As I stopped to take a breather between larger works, I found that it's been a long time since I wrote any art song. From my earliest attempts at composing to where I am now, art song has always been central. So, in an effort to keep the creative fires burning—or, at least, smoldering—I decided to experiment a little.
Working on a song cycle, setting a poem by Byron wondering how much, if at all to preserve the rhyme. When reading the poem, it's very obvious, but when set, how obvious should I be?
Here's a recording of me reading the poem.
Soliciting comments from both composers and interpreters of art song.