ENS.2016.1 | 9′
Poems from Edward FitzGerald’s translation of Omar Khayyam
Voice & Piano
Part 1 (from the Fifth Edition)
Part 2 (from the First Edition)
I wanted to write a song cycle like minimalist Webern: musical Cornell boxes, stripped of excess but decorative and intricately worked. Selections from Edward FitzGeraldâ€™s famous translations of Omar Khayyamâ€™s Rubaiyat were chosen for their brevity and rhythm and placed alongside or in opposition to a procession of small musical ideas. There are two parts corresponding to the fifth and first editions of FitzGerald, each comprising seven songs.