Gilda Lyons performs this new work composed with Daron Hagen for solo voice, exploring a poem by Walt Whitman with techniques ranging from vocal polyphony, to musical improvisation, to site-specific performance. In a single unedited take, filmmaker H. Paul Moon captures this evocative meditation on “Youth, Day, Old Age and Night” from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass:
Youth, large, lusty, loving—youth full of grace, force, fascination,
Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination?
Day full-blown and splendid—day of the immense sun, action, ambition, laughter,
The Night follows close with millions of suns, and sleep and restoring darkness.
Special thanks to Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, New York; The Joel Foundation; and Cynthia Shor and the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. To find out more about the Walt Whitman Music Archive, visit: waltwhitman.org/music