Text by Stephen Crane
premiered November 5, 6, 7, 2010
Robert Geary, conductor
Oakland, Mill Valley, San Francisco, California
Delusional Paths is a setting of five Stephen Crane poems concerned with paths and destinations. Here paths taken lead to unexpected places. Carefully considered goals prove to be illusive, unattainable, or not what they seemed. Expectations of preconceived outcomes prove futile ("I saw a man"), naively optimistic ("A learned man"), foolhardy ("There was set before me a mighty hill"), or at best unrealistic ("The wayfarer"). In "Once, I knew a fine song" the path is narrative rather than literal; it starts out telling a story with some clarity, and then morphs into the chaos of a dissolving dream. Crane addresses our common delusions with the warmth of shared experience and with humor. I have tried to capture his tone in these settings..
"You lie," he cried,
- Stephen Crane
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