A Scenario in My Head (2020)

For unaccompanied soprano
Texts: 30 tweets by Danielle Weisberg
Duration: 12 minutes
Commissioned by Gerald Appelstein

World premiere: May 23, 2021
Soapbox Gallery (livestream)
Zen Wu, soprano

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Program note: I came to know soprano Zen Wu by way of social media, especially through her lively presence on Twitter. So when we decided to work together on a new piece, I thought it would be fun to look to Twitter for fitting texts. My first choice was to mine the tweets of Danielle Weisberg, a writer and comedian who has written an episode of The Simpsons. Her humor and sensibilities resonate well with mine, and I also thought it would be an interesting fit for Zen as a performer. Combing through over a year of Danielle’s tweets was certainly one of the more entertaining text selection processes I’ve endured, and I eventually winnowed it down to thirty, some of which make for musical miniatures only a few seconds long.