Based on a poem by Sylvia Plath, this piece uses a variety of vocal sounds as expressions of the meaning of the text.  The instruments function on an equal basis with the voices, creating a textural and timbral fusion between voice and instrument.  The relationship of text and meaning is explored in different ways:  as fragmented words and phrases, as a chant, and in a traditional, syllabic setting of text and music.  Winter Trees is dedicated to the memory of Sylvia Plath.


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