Zach Herchen (saxophone) and Elisabeth Halliday (soprano) at a performance at the Gershwin Hotel (New York, NY)

The Person In The Room Wishes To Be Left Alone

(2011, 12′)

Libretto by Benjamin Rogers
For Soprano, Saxophone and Tape
Commissioned by the Emerging Voices Project
For Elisabeth Halliday and Zach Herchen

Team

Soprano, Alto Saxophone, Fixed Media Playback (most likely a CD)

Preface

The Person In The Room Wishes To Be Left Alone is a set of miniatures for soprano, alto saxophone and tape, and takes as its subject both the real-life child prodigy author Barbara Follett and the character of Margot Tenenbaum in Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums, on a libretto by Benjamin Rogers.

The work was commissioned by and is dedicated to Elisabeth Halliday and Zach Herchen, as a part of the Emerging Voices project. The commission was funded by Ted Esborn.

Heard

  • February 4, 2012, Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore, MD), Elisabeth Halliday, soprano and Zach Herchen, saxophone.
  • January 20, 2012, George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Elisabeth Halliday, soprano and Zach Herchen, saxophone.
  • September 25, 2011, Gershwin Hotel (New York, NY), Elisabeth Halliday, soprano and Zach Herchen, saxophone.
  • September 18, 2011, Follen Church (Lexington, MA), Elisabeth Halliday, soprano and Zach Herchen, saxophone.