New Music at Carnegie Hall: Carnegie Hall Commissions
Commission at a Glance
Three Roads
Michael Ward-Bergeman
Recorded on April 14, 2007
at Weill Recital Hall

Christina Courtin, Vocalist and Violin; Lance Suzuki, Flute; Kyle Sanna, Dobro; Benjamin Hochman, Piano; Nathan Farrington, Bass; Jeremy Flower, Laptop; Michael Ward-Bergeman, Hyper-Accordion


Notes on the Work

Three Roads is an exploration of three poems with which I have a profoundly deep and personal relationship. The first road is “La Verace Via” (“The True Path”) with text excerpts from Canto I of “Inferno,” from Dante’s Divine Comedy. The text is sung in the original Italian. The second road is “The Road Not Taken,” with a text excerpt from Robert Frost’s poem of the same title. The third road is “The Open Road,” with text excerpts from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road. I would like to thank David Akbari for his sound programming of the “selva oscura” in the first road. The work is dedicated to Sister’s Sneeze.