program notes
1. Quiet but still there
2. More beautiful in adversity
3. Exert more power
The title of this piece, 'spes', meaning 'hope' in Latin, is composed of a poem by Emily Dickinson's 'Hope is the things with feathers’. I made each stanza of the poem into each movement. Each portrays a different situation 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. And sometimes vowels and consonants are repeated randomly.