Chasing the Moon Down (2009), a cycle for mezzo-soprano, trumpet, and piano, was commissioned
by trumpeter Chris Gekker and is dedicated to Gekker, mezzo-soprano Gail Collins, and pianist
Stephen Brown. The texts are an interconnected cycle of poems by American poet Katherine
Gekker. In the four poems, the speaker reflects during each of the seasons of the year&mdash,in the wake
of a great loss.
Whenever these songs are performed, it is strongly requested that the
above program note and the complete poem texts (provided on the following pages) be printed in
the concert program.
In many places, dynamics in the mezzo-soprano part are kept to a minimum. However, this is not
meant to indicate unexpressive singing. Rather, the singer should use the natural movement of the
lines and musical context to shape her interpretation.
A Harmon mute (stem in) is required for the trumpet. Trumpet parts are provided in both C and Bb.
Either instrument may be used. An extremely sensitive, chamber music approach is required from
The cycle must always be performed in its entirety. The songs may not be performed individually.