New Music at Carnegie Hall: Carnegie Hall Commissions
Commission at a Glance
♀ Confessions
Clarice Assad
Recorded on April 15, 2007
at Weill Recital Hall

Emily Albrink, Soprano; Benjamin Hochman, Piano; Keats Dieffenbach, Violin; Claire Bryant, Cello


Notes on the Work

This song cycle is a crossover project between cabaret and musical theater with hints of jazz and South American elements. The songs deal with issues experienced by many women in modern society. Rooted in the extremes, the songs depict a character who exposes her deepest, most hidden emotions and feelings to the world, mostly in a comedic way.

The first song, “Turn Back the Clock,” with a text by Catherine Maxymuk, is a funny yet frustrated reaction to the idea that women should look perfect, young, and thin at all costs. The second song, “What Will They Think?,” written in the French Impressionist style with a text by Naomi Major, deals with deep insecurity; it includes a dream sequence in which the character fantasizes she is someone else but awakens to the reality of her world. The last song, "Fixation," with a text by Alissa McLaughlan, is a comical account of guilty pleasures and lack of self-control.