The Ten-Year-Old World

ENS.2014.2 | 9.16.14-10.12.14, 11.2016 | 11’
Soprano, Contrabass

Midi Rendition of 1. He Marries the Stuffed-Owl Exhibit
Midi Rendition of 2. When the World Was Ten Years Old

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THE TEN-YEAR-OLD WORLD

The Ten-Year-Old-World sets two poems by Patricia Lockwood, a young poet best known for her astonishing Rape Joke. However setting that famous work seemed both impossible and foolhardy, so instead I chose to set two contrasting texts: He Marries the Stuffed-Owl Exhibit is a brutally sad lyric clothed in tattered wonder, while its companion When the World Was Ten Years Old wears its wonder more lightly, though looking forward toward a darkness mirrored in the instrumentation of soprano and contrabass. The Ten-Year-Old World was composed in 2014, rewritten in 2016, and lasts about eleven minutes.