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I decided to play with the theme in A lover’s journey. I created four pieces beginning with the poem ‘Simples’ by James Joyce. Set in a moonlit garden, the lover is bedazzled by a young woman, his “bella bionda.” The lover repeats these words to himself over and over again, silently summoning her. The second, quiet piece Good morrow! ’Tis Saint Valentine’s Day takes place at sunrise. In it the lovers meet and undo each other. The third piece is a brief, insistent rhythmic outcry, setting words from The Taming of the Shrew ‘Will you, nill you, I will marry you.’ And finally, Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day completes the lover’s Journey.
from notes by Libby Larsen © 2001