Composer: Tadd Russo
Piece: Shadows Rise and Fall (1998)


An excerpt from The Sleeper, Shadows Rise and Fall is set for SATB chorus and organ.

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?”

Shadows Rise and Fall