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program notes
1. Quiet but still there
2. More beautiful in adversity
3. Exert more power
The title of this piece, 'spes', means 'hope' in Latin. This work is composed of a poem by Emily Dickinson's 'Hope is the things with feathers’. I reimagined each stanza of the poem into each movement. Each portrays different situations or emotional states ranging from calm to bright. All three movements are constructed around controlling pitch center and harmonic structure. The lyrics were written in a mixture of English and IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) according to the appropriate context. Sometimes vowels and consonants reemerge throughout the composition at random.
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