Chance Awakenings


Chance Awakenings is a song cycle by David Leisner for soprano and piano.

"Commissioned for the year-long musical celebration of poet William Meredith's 85th birthday, these 3 songs set texts by Meredith and his life partner, Richard Harteis. The outer two Meredith songs present simple musical materials that become rhythmically and texturally complex with layering, while the middle Harteis song evokes a scene of a lazy afternoon nap which provides relief to a stressful time."


1. A Major Work | Text: William Meredith
2. Architecture of an Afternoon Nap | Text: Richard Harteis
3. The Fear of Beasts | Text: William Meredith

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