Duration (in minutes): 3'39;45'34;
Difficulty: High (professional)
Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players
Instruments: any male voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, baritone voice, cello, clarinet, piano
Publisher: Hidden Oaks Music Co.
Score PDF: solitary_score_sample_pg._1-2-5.pdf
Text PDF: solitarynotestext-5.pdf
Description: Solitary for baritone, clarinet, cello and piano, based on poetry by Hollis Robins, was commissioned by Andrew Talle and was premiered at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins in the fall of 2009.
According to Robins, the poem Solitary is part of a sonnet sequence called “Sonnets of Imprisonment,” which are all loosely about being bound either by the form or by real or psychological bars. The poet William Wordsworth considered the sonnet form both constraining and liberating; in this longer sequence Robins says that she explores the nature of formal and psychological constraints as they work together. The music attempts to capture the frame of mind of the narrator when faced by real or imaginary threats: the dreadful ‘waiting’ of the footsteps of the guards; the resistance to what one is “supposed to do’ and the violent consequences; the ‘remembrance’ of ‘normal’ life; the foreseeable dread and inevitability of an certain future.