Recital 10​.​21​.​15

by Ryan David Stevens

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Pieces performed live at the University of Northern Iowa on October 21st, 2015.
All music written between 2012 and 2015.
Segues composed using samples of previously performed pieces.

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released October 21, 2015


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Ryan David Stevens Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ryan David Stevens is an American composer from Minneapolis, MN.​ Stevens takes interest in loosening the definition of what it means to make "high art" music. They often take inspiration from the experimental production and composition styles of noise, electronic, and rock/pop music, while continuing to push boundaries in the contemporary classical realm of music composition and performance. ... more

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Track Name: Erthe Toc of Erthe
Erthe toc of erthe erthe wyth woh,
erthe other erthe to the earthe droh,
erthe leyde erthe in erthene throh,
tho hevede erthe of erthe erthe ynoh.

Track Name: The Mysterious Stranger
The Stranger had seen everything, he had been everywhere, he knew everything, and he forgot nothing. What another must study, he learned at a glance; there were no difficulties for him. And he made things live before you when he told about them. He saw the world made; he saw Adam created; he saw Samson surge against the pillars and bring the temple down in ruins about him; he saw Caesar’s death; he told of the daily life in heaven; he had seen the damned writhing in the red waves of hell; and he made us see all these things, and it was as if we were on the spot and looking at them with our own eyes. And we felt them, too, but there was no sign that they were anything to him beyond mere entertainments. Those visions of hell, those poor babes and women and girls and lads and men shrieking and supplicating in anguish—­why, we could hardly bear it, but he was as bland about it as if it had been so many imitation rats in an artificial fire.

-Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Track Name: Regrets
As, when the seaward ebbing tide doth pour
Out by the low sand spaces,
The parting waves slip back to clasp the shore
With lingering embraces,--

So in the tide of life that carries me
From where thy true heart dwells,
Waves of my thoughts and memories turn to thee
With lessening farewells;

Waving of hands; dreams, when the day forgets;
A care half lost in cares;
The saddest of my verses; dim regrets;
Thy name among my prayers.

I would the day might come, so waited for,
So patiently besought,
When I, returning, should fill up once more
Thy desolated thought;

And fill thy loneliness that lies apart
In still, persistent pain.
Shall I content thee, O thou broken heart,
As the tide comes again,

And brims the little sea-shore lakes, and sets
Seaweeds afloat, and fills
The silent pools, rivers and rivulets
Among the inland hills?

-Alice Christiana Gertrude Meynell (1847-1922)

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