Symphony No. 2 "Crime in the House of Names" (2008)
For orchestra and mezzo-soprano solo
I. On the last night, there were vultures in the air and wolves outside the door; with arms raised and throats wide, a cry went up to heaven.
II. The mirrors reflected the play, and the joy.
III. Sparkling fools, they were aglitter and aflame.
IV. Alone, but not afraid, it was the clocks that sang the world to sleep.
Text by Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated and freely adapted for music by the composer
Lord, it is time.
The huge summer has gone by.
Now lay thy shadows on the sundials
And on the meadows let the wind go free.
Command the fruits to swell on tree and vine;
Grant them these more warm transparent days,
Urge them on to fullness then,
And press the final sweetness into heavy wine.
Whoever has no home now, will never have one.
Whoever is alone will stay alone, will sit, read,
Write long letters through the evening
And wander boulevards, up and down,
Restlessly, while the dry leaves blow.
Live recording, November 2008
Eugene Contemporary Chamber Orchestra;
Scott Ordway, conductor; Jill Windes, mezzo-soprano