MELIA WATRAS: WILLIAM WILSON
for voice and violin (2016)
 
 Photo by Melia Watras

Photo by Melia Watras

 

World Premiere: Michael Jinsoo Lim, voice and violin; March 28, 2018, Seattle WA

Duration: 3:33

Program Notes:
The arabesque works of Edgar Allan Poe hold a special place in my heart. I remember a hot summer evening from my childhood when I was up very late, hours past midnight, reading The Fall of the House of Usher. All of the windows were open, and as I read the passage where the house collapses, an unusually strong wind entered my room, blowing over things in its path, and giving me such a fright. It felt like a scene from a Poe story!

The idea of doubles in music and literature led me to using excerpts from Poe’s William Wilson as a text for this folk style song, written for my kindred spirit, violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim.

—Melia Watras

Violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim performs the world premiere of Melia Watras's William Wilson for voice and violin (2016). Text by Edgar Allan Poe. Recorded live at Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle, WA on March 28, 2018. Videography by Jerry Morrison.