This setting of Sarah Arvio’s poem 'Côte d’Azur' renders through sound a fleeting moment of oceanic immersion, as the water speaks its mysteries. It depicts various vocal characters that speak through the water – with words mellifluous, sometimes esoteric, often wise. Throughout the piece, the spoken voices provoke the sea into a series of tidal undulations, each its own, until subsumed by a breaker wave of vocal lyricism.
Composed for New Millennium Ensemble with mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle, who gave the first performance in November 2006 at Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University.
Intermediate - Advanced
'Côte d’Azur' by Sarah Arvio
From VISITS FROM THE SEVENTH by Sarah Arvio
Copyright (c) 2002 by Sarah Arvio
Used with the permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.