Sara Kirkland Snider ~ Composer of Music

Voice with Chamber Ensemble


(2006) Duration: 4′.  Words by Ivanna Yi

Song for soprano and two violas (a 2015 revision/arrangement also exists for soprano, violin, and cello.) LIVE recording March 26, 2006, by Abigail Haynes, soprano; Anna Pelczer, viola; and Margaret Carey, viola, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Commissioned by: Yale New Vocal Works
World Premiere: February 20, 2006 by Mellissa Hughes, Margaret Carey, and Matthew Barnson at New Music New Haven, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Program Note:

Chrysalis sets the eponymous poem by the young poet, Ivanna Yi, whom I met in an art-songwriting course at Yale. The course paired composers with poets to create contemporary art songs. Ivanna’s deceptively simple, lyrical poetry was a revelation to me.

The poem I have not written
comes to me in my sleep,
a woman dressed in white.
I have been waiting for you,
I tell her. After all this time,
why are you still unwritten?Without shame she slips out of her dress.
I tried to become a poem, she says,
until I became human.

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