Douglas Geers
Little Sleeps-Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight

home | news | works | scores | recordings | research | contact

Title Little Sleeps-Head Sprouting
Hair in the Moonlight
Genre: voice and classical guitar
(piano arrangement forthcoming)           
Duration: 22 minutes
Score: Upon request 
Audio: Upon request

Little Sleep's-Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight (1993-94) is a 22-minute cycle of seven songs for baritone, guitar, and mixed electronics. The song texts are from one of the set of ten meta-poems in a volume entitled "The Book of Nightmares" by Galway Kinnell, the Erich Maria Remarque Professor in Creative Writing at New York University and former State Poet of Vermont. This book as a whole deals with ideas of and feelings about mortality; the section "Little Sleep's-Head..." centers around a scene in which Kinnell comforts his infant daughter and imagines both her and his future.

The electronic part in this piece acts merely as a frame to the live performers: It begins before they do, fades out during the songs, and then fades back in near the end of each song. The electronic content is mostly processed vocal and guitar sounds, sometimes placed over ambient noises such as a playground and a restaurant. As a frame for the "real" music, the electronic part is much less interactive with the live musicians than in most "tape" and instrument pieces. In fact, this piece has even been performed without the electronic part.

If you would like to know more about this piece, please email Doug Geers