ensemble mezzo-soprano, viola, horn, and piano
duration 7 minutes
written winter 2015
written for Jennifer Johnson Cano
commissioned by Tertulia NYC
premièred March 30, 2015, Harding’s, New York, NY
published by Andres & Sons Bakery
Schubertiana is a nocturne written for a suitably dark-hued palette: mezzo-soprano, viola, french horn, and piano. I use the first part of Tomas Tranströmer’s five-section poem, each a moment of clarity elicited by Schubert’s music—“the blind bannister that finds its way in the darkness”.
The piece’s material doesn’t refer explicitly to Schubert, though it does root itself in one of his characteristic keys—B flat major—and build upwards in polytonal layers with each additional thought.
recorded live at Harding’s, New York City, March 2015
performers Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Cano, piano; Mark Holloway, viola; Eric Reed, horn;