In Sleep The World Is Yours

Song cycle: Lullaby, Yes, Tragedy.

Poems by Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger (1924-1942). Translated from the German by Jerry Glenn and Florian Birkmayer, with Helene Silverblatt and Irene Silverblatt.

2013 | soprano/oboe/piano.

2023 | soprano/clarinet/piano.

2025 | soprano/soprano saxophone/piano.

2025 | soprano/violin/piano.

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance, Mina Miller, Artistic Director.

Premiere of the original orchestration was on May 12, 2014 at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA with soprano Megan Chenovick, oboist Ben Hausman and pianist Mina Miller.

Premiere of the clarinet version was on March 10, 2024 at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA with soprano Vaness Isiguen, clarinetist Laura DeLuca and pianist Mina Miller. Their recording can be heard on the link below, on tracks 9-11.

IF YOU ARE A MEZZO-SOPRANO and want to sing this, here are a few suggestions:

For Movement 1:

— 46-47 take the Db on “sleep” and the Eb on “there” down an octave — going up to the Db and singing the notes as written in 48, then jumping down an 8va for m. 49

— 53 take “you” down 8va, then as written for “are not” and in 54 take “cold” down 8va

— For “listen the river is singing” on p. 7:

67 take “lis-” down an 8va, then up on “ten” and “the” as written

68-first note of m. 69 take down 8va (or just take entire word “singing” down an 8va

— For “bright in the night when a dream cuddles”

105 – last Eb – take down 8va

106-111 take this all down 8va