Mangetsu - soprano & violin (13')
Poetry by Izumi Shikibu, William Butler Yeats
Premiere: UMBC, Susan Botti (sop) and Airi Yoshioka (vln)
Baltimore, MD (April, 2016)
Commissioned by Airi Yoshioka and UMBC
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Mangetsu ("Full Moon") is an abstract exploration of poetry relating to the moon - and the otherworldliness of childhood.
(I) from the Diary of Izumi Shikibu (10-11c)
(Y) from The Stolen Child (William Butler Yeats)
(S-E) from Le Petit Prince (Antoine de St.-Exupéry)
(I) From darkness
I go onto the road
Moon, shine on me from far
over the mountain edge.
(Y) Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim grey sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances,
Mingling hands and mingling glances,
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And is anxious in its sleep. Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you
(I) You told me it was
because of me
you gazed at the moon.
I've come to see
if this is true.
(S-E) Mais les yeux sont aveugles.
Il faut chercher avec le coeur*.
*Translation: But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart (S-E)