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I wake and feel the fell of dark not day

Jackie Stevens, Soprano
Junyoung Kwak, Piano
"I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day" is a piece for solo soprano and piano accompaniment set to the text by Gerard Manley Hopkins' sonnet of the same name. I express the bitterness and emptiness expressed in Hopkins' poem of a man without God. Though the music was not influenced by the sonnet form of the poem, I used the poem's tone and imagery to dictate the overall structure and direction. The topic of the poem and the tone also helped shaped the harmonic language of the piece as well. I left enough room in the piece to allow both the pianist and soprano room to really interpret the piece and the poem in their own way without compromising what I wished to say in the music.

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