Phoenix

(1993)

"Phoenix" is a setting of "Metric Figure" by William Carlos Williams. The score is inscribed "Consecration of the House -- To E.A. from E.F." It was written for friends (Evelyn and Arthur Krosnick) who had rebuilt their one-of-a-kind house after it burned down. E.F. represents the composer and his wife Elsbeth.

The setting is for high voice and piano.

Publisher: Parga Music, contact miriamlewin at lavinegroup dot com

Phoenix (Metric Figure)
by William Carlos Williams


There is a bird in the poplars—\t
It is the sun!\t
The leaves are little yellow fish\t
Swimming in the river;\t
The bird skims above them—\t
Day is on his wings.\t
Phoenix!\t
It is he that is making\t
The great gleam among the poplars.\t
It is his singing
Outshines the noise\t
Of leaves clashing in the wind.


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