When I Am with You, a Song Cycle for Queer Love

Author(s)

Matthew Shreve

Faculty Mentor(s)

Gayla Blaisdell (Music Performance)

Abstract

“When I Am with You, a Song Cycle for Queer Love” is a set of eight love songs composed by Matthew Shreve, featuring the poetry of Imagist poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925). Each song, a moment in time, that follows the loose narrative of a flourishing relationship, from bud to bloom — from the thrill of young love to the building of a nurturing home life. This presentation outlines compositional techniques, a short description of Amy Lowell’s life and legacy, and piano and voice performance by CWU alumna Ruth Newkirk.

Keywords: Music, Song, LGBTQ+, Diversity

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