My Grandmother’s Love Letters (2010)

for Voice and Piano

Text by Hart Crane

Performed by Wonjung Kim, soprano

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Duration: 4 min.

Premiere: Performed by Wonjung Kim at her DMA Voice Recital at Stony Brook University on April 6th, 2011. (Piano: Karl Hinze)

“My Grandmother’s Love Letters” (2010) is a setting for mezzo-soprano and piano of a poem by the American poet Hart Crane. Marrying contemporary art song with pop vocal turns, the song renders the opaque expressions of the protagonist’s reminiscing amidst shimmering piano sonorities.