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There Will Be Rest utilizes a Sara Teasdale poem of the same name, which dwells on the relief of rest after stressful times. Anyone familiar with Teasdale’s work is aware of the immense personal struggles she dealt with throughout her life, and the poem touches on the speaker’s longing desire for a relieving and even joyful rest after some type of struggle. I crafted the piece to embody this sense of a peaceful rest, while also making some intentional compositional choices to reflect hints of inner turmoil or struggle. Overall, it is my hope that the piece shines a light on the beautiful poetry of Teasdale, and her lyrical ability to portray the human experience. The video is a live performance of the piece on April 8th, 2021.
Tenor- Ethan Murphey
Piano- Benjamin Carter