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justinmerritt steps into stillness for baritone & piano


Whispered in the Afternoon Autumn sun, thin and pale, And fruit falls from the trees. Silence lives in the blue Of a long afternoon. Dying sounds of metal; And a white animal falls dead. Crude songs of brown girls Blown in the drifting leaves. Mind of God colors dreams, Feels madness’ gentle wings. Shadows swirl around the hill Of blackening decay. Twilight of rest and wine. Sad guitars drizzle night And to the mellow lamp inside You turn as in a dream.

Rondeau Passing is the gold of the day, The evening’s browns and blues: The shepherd’s gentle flute has died The evening’s blues and browns: Passing is the gold of the day.

Closing Chord The last, pale light went from the day, The early passions have rustled down, The holy wine of my joys spilled Now my heart weeps in the night and listens After the echo of its young celebrations, Which trails off so placidly in the dark, So shadowy, like wilted leaves falling On an abandoned grave in autumn night. -Georg Trakl trans. Lawrence Lacing

In Winter When the snow falls against the window, Long sounds the evening bells, The table is set for many And the house is well prepared. Some on the journey Come to the gate on dark paths. Golden is the tree of grace Flowering from the earth’s cool sap.

commissioned by Chia-wei Lee

The wanderer steps into stillness: Anguish wears the threshold down to stone. But in the pure, shimmering light On the table are bread and wine.

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justinmerrit

“Several times I wrote "Wow!" next to a work being played...” -Peter Jacobi, Herald Times

In 2000 composer Justin Merritt (bn. 1975)   was the youngest-ever winner of the ASCAP Foundation/Rudolph Nissim Award for Janus Mask. He is also the winner of a host of other awards including the 2008-09 Copland Award, the 2008 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Prize for River of Blood, and the 2006 Polyphonos Prize

He received his Bachelors from Trinity University   and his Masters and Doctorate from “…demands Indiana University.  an audience's He studied attention… composition with Merritt's Samuel Adler, Svenpiece was the David Sandström, standout.” Claude B a k e r, -Rob Timothy Kramer, Don Hubbard, Freund, and Pioneer Press electronic and computer music with Jeffrey Hass. He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at St. Olaf College. He resides in Northfield, Minnesota with his wife Yuedong and their children Cullen Fang Ouxiang and Molly Fang Qinghe.

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Dur: ca. 7 min.

for Chia-wei Lee

Steps Into Stillness for baritone & piano

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