for baritone, b-flat clarinet, and piano
Down by the Station, Early in the Morning is a setting for baritone or tenor voice, clarinet, and piano of John Ashbery's poem of the same name. In the score I wanted the instruments to dramatize the concerns of memory and loss so beautifully and poignantly expressed in the poem.
premiere: March 12, 1987, University of Nebraska—Lincoln; Music Now! Festival; Patrick Mason - baritone, Mark Benson - clarinet, Karen Sigers - piano, Randall Snyder - conductor.