Beckett Songs (2012)
The Beckett Songs are a collection of five miniature songs for soprano and piano on poems by the Irish playwright, novelist and poet Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). The collection consists of the following titles:
V. Brief Dream
The poems deal with the main theme in all of Beckett's work: the absurdity of human existence. His view on our existential predicament is bleak and pessimistic. Yet, he always shows a kind of stubborn resilience or even a glimpse of hope.
The chosen poems, both in English and French, have certain formalistic and minimalistic qualities, which have been the main source of guidance for the musical settings.