Mœurs de Césure was written at the instigation of French poet Philippe Denis, who asked me to set his seven “sonnets” to music. At that point in my work I was very down on sung texts, so I decided to write 7 interludes for cello & piano to accompany the recitation of Philippe’s beautiful text. In this recording, poet Eric Kennedy reads his excellent English translation, accompanied by eighth blackbird’s Lisa Kaplan (piano) & Nick Photinos (cello).