“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.”
A challenging work for chamber choir.
This setting of Coleridge’s famous poem “Kubla Khan” is packed with powerful fifth-based harmonies, clusters, augmented triads, and colorful word painting. The music, like the poem, is in two parts – the first is an exhibition of the poem’s fantastical world, and the second is a reflection of that world and an exploration of the clarity and yet transience of dreams and artistic visions.
Honorable Mention for American Prize Choral Professional Division 2015