Keith Allegretti 

composer

 

Six Dream Songs

for Soprano, Harp, and Double Bass (2010)

 
 

I. You and I Shall Go

IV. Dandelion Puffs

II. Minnow and Flowers

V. There Above/
VI. Strange Flowers

III. Sleep

Text

Six Dream Songs
Traditional Wintu

I.
you and I shall go above
above
you and I shall go
along the Milky Way
along the trail of flowers
you and I shall go
picking flowers on our way
you and I shall go
 
II.
flowers droop
flowers rise back up
above
the place where the minnow sleeps
while her fins move slowly
back and forward
forward and back
 
III.
where will you and I sleep?
at the down-turned jagged rim of the sky
you and I will sleep

IV.
the spirits of people will rise
above
swaying like women while men dance
swaying with dandelion puffs in their hands
 
V.
there above
at the earth lodge of the south
spirits are wafted along the roof and
fall
flowers bend heavily on their stems
 
VI.
above
in the west, in the flat of the flowers
strange flowers bloom
flowers with crests
bending to the east

Duration: ca. 10 minutes

 

Performance History

October 28, 2011
Houston, Texas
Sara Lemesh, soprano; Aleks Savitski, piano

March 14, 2010
Houston, Texas
Sara Lemesh, soprano; Emily Klein, harp;
Malachi Bandy, double bass