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Will We Stay - song cycle for soprano, clarinet, and piano, by Todd Goodman
ABOUT THE WORK:
SCORED FOR: soprano, clarinet in Bb, and piano. TOTAL TIME: [11:00]
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TEXT OF THE WORK: from James Joyce’s Chamber Music (1918)
I. All day I hear the noise; Of waters making moan. Sad as the seabird is; When going forth alone. He hears the wind cry; To the waters monotone. The gray winds, the cold winds; Are blowing where I go. I hear the noise; Of many waters far below. All day, all night, I hear them; Flowing to and fro.
II. This heart that flutters near my heart.; My hope and all my riches is; Unhappy when we draw apart; And happy between kiss and kiss; My hope and all my riches - yes! -; and all my happiness.
For there, as in some mossy nest; The wrens that divers treasures keep; I laid those treasures I possessed; Ere that mine eyes had learned to weep. Shall we not be as wise as they; Though love live but a day?
III. O cool is the valley now; And there, love, will we go; For many a choir is singing now; Where love did sometimes go. And hear you not the thrushes calling; Calling us away. O cool and pleasant is the valley; And there, love, will we stay.
NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER:
When starting to work on this cycle, the ideas of the natural progression of one’s life became to evolve into the foundation of this piece. When choosing the text, my eyes automatically focused on Joyce’s Chamber Music—when I looked inside, there lay the perfect words. Poems about love, hate, people, relationships; it all was all contained within a few short lines. I tried to make my interpretation of these poems sound like life itself, the struggle between friendships and relationships and mostly the struggle within oneself.
Todd Goodman’s Will We Stay was written for soprano Sarah Davis.