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I Am the Destroyer

tenor and piano / 3.5 minutes

Christopher Hodson and I both grew up in Coldwater, MI, and he also studied at Westminster Choir College—shortly before I arrived. Setting his poetry continues a small tradition of mine to set poetry of my friends who are also singers. I find using poetry that the singer himself has written adds another, exciting layer of collaboration, heightening the affective potential of the work. I Am the Destroyer is immediately arresting and energetic, invoking a turbulent soundscape.

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Poem by Christopher Hodson.
Recording: Christopher Hodson, tenor; Philip Rice, piano

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