Time Does Not Bring Relief

4' aria for soprano, trumpet, and violin trio

Written for the Peabody Conservatory Opera Studio in the Fall of 2020

Program note:

Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the volatile state of the world was the "elephant" that nobody could seem to get out of the room. Many of my peers comically hoped that the 2020 election would resolve all the health, political, and social issues-at least here in the United States. Although I consider myself a realist rather than a pessimist, Millay's words rang truer each day the global conditions persisted: "Time does not bring relief." This classic poem was written a century ago, just before the 1918 flu pandemic grappled the world. The ambiguous portrayal of lost love evokes contemporary images of; masses dying, politics dividing families, and violence in the streets. If time does not bring relief, what will?

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