I have finished getting through the libretto. And Eileen’s last scene reminds me in form of those Haydn English aria settings, a bit of the improvisational and the emotional dives and upsurges. The choral setting went fairly easily, and I’m hoping my piano and studio conditions didn’t lead me to believe it better than it is. I can’t remember when writing was so uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time. At the very least I got to have a grand time, and always will remember that final push to the end that suddenly lifted off into the effortless. Perhaps the ending is sweet harmonically, but there’s some gravity below in the pedal tone, changing finally to a darker color.

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