YOU PUT APPLES TO YOUR LIPS

SSATBB with soprano and tenor divisi (2009)


Wonderful love poems are truly hard to come by. Jane Hirshfield’s “for a wedding on mount Tamalpais” is such a poem. It perfectly captures the rightness, ease and necessity of gentle and unconditional love, without denying its innate sensuality. The music’s extended triadic harmonic language seeks to portray this expansive and encompassing sweetness.


You Put Apples to Your Lips is the opening movement of the song cycle Summer Fruits. The complete cycle is:


You Put Apples to Your Lips

Speed and Perfection

Music Like Water


The audio sample is from the premier performance by New Century Voices.


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