The Waking

(Theodore Roethke)

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: SATB

Duration: 5 minutes

Program Notes

The poet Charl Cilliers posted “The Waking” on Facebook and that happened to be the first thing I read upon waking that day. Not having been previously familiar with Roethke’s poetry, this happenstance sent me off on a research expedition – reading more of Roethke’s works, and then discovering more poems written by other modern poets using the villanelle form, a form which, with its repeating lines, seems particularly apt for music. This setting for SATB is intended to the first in a series.

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