They can’t all be good. We learned that last week. This week, we learned that any progress is worth more than none. This is a melody for A. E. Housman’s “Eight O’Clock” which I once tried to set during my undergrad. Don’t know why I abandoned it but I did. I have vague recollections of the melody I once wrote. This isn’t it. This is new. I have every intention of making a completed setting of this poem. Next week I’m also up against a grant narrative and my annual “justify my existence/please don’t fire me” report.
At any rate, this is new vocal music. As promised. The melody is the bottom 3 lines, set for tenor. My goals were to trust myself to write more leaps for the singer. Mission accomplished. The other stuff on the page (q=108) is part of a piece for natural horn and live electronics called “Golfballs the Size of Hail.”