Thomas Sleeper, composer

composer, conductor
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Credits: Zoe Zeniodi, conductor; Irini Kyriakidou, soprano

Sleeper: Through a Glass Darkly

Thomas Sleeper's song cycle "Through a Glass Darkly". Irini Kyriakidou, soprano, Zoe Zeniodi, conductor, Ensemble 21. Premiere February 23, 2011. Miami, Florida
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Through a Glass Darkly

1. traces
everywhere the residue of you:
fleeing, periphery...
fading under lids,
just out of range...
your voice...
voices...
fading echoes
through the wound between heaven and earth ...
or hell...

II. possessions

Sometimes...
sometimes you are on the surface...
I the ghost...
looking up, observing...
Watching you use my voice, you my hands...
I can only watch ... fascinated... breathless...
breathless at the transparency of it all...
How many times have you done this while I slept?
Have I ever really dreamed?

III. awakenings

How long it took to find...
you are not seen by all men...
that not all know of your ecstasy...
I've become aware of this...slipping into consciousness as others into sleep

-Giordano Bruno
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