Just Out of Reach Suite

Just Out of Reach Suite

Three excerpts from Just Out of Reach (“Metamorphosis”, “Berceuse for Benjamin”, and “Love Duet”) arranged for soprano, tenor, flute, and piano.

“The audience pick of a very strong program.”Robert Frankenberry

Category:  art song

Instrumentation:  soprano, tenor, flute, and piano

Status:  available

Duration:  12m

Completed:  April 2011

World Premiere:  April 29, 2011
Chrysalis Duo: Phoenix Concerts

Upcoming Performances:  n/a

Other Notable Performances:
  • 2011/04/29 
  • 2014/02/09  Chrysalis @ Kanawha Forum
  • Chrysalis Duo

    Commission:  arrangement commissioned by Chrysalis Duo

    Dedication:  n/a

    Additional Credits:  n/a

    Recordings:  n/a

    Reviews:  n/a

    Texts
    • Love Duet

      text by Kevin Noe and Kieren MacMillan

      inspired by Dana Gioia (after Rainer Maria Rilke)

      How can I lift up your soul and mine,
      When all I catch sight of is you?
      How can two strings, when their voices combine,
      Sing with one timbre so true?
      Wish as I might, ’t’would be endless night
      To live, without you, incomplete.
      Apart or together, your heart is a tether
      Too sweet.

      How can I touch what my hand passes through?
      Tasting would surely mean death.
      Slowly this river turns green eyes blue,
      Leaving just words on my breath.
      Would Love be found or my hopes be drowned
      In a pool where our lips fin’ly meet?
      Apart or together, your heart is a tether
      Too sweet.

      I’ve lost myself in a quiet place,
      The songs I would sing, they’re too black.
      Eros has given Love only one face—
      Now even my mirror looks back.
      To die, to sleep, is a gift some desire—
      A silence where dreams may come true.
      But the arrows of fire that prick like thick brier
      Remind me my true home is you.

      How can I lift up your soul and mine,
      When all I catch sight of is you?
      I’m drunk on the wine of the fruits of your vine!
      Farewell to the life that I knew.
      Now, right or wrong, we can sing but one song:
      Your echoes I softly repeat.
      Apart or together, your heart is a tether
      Too sweet.