The Shelter (2016)
for Soprano, Cello and Piano
Text: Emily Dickinson
Duration: 5 min
Commission: 2017 Vox Feminae Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel
Premiere: Rona Israel-Kolatt, Soprano, Yotam Baruch, Cello and Tali Morgulis, Piano. April 27, 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel
The body grows outside, — The more convenient way, — That if the spirit like to hide, Its temple stands alway
Ajar, secure, inviting; It never did betray The soul that asked its shelter In timid honesty.
Source: Dickinson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series Two. Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
Program Note: The Shelter (2016) for Soprano, Cello and Piano was written for the 2017 Vox Feminae Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel. The music for the festival was themed around the idea of shelter and its multitude of interpretations. For me, Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Shelter” is a beautiful and powerful interpretation of our body as a shelter for spirit and soul.