by George Peele (1558-1598)
Hot sun, cool fire, tempered with sweet air,
Black shade, fair nurse, shadow my white hair.
Shine, sun; burn, fire; breathe, air, and ease me;
Black shade, fair nurse, shroud me and please me;
Shadow, my sweet nurse, keep me from burning,
Make not my glad cause cause of mourning.
Let not my beauty's fire
Inflame unstaid desire,
Nor pierce any bright eye
That wand'reth lightly.
Well, "A Year of Song" is all about trying new things. Here is an audio piece that I put together with SoundForge and Audacity. It is my reading of George Peele's "Bathsheba's Song" with musical fragments that I composed and put together to make a poetic/musical collage.
Update: "Bathsheba's Song" will make its concert premiere at the High Voltage concert at the School of Music Recital Hall at Louisiana State University on Monday, April 30, 2012.