for female voice (wide range) and piano
Text and music by Matthew Quayle.
Premiered by Stephanie Youell, voice, and Matthew Quayle, piano, at the University of Cincinnati, Spring 2001.
Blues was an experiment of sorts, using a musical theater vocalist in a concert "art song" setting. The singer vacillates between emotional extremes over an unyieldingly cheery ostinato accompaniment. The vocalist must be adept throughout a wide 2.5 octave register, from low chest voice F# to a high D# above the staff.