Welladay! Welladay!

by Byron Au Yong

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Welladay! Welladay! Wayward Love Songs sweeps through 36 poems by James Joyce, published in a collection called Chamber Music in 1907. Despite the exclamation points in the title, Welladay! Welladay! is a quiet work. The intimate, variable music nods to love as well as the orphans and unwed mothers who lived in Seattle's Good Shepherd Center from 1907 to 1973. Crumpled letters and laundered bed sheets provide touchstones for the voice and piano trio.

These are live recording excerpts from the first performance. Excuse the audience coughing. Whispers, paper crumples and footsteps are part of the music.

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released October 28, 2013

Composer
Byron Au Yong

Soprano
Betsy Baeskens Giri

Violin
Tari Nelson-Zagar

Cello
Lori Goldston

Piano
Tiffany Lin

Artist
Bianca Ana Chavez

Recording
Paul Kikuchi

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Byron Au Yong San Francisco, California

Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation, music for a changing world.

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Track Name: VI. "love at first is all afraid" excerpt
now, o now
sleep now
o more
now, o now
love at first is all afraid.
Track Name: IV. "be at peace again" excerpt
sleep
soul sweet
soft
holding...
be at peace again
Track Name: III. "walk together" excerpt
walk together
de dr de de t th
tr de th
tl
th de
ti de th
t de
tw de de ft tr
(exhale)
Track Name: I. "speak to your heart" excerpt
d p d p
d k b
th
tw t
o lonely watcher of the skies...
so I were ever in that heart...
golden hair, window,
speak to your heart