Composer’s Log: Aug. 21, 2017

I am very happy to be back in the swing of things for composing the opera, and this week I’ve been working on a couple disconnected sections in the middle of the story.  Some of you may have seen the teaser I posted on social media, but in case you missed it, I am including it here.

This excerpt is from the start of Marie’s aria, “I Take My Life in Measurements”, and the libretto for this number was the first excerpt we posted publicly.  The aria occurs a couple pages after the aria where Marie recounts Pierre’s death, and the intervening material includes a short aria for Marie about life after Pierre as well as an exchange between Marie and her daughter about learning the crawl stroke.

In addition to sketching out the full vocal line and and part of the accompaniment for “I Take My Life in Measurements”, I also revised the accompaniment for the recollection of Pierre’s death and continued on from that point into Marie’s next aria.  In this section, Marie uses the act of swimming as a metaphor for her struggle to return to her life and her work without her partner.

I’m still working on this aria and “I Take My Life in Measurements”.  There’s a spot in that latter aria where I plan to reference this earlier one, which is why I am composing them in tandem.  I am planning to finish them up in the next couple of days and then am undecided about whether I will fill in the connecting dialogue or will switch to another aria.  Either way, I am looking forward to what will hopefully be another productive week!