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YEATS SONGS (2007) 
five songs for voice and piano
poems by William Butler Yeats

premiere: March 20th, 2007 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City by
Adriana Zabala (mezzo-soprano) and Gregg Kallor

*premiere: April 28th, 2015 at SubCulture New York by Adriana Zabala (mezzo-soprano) and Gregg Kallor

**premiere: April 28th, 2015 at SubCulture New York by Matthew Worth (baritone) and Gregg Kallor

  1. Ribh In Ecstasy
  2. He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
  3. The Lady's First Song
  4. The Mermaid*
  5. A Coat
  6. When You Are Old**
  7. A Drunken Man's Praise of Sobriety

IF DICKINSON TASTED "A LIQUOR NEVER BREWED," William Butler Yeats was drinking from an altogether different vat. With sublime arrogance he rhapsodizes about the moment of creative inspiration in Ribh In Ecstasy. "Godhead on Godhead in sexual spasm begot Godhead" he cries at the climax of this orgiastic torrent. And then, as suddenly as it came, the moment has passed and we are left to bask in literary post-coital bliss. (His metaphor, not mine.)

Yeats' lilting rhythms and strong cadences - the very sounds of his words - are captivating, but it's the vulnerability in his poems that I find so moving. Amidst the stronger, more Bard-like poems are moments of great tenderness, like this one: "I have spread my dreams under your feet; / Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."