Matrix and Dream

  • Title Matrix and Dream
  • Year 2004
  • Instr sop, pno
  • Duration 4 min
  • Categories Vocal
  • Publisher ACA
  • Texts Paul Auster

Commissioned by Works and Process at the Guggenheim.

First performance:
Lucy Shelton, soprano, Stephen Gosling, piano:
Peter B. Lewis Theatre, Guggenheim Museum, NY, Sept. 12, 2004


“Each score was for voice and a single instrument. Mr. Karchin, using the conventional piano accompaniment in Matrix and Dream, created two worlds: the vocal line, from start of finish, conveyed the fleeting imagery of the text with an arclike gracefulness, while the piano began more brashly and lost its dissonant edges before the final lines.”

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times (09/2004)

Louis Karchin’s complex yet tender setting of ‘Matrix and Dream,’ an elegiac vision of childhood, might become the most popular of the group. It was excellently performed by pianist Stephen Gosling and soprano Lucy Shelton.

Russell Platt,, New York Newsday (09/2004)