This is from my partial premier of my song cycle. Let me know what you think.
Soprano: Justine Halamicek
Pianist: Valeria Diaz
Render Cycle is a ten movement song cycle set to the poems of Rebecca Gayle Howell; a local poet who wrote Render /An Apocalypse, which was selected by Nick Flynn for the 2012 Cleveland State University Poetry Center's First Book Prize and is a finalist for ForeWord Review's 2013 Book of the Year. The poems are a collection of 'how to' poems for subsistence farming life. The poems and music depict farming life, not in a pastoral way, but in a reflective and often harsh light. Much like subsistence farming itself, the music has utilizes very little material with no ornamentation or unnecessary additions.
For the Partial Premiere only two movements were performed:
How to Wake
How to Kill a Hen