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A PRAYER (2016) 
for voice and piano
poem by Clementine Von Radics

premiere: May 25th, 2016 at Carnegie Hall, NYC by Melody Moore (soprano) and Robert Mollicone (piano)

I'm so honored that Melody Moore asked me to compose a song for her Carnegie Hall debut, and I'm grateful to her for introducing me to Clementine Von Radics' writing. This poem, A Prayer, gave me chills the first time I read it - and every time since. Ditto: Melody's singing. I wanted to write something that would let the fragile tenderness of the poem do the talking, and give Melody room to do what she does so, so beautifully.