You Cannot Fold a Flood

for soprano and marimba

Emma-Ruth Richards

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for soprano and marimba

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Composer Emma-Ruth Richards
Year of Composition 2015
Duration ca.10'
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Catalogue ID ce-err1ycf1


You Cannot Fold a Flood was commissioned by PercusSing soprano and marimba duo, Ana Beard Fernandez and Zoë Craven, for the York Spring Festival of New Music 2015.

You Cannot Fold a Flood is a setting of five Emily Dickinson poems taken from Nature, Love and Time and Eternity. I am attracted to Emily Dickinson’s work as it liberates my imagination at the same time as leaving me ungrounded and magically disarmed. The speakers in Dickinson’s poetry, like those in Brontë’s and Browning’s works, are sharp-sighted observers who see the inescapable limitations of their societies as well as their imagined and imaginable escapes. Her capacity to experiment with expression, in order to free it from conventional restraints, has been influential in my setting of these five texts.

This work is featured on the Percussing release ‘Two Worlds’ – available here.