Not long before I composed Five Poems of Emily Dickinson, I had relocated from the cool humidity of the mountains of Western North Carolina to the heat and drought-plagued Wiregrass region of southern Alabama. The poems reflect not only my longing for the mountains, but also my process of adjusting to my new home. In these songs the voice and clarinet parts are equal, as opposed to the more traditional relationship of voice and accompanying instrument. At times one part may be more obvious than the other, but at no time is either less important.
Two copies of the score are included.