Time Is Not An Option (2010)


with poetry by Elis­a­beth Frost
for soprano and piano
about 8”00

Pre­miere at Ford­ham Uni­ver­sity Lin­coln Cen­ter Cam­pus
New York City
April 24, 2010

Founded in 1992, Ford­ham University’s Poets Out Loud is charged with the mis­sion “…to bring a pub­lic audi­ence to Fordham‚‘s Lin­coln Cen­ter cam­pus and to fos­ter the appre­ci­a­tion, cre­ation, and study of poetry both within the Uni­ver­sity and in the wider NYC community.”

In Fall 2009, Poets Out Loud put out a call for scores for com­posers inter­ested in col­lab­o­rat­ing with the poets of their orga­ni­za­tion. I was delighted to be awarded a com­mis­sion for this project, and I was paired with poet Elis­a­beth Frost. I selected three of her poems and com­posed a cycle called “Time is Not an Option.”

The pre­miere was pre­sented by Bard Col­lege per­form­ers, soprano Clarissa Lyons with Shun-Yang Lee on piano. The esteemed musi­col­o­gist Lawrence Kramer was the ref­eree of the com­mis­sion.

Here is a per­for­mance by Sofia Dim­itrova, soprano, and Cather­ine Miller, piano. This was part of an out­reach con­cert at Stuyvesant High School spon­sored by the New York Com­posers Cir­cle, held in Octo­ber, 2011.

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