A light airy ‘Song’ serves as an introduction to a setting of Keats’ magnificent sonnet, “To Sleep.”
Voices of Change, Sydney Hodkinson, conductor, Christine Schadeberg, soprano
Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX, Nov. 19, 1984.
“Karchin’s settings of the poetry of John Keats are his most recent displays of a striking conception of text setting, in which the sonic, syntactic, rhythmic, and semantic properties of the poetry interact with the musical material in an unprecedented fusion of the verbal and the musical.” Citation from the Walter N. Hinrichsen Award, presented to the composer by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.