sometimes he contemplates adultery


"sometimes he contemplates adultery" is the sixth song of David Leisner's song cycle Fidelity.

This cycle was originally written for tenor, baritone and piano, but the tenor part may also be sung by a soprano.


The audio selection in the player to the right features Nina Faia, soprano, Anthony Zoeller, baritone, and Terry Decima, piano. The recording is from a live performance in Boston, 1998. Used with the permission of the composer. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

sometimes he contemplates adultery
from "Five Accounts of a Monogamous Man”
by William Meredith

I had no insanity to excuse this,
But for a week my heart ran with another love,
Imagined another house, down to its books and bed.
My miserable fluttered heart, you understand, chose this.
Now I am led home--cold, grave,
Contractual as a dog--by my scurrilous head.

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