Crazy Jane Sings

(W.B. Yeats)

Year: 1999

Instrumentation: soprano, fl, vn, va, vc, pn

Duration: 25 minutes

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In my view, WB Yeats is the foremost musical voice in English poetry. His poems seem to cry out for music, they sing themselves. Over the years, I’ve set many of his poems, but the writing of this particular grouping was in my mind for many years before taking their current form. The story he tells in this series of poems was one that struck me deeply upon first read. Their extraordinary passion, the struggle they express between natural feeling and the imposition of social expectation, their subtle secret meanings of a veiled mind – these deserve special music. I only hope my effort has been up to the task.

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