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David Stybr: Engineer and Composer

It's Left Brain vs. Right Brain: best 2 falls out of 3

Life and Afterlife: Four Elegies
for Soprano and Orchestra:
I. The Last Time (7:50)

The Bereaved:
The last time I saw your eyes,
I saw the glow of a summer sunset.
How soon the glow then shaded and was gone.
And now you sleep.

The last time I touched your hand,
I felt the warmth of a summer zephyr.
How soon the warmth then faded and was gone.
And now you sleep.

How can I live without you?
Many are the paths we have walked together.
How can I stand without you at my side,
As my guide?

The last time I breathed your kiss,
You filled my heart with life majestic.
How soon your breath then faltered and was gone.
And now you sleep.

The last time I felt your embrace
You filled my soul with love eternal.
How soon your arms then weakened and were gone.
And now you sleep.

Now I must walk without you.
Which is the path which should be taken?
Now I must stand without you at my side,
As my guide.

You have not left me.
With ev'ry coming of the dawn,
You have not left me.
With ev'ry dusk I gaze upon,
You are my Sun and my Moon and my Stars.

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Left Brain: "My song cycle Life and Afterlife is a set of 4 Elegies for soprano and orchestra. The first movement 'The Last Time' is in G Minor, based upon a single theme which evolves into 2 further themes. The cantabile main theme is presented quasi berceuse as an elegy to the loss of a loved one, above shifting harmonies which elude repose. The music is also permeated by a rhythmic motive, or rhythmotive as I call it, which manifested itself in January 2001 when my wife Denise & I were in Caracas, Venezuela. The rest of this music was composed during my travels for engineering projects, and completed in May 2001 in Washington, DC."

Right Brain: "It was fun to discover details from my subconscious. For example the exquisite horn countermelody, as the soprano repeats the main theme, evolved from my rhythmotive. I love the final pages, which skirt the G Major/Minor tonalities with chords based upon G-Bb-Eb-G."

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© 2001 David Stybr * Updated 5 May 2001
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