Four Songs After Rexroth for Mezzo-Soprano, Harp, Piano and Percussion by Jan Krzywicki. Score and Parts. (OVERSIZE)
For Mezzo-soprano voice solo, Harp, Piano, and Percussion. Composed by Jan Krzywicki. Kenneth Rexroth. Voice and piano. With Standard notation. 28 pages. Duration 19 minutes.
I. Star and Crescent, II. A Ringing Bell, III. Deep Night, IV. The Fall of Ch'ou
Four Songs after Rexroth is a night cycle of poems and Chinese translations by Kenneth Rexroth that were chosen so that they might present a liner, nocturnal musical experience. The first song begins in the aura of twilight, before proceeding in the next two songs into a night of innermost thoughts and remembrances. In the last song, at dawn, transfiguration and transcendence is attained. The musical settings seek to evoke the beauty, mystery, anxiety, and sadness of the texts; this leads, in the third song - the emotional crux of the cycle - to the abandonment of conventional text declamation in favor of a non-verbal expression.