Roses Only (2021) - for SSAATTBB a capella - (5:00)
Comissioned by C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective
Please contact Alexis for pricing and performance details.
My initial appreciation for Marianne Moore’s poem, “Roses Only,” was fixed on the line, “your thorns are the best part of you.” However, as I digested the text over time, I came to recognize a parallel between her words and my experience of writing a piece that can be performed both virtually and in-person. Roses are always recognized for the obvious visual beauty of their petals, but the thorns offer so much value and beauty in their own right. In working with C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, I have benefitted from a similar, elevated appreciation for the alternate approaches to creating music for virtual mediums that I wouldn’t have necessarily had before.