stephen Crane from “The Black Riders and Other Lines”

  1. IV. Yes, I have a thousand tongues…
  2. XXIV. I saw a man pursuing the horizon…
  3. XXVI. There was set before me a mighty hill…
  4. XLII. I walked in a desert…
  5. XXIX. Behold, from the land of the farther suns I returned…
  6. LXVII. God lay dead in heaven…

I have always loved the female vocal trio of two sopranos and alto as popularized by Trio Medieval, and one day I accidentally wrote this piece. Actually it took two days, and another six years before it was satisfactorily revised for performance, but what’s a day, or a year, when in the end we shall all face the jaws of the final beast.

From the Land of the Farther Suns sets six poems by Stephen Crane from his famous collection The Black Riders and Other Lines into a continuous symmetrical form. For seven minutes dark harmonies separate and converge from a common note or chord or outline jagged rhythmic patterns. This piece was written in 2008 and revised in 2009 and 2014.