He fumbles at your Soul

$ 5

Soprano Voice and Piano – 3 1/2 min [completed 2009]

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Commissioned by Amanda Rohrs

Instrumentation: Sop Voice, Pno


He fumbles at your Soul
As Players at the Keys
Before they drop full Music on —
He stuns you by degrees —
Prepares your brittle Nature
For the Ethereal Blow
By fainter Hammers — further heard —
Then nearer — Then so slow
Your Breath has time to straighten —
Your Brain — to bubble Cool —
Deals — One — imperial — Thunderbolt —
That scalps your naked Soul —

When Winds take Forests in the Paws —
The Universe — is still —

–Emily Dickinson

Recording of premiere: February 16, 2009, Amanda Rohrs (soprano) and Emily Taslim (piano)