Composer: Tadd Russo
Piece: Deep in Earth (1997)


Edgar Allan Poe's shortest poem, conveys more emotion than any other. "A tapestry of voices," this eight-part. a cappella choral piece sets melodies against melodies ina manner both familiar and completely alien

"Deep in earth my love is lying, And I must weep alone."

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is one of America’s favorite, though misunderstood authors. He is known for his macabre poetry and short stories. Many critics have made the assumption that Poe was not of stable mind--possibly because most of his stories were written in the first person narrative. To be sure, he occasionally doubted his own mental stability; however, his writing process was extremely methodical and rational. His work demonstrates a predilection for vivid effect as he brought to light in his essay “The Philosophy of Composition”. Where he ponders, “Of the innumerable effects, or impressions, on which the heart, the intellect, or (more generally) the soul is susceptible, which one shall I, on the present occasion, select?”

Deep in Earth