Pido Silencio (2004)

For soprano, clarinet, and strings, 15′
Written for sopranist Zachary Gordin
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David Milnes, conductor; Zachary Gordin, sopranist; Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players

About the Music
I wrote Pido Silencio for singer Zachary Gordin, who in 2004 was a sopranist, meaning a male singer who performs in an extraordinarily high range. The piece may also be performed by female sopranos. Its text, by Pablo Neruda, begins as a declaration of love and ends as metaphysical self-reflection. The delicacy of the texture and harmony in the piece is my take on the poignancy of Neruda’s words.

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