The Secret Exit

Song cycleWhat rose out of the white leaves of your bodyWhen in Early SummerChild.

2017 | soprano/clarinet.

Version for soprano with Eb Alto Saxophone is forthcoming.

Poems by Nelly Sachs (1891-1970), translated by Ruth and Matthew Mead and Michael Hamburger.

Commissioned by The University of Alabama at Birmingham for soprano Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk and clarinetist Denise Gainey. 

Premiere: January 26, 2018 at Temple Emanu-El in Birmingham, AL with Kristine and Denise.


If you have an older version, please contact me for a complimentary updated score.


72: If you have an earlier edition, please change the content of 72 as follows:

6/8 instead of 5/8

VOICE rhythms: 3 8th notes, 1 quarter, 1 eight to “storm up the stair of”

CLARINET: 8th rest, 8th note on concert C, 8th note on concert Db, quarter note on concert Eb (with the word “storm” and 8th note on concert F