Love’s Philosophy

Soprano and piano

Program notes:

The musical seed for “Love’s Philosophy” was a melodic fragment that held the devotion of a hymn. The fragment transforms throughout the piece and grows segments that bloom like flowers, but the music retains a strong sense of familiarity.

Text:

“Love’s Philosophy”
Percy B. Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?

Written for Elizabeth Vogel’s performance in the 2016 Conrad Art Song Competition.

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