Songs of a Landloper

written for Newspeak with soprano Sarah Chalfy

"Landloper" is an archaic word—originating from the middle Dutch landlooper—for a vagabond, an adventurer, or even a renegade. Falling somewhere within the tradition of Schubert (Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise), Mahler (Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen), Vaughan Williams (Songs of Travel) and others, my song cycle treats not only geographical travel, but also musical travel in that each song inhabits a stylistic terrain radically different from the next. The unifying principle throughout these various peregrinations is a simple one:  I let myself be guided by my love for wildly divergent musics, often finding surprising connections between them, and I did not deny myself passage through any province or canton.