A setting of poems by Apollinaire, Le Bestiare was written at the request of a talented soprano for her Senior Recital. She was a double major in music as well as French, so she wanted the text to be in that language. I had set some of the poetry of Apollinaire when I was a graduate student and I particularly love his collection of poems about animals. I chose Orphee, Le Cheval, and La Chèvre from Le Bestiare. The unusual instrumentation for soprano, horn, cello and piano was chosen at the request of the singer, who wanted to include some of her closest friends in her recital. The settings employ shifting modality and lyrical writing that underscores the neoclassical style of the poetry.
April 2003: Senior vocal recital at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.