Medium voice and piano
Text: Anton Chekhov, from Uncle Vanya
Premiere: May 11, 2023 by Clara Osowski, mezzo and Casey Rafn, piano, St. Paul, Minn.
In the final scene of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Vanya has despaired. His niece, Sonya, pities him, comforts him, and offers a way forward. This scene is the culmination of the 2021 Japanese film Drive My Car, in which Sonya is played by a deaf mute who signs the words. The silence of that performance allowed me to imagine mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski singing this foundational text. The song is dedicated to Ms. Osowski, who gave the premiere in St. Paul’s Landmark Center with pianist Casey Rafn in May 2023.