The Rhodora for Soprano and Piano
Beginning in a tumultuous fashion, the music of The Rhodora captures the mood and pace of the poem. The use of the overtone scale, and lydian and mixolydian modes gives the piece an air of nostalgia, while the recurring ostinato drives the music ever-forward. Text-painting is used in this piece, with the “sea-winds” being characterized by the opening ostinato, while the “red-bird” is represented by a lilting dotted figure. Though the soprano is central to this piece, my intention was to create music for the piano that was not mere accompaniment, but rather, would capture the energy and excitement found in the Emerson poem.