Many people know this Walt Whitman poem by its other title, The Last Invocation. That's certainly a fine title, but if the book I'd been reading had used that title instead of The Imprisoned Soul, I'm not sure I would have been drawn to this text, which alludes to how the soul seeks both haven within and freedom from the body. It's a moody, atmospheric work, spare in texture, and with beautiful, long vocal lines.
Thamyris Composition Prize, 1994
HM--Vocal Music: Composers Guild 27th Annual Composition Contest
Recorded for Col Legno-Aurophon Recordings