MELIA WATRAS: WILLIAM WILSON
for voice and violin (2016)
World Premiere: Michael Jinsoo Lim, voice and violin; March 28, 2018, Seattle WA
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.