Les Épisodes (Aug. 1987) Orchestra and Soprano & Bass soloists

Settings of Harlow poems, written especially for the Wellington Sonic Circus, 1987

This was preceded by an intensive correspondence between Michael and me. He made many good suggestions about the nature of the music—one can certainly speak of an artistic cooperation. I still see Michael at the beginning of the performance as he suddenly appeared at the front of the auditorium and spoke the opening lines: Not an answer …

Given the short rehearsal time the work was reasonably well performed (in the Wellington Town Hall) but that was the only airing it ever had. Plans for a second part were never taken up again.

Episode 1, Jan Harrington (Mezzo-soprano), Derrick Miller (Baritone), NZSO Francisco Feliciano (Conductor), Michael Harlow (Speaker)
Prologue

Not
an answer
is always
a question

If the
question
is uncertain
will the
answer
be unsafe?

Michael Harlow
Episode 1

If you go
there what
will you see?
If you stay
behind what
will you remember?
Someone running
toward you
shouting a name
The same person
beside you
inside the mirror

Michael Harlow