Absence (2014)

song for soprano and piano | poem by Yiannis Ritsos (1909-90)
written for The Ritsos Project 2014

Absence
The setting sun is a red lion.
Smell of sun and burned horsehair.
A rose girl at the door.
A yellow girl under the trees.
A blue girl on the mountain. Nothing.
Broad, inexplicable, immaculate absence.
The sky lifts high the girls, the houses, the statues.

Duration: 4 minutes

Premiere: Athens, Greece — The Megaron Performing Arts Center with Sophie Burgos, soprano and the composer at the piano — July 2014
Subsequent performances: Karlovassi, Samos, Greece — Sophie Burgos, soprano and the composer at the piano — July 2014
Rochester, NY — Kilbourn Hall with Paulina Swierczek, soprano and the composer at the piano — October 2014