Recording coming July 2021. In the meantime, listen to a MIDI realization below.
voice (low, medium, and high keys available) and piano
5 1/2 minutes
Music by Lisa Neher
Poem by Geoffrey Bache Smith
Low Key: E2-D4 (bass) or E3-D5 (contralto)
Medium Key: A2-G4 (baritone) or A3-G5 (mezzo)
High Key: B2-A4 (tenor) or B3-A5 (soprano)
Additional Transpositions available by request.
Preview the score (low key)
Contact Lisa to preview the high or medium keys or to request a specific transposition
By Candlelight was written for bass Ian Schipper and pianist Elizabeth Caswell for Cascadia Composers' 2021 In Good Hands concert. The poem by Geoffrey Bache Smith was selected by Schipper. Smith was a contemporary of J.R.R. Tolkien (one of my favorite authors), and his poem Rime evokes a fantastical mood and conveys an epic scope similar to Tolkien's writings. The exciting, adventurous imagery set my imagination ablaze and inspired me to write sweeping, cinematic gestures in the piano and heroic lines
for the singer.