Chris Meyer: Composer - Orchestrator - Arranger - Pianist

Nanaimo, B.C.

Sweetest Love

A tender and gentle work for Mezzo-soprano, string quartet and keyboard

The English poet John Donne (1572-1631) wrote a poem entitled Song perhaps as a farewell to his wife when he set out on a journey to Europe in 1611. Musically, I wished to focus on the tenderness of feeling of the poet for his wife. This is realized with long, expressive musical phrases and a pulsing, mostly harmonious accompaniment. As the poet explores other feelings that wax closer to loneliness, despair, and powerlessness, I indulge musical caprices that follow this emotional course, allowing the musical language to grow more dramatic and intense. Eventually the poet consoles himself with a theme of sleep and the music likewise ebbs and draws to a close.

Duration:7:50 min.
Instrumentation: mezzo-soprano, string quartet and keyboard
Composition Date:January 2012

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