Accord Treble Choir is back in action: the nine outstanding singers who premiered my setting of "To Soar in Freedom and in Fullness of Power" last year will soon premiere my newest piece, "New England Song," on June 8 and 15 in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY in their program entitled Longing.
Actually, the song is not that new. I wrote it in 2004—on the ukulele—in a fit of homesickness for the land of my birth. As I detail in my program note, I sang it only once in public, but have been singing it in my head ever since. When Accord director Liz Geisewite asked me if I'd like to contribute a piece to their Longing concert, I cast about for a while before realizing I'd already written just the thing.
Composer Michael T Roberts shares his thoughts on writing, playing, and teaching music. Comments? Please e-mail Mike.