Three Poems from Felt

Complete Work Title: 

Three Poems from Felt (after Alice Fulton)

Performance Medium: 

poetry reading with computer music

  1. Prequel
  2. By Her Own Hand
  3. Call the Mainland



Date Composed: 

March 2005

Performance Information: 

The computer music is for 8-channel fixed media, though it may be performed in a reduced version for 4 channels.

Additional Information: 

Included on the album Improbable Encounters (innova 873, 2014).

Performance/Broadcast History: 
  • 14 May 2019; Palacky University (Olomouc, Czech Republic)

    Heidi Dietrich Klein, recitation

  • 13 May 2019, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno, Czech Republic)

    Heidi Dietrich Klein, recitation

  • 15 April 2011; Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), presented as part of the Department of English Reading Series

    Alice Fulton, recitation

  • 14 November 2008; Delta State University (Cleveland, MS) — Electroacoustic Juke Joint Festival

    Beverly Moon, recitation

  • 8 March 2008; Nightingale Theatre (Tulsa, OK) — Living Arts of Tulsa New Genre Festival

    Jessica Leza, recitation

  • 29 February 2008; Connecticut College (New London, CT) — 11th Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium

    Nancy Hoffman, recitation

  • 26 February 2008; Metropolitan Catering (Denton, TX)
  • 25 February 2008; University of North Texas (Denton, TX)

    Heidi Dietrich Klein, recitation

  • 10 January 2008; Armand Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA)

    Alice Fulton, recitation

  • 24 March 2007; National Chiao Tung University (Hsinchu, Taiwan) — 2007 International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology

    Joseph Klein, recitation

  • 10 March 2007; Iowa State University (Ames, IA) — SEAMUS 2007 National Conference

    Kelly Kruse, recitation

  • 21 January 2007; Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)

    Amanda Halverson, recitation

  • 3 November 2005; Collin County Community College (Plano, TX) — Texas Computer Musicians Network concert

    Heidi Dietrich Klein, recitation

  • 8 April 2005; University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) — Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival

    Lola Haskins, recitation

  • 4 April 2005; University of North Texas (Denton, TX) [premiere]

    Alice Fulton, recitation

Program Notes: 

I have been an admirer of Alice Fulton's poetry for several years now, and have used her evocative turns of phrase as titles for two of my previous works. I had wanted to compose a musical setting of her poems for quite some time, but had difficulty finding the appropriate medium, as her words seemed to resist a traditional musical setting. It finally occurred to me that I was really interested in creating an elaboration of a poetry reading — after all, poets often "perform" their own works just as musicians do, so it seemed natural to create a sonic environment around the poet's spoken words. Three Poems from Felt was drawn from Fulton's 2001 collection of poems, which lent themselves particularly well to such a setting.

The work was first performed by the poet on 4 April 2005 at the University of North Texas. It is included on the album Improbable Encounters (innova 873, 2014).