New Music at Carnegie Hall: Carnegie Hall Commissions
Commission at a Glance
Blush
Anna Clyne
Recorded on April 14, 2007
at Weill Recital Hall


Kyle Ferrill, Baritone; Lance Suzuki, Flute; Carol McGonnell, Clarinet; Adam Krauthamer, Horn; Javier Diaz, Percussion; Benjamin Hochman, Piano; Kyle Sanna, Electric Guitar; Nadia Sirota, Viola; Claire Bryant, Cello; Nathan Farrington, Bass; Jeremy Flower, Laptop

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Notes on the Work

Blush is a setting of an evocative text written by Julio Monterrey. Narrating the tormented mind of a wandering lone gypsy, the story depicts a maze of thoughts engulfed by one lingering emotion—an abyss of love and pain. This spiraling world is translated into a sonic environment of low instruments with baritone and live electronic processing. Blush was specifically composed for baritone Kyle Ferrill. Through the first workshop at Bard College Conservatory, a relay of conversations, e-mails, PDFs, MP3s, and singing over the telephone between Georgia and New York, characteristics unique to Kyle’s voice were subsequently woven into the final version of the work. Such a collaborative process has been inspiring and a wonderful learning experience for me as a composer. Working on Blush has also provided an opportunity to explore the possibilities of live electronics as a dynamic instrument within a chamber ensemble.