in eleven movements for choir and instruments
Premiered by Six Degree Singers of Silver Spring, MD
Composer Elisabeth Mehl Greene collaborates with blind poet A. J. Nolte to imagine worlds of color in this muli-movement work for choir and instruments. Each poetic reflection on color invents a culture and landscape, filled with the emotions and imagery of that color. These works became the lyrics for eleven movements for choir. Blue imagines the people of an island, lounging on docks under infinite skies, the lapping of water, and sunset dances on the beach. The Yellow land is a sun-drenched savanna; its riders race its prairies, fearing neither the enemies nor lions they might find there. Red is a country filled with dragons and volcanoes, spice filling the air, its citizens turned veterans of the battle with a violent landscape. In the Green poem, there is a fruitful spring garden. In Orange, we find a burnt desert. Purple castles float in the air with winged carriages and the alchemy of heat and moisture in the clouds. Ten movements interpret the images, moods, and relationships of each color text, and the Palette movement concludes the work combining all the colors.
Most recent performance by Opera on Tap DC
Collaborations with five Canadian librettists written at Tapestry Opera‘s Composer-Librettist laboratory. Selected scenes have been performed in Toronto, Winnipeg, Texas, and most recently Washington, DC.
The Theory of Everything – Sheldon Rosen
Merk’s Dream – Nick Carpenter
Guitar – Norman Yeung
Lost and Found – Sharon Bajer
Naila and Lolo – Anusree Roy