Meacham Songs (2012)
The End (2012), an optional appendix to Meacham Songs

For soprano voice and piano
Texts by Molly Meacham
Duration: 12 minutes (Meacham Songs), 3 minutes (The End)

World premiere of Meacham Songs: April 25, 2012
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York
Mary Mackenzie, soprano; Jonathan Howard Katz, piano

World premiere of The End: November 11, 2014
Elebash Recital Hall, New York
Mary Mackenzie, soprano; Jonathan Howard Katz, piano

This work is available for retail purchase from Theodore Front Musical Literature.
This work is available for institutional purchase from Harrassowitz (OttoEditions) and Theodore Front Musical Literature.

Program note: I met Molly Meacham, a poet and public school teacher, at a mutual friend’s Thanksgiving dinner one year in Chicago. When I began to read her poems I felt an instant artistic connection, and I quickly started a conversation about setting some of her work. “Daphne Prayer” invokes the Greek nymph but probes her motivation and internal dialogue in an original way; “Likeness” takes a carnivorous approach to a famous Wallace Stevens quote; and “Advice to My Father from Harry Houdini” is simultaneously complex, funny, and touching. After premiering these three songs as a cycle, I added “The End” as an appendix. It’s a powerful poem but relentlessly bleak, and because it changes the affect of the set so dramatically I felt it could work either as an optional fourth song or on its own.