To An Isle In The Water:
Composer John Aschenbrenner assembles eighteen poems by the much beloved Irish poet William Butler Yeats to create “To An Isle In The Water”, a song cycle chronicling the course of a love affair. Evocative, sensual and romantic, these poems set to music feature the voice of Patti Cohenour as a woman looking back to a time when she once loved a poet. Now years after their affair has ended, she sings the words he sent her long ago.
From the first glimmer of passion to its final gleanings and a resolute farewell, this “stylistic arrangement of experience” (to borrow a phrase from Yeats), takes the listener on a journey through time, feeling and memory. Dazzling the ear, whispering to the heart, this journey-this flight-is one as only love, music and poetry can inspire. Poems in the cycle: To an Isle in the Water, When You are Old, Brown Penny, The Lake Isle Of Innisfree, For Anne Gregory, Never Give all the Heart, The Collarbone Of A Hare, The Indian to His Love, Her Anxiety, Into The Twilight, The Lover Tells of the Rose in his Heart, Loves’s Loneliness, The Falling of the Leaves, To A Squirrel At Kyle-na-no, Ephemera, The Countess Cathleen In Paradise, The White Birds, These Are The Clouds