Fire and Sleet and Candlelight for Soprano voice and Chamber Ensemble

Fire and Sleet and Candlelight for Soprano voice and Chamber Ensemble is an art-song in the tradition of the great lieder of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, but with a more modern style with Jazz and Rock influences.  The chamber ensemble consists of Trumpet, Oboe, Violin, Electric Guitar and Piano. The text is by the early 20th century American poet Elinor Wylie, whose work has been unduly neglected.

Fire and Sleet and Candlelight was premiered as part of Composers Concordance presents Art of the Art Song, featuring soprano Ljiljana Winkler (to whom the work was dedicated) with Formation Solenne / CompCord Ensemble on Friday, December 2, 2022 at Greenwich House in New York City. Below is the YouTube video of the world premiere performance.

Text for Fire and Sleet and Candlelight, based on the poem by Elinor Wylie.

Fire and sleet and candlelight.

For this you've striven 
Daring, to fail: 
Your sky is riven 
Like a tearing veil. 

For this, you've wasted 
Wings of your youth; 
Divined, and tasted 
Bitter springs of truth. 

From sand unslak-ed 
Twisted strong cords, 
And wandered naked 
Among trysted swords. 

There's a word unspoken, 
A knot untied. 
Whatever is broken 
The earth may hide. 

Your race is ended— 
See, it is run: 
Nothing is mended 
Under the sun. 

Fire, sleet, candlelight.