ENS.2013.10 | 6′
Poem by Heather Christle
Soprano, Tuba, 2 Violins
This is my second Heather Christle setting, and like its predecessor The Grave Was Too Small So We Had To Take the Horse Out it features a soprano paired with the lyrical sounds of a violinâ€”two violins instead of two sopranos, this time. And I threw in a tuba too, because why not. (It can also be a bass.)
There are four songs, each using different combinations of the same simple musical material. I wanted the setting to be as straightforward and melodic as possible, allowing Christleâ€™s odd and magical poem to take center stage.
What Is Amazing was written on Boxing Day 2013 with pencil on paper in the old-fashioned way and lasts about six minutes.