Symbiosis (1983)

Ruth Lomon

Mezzo Soprano, Piano, Percussion

"Combustion ..." is fiery with a story accompaniment. "Dream Polyps…" is
gentle, spectral, and dissolves into the first Choros. This divertissement has some
humorous effects between the vocalise of the singer and the antics of a slide whistle.
The heightened excitement generated by the second quotation intersects the more
introspective mood of the next two verses.

"Golden eyebrow auras…" is accompanied by a fragment of Bach's Easter Cantata

and closes into the second Choros which is reminiscent of the opening preamble, and

features a play between a strummed C major chord inside the piano and a D major chord
played on a mouth organ. The last declamatory interjection builds from a simple two-note
ostinato into a majestic close.

The last two verses are closest in mood, having a quiet modal quality in the voice,
accompanied by plucked strings and inside-the-piano strummed chords.
SYMBIOSIS is dedicated to Eileen Davis and Rosemary Platt.