Edward Curtis - 1

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An Art Song setting of Ken Cathers's poem "Edward Curtis - 1".
This song was composed by Christopher Ludwig, and performed by Baritone Cliff Ridley and pianist Tatiana Khvatova.

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Edward Curtis

(2013, for baritone and piano)
Poem by Ken Cathers

1

it wasn't photography
he became obsessed with

but the darkroom
lovely clutter of

developing tanks

trays, negative reels
pinned loose like fly strip

the whole process
of emulsion, stop
bath, hypo...

waiting for the image
to emerge
from silver salt

not even knowing
a name for
the places

these prints came
from; the faces
of those he knew

to be already
dead surfacing
through this cold solution
of tears.

& it was the eyes
enlarged first:
white negative

retinas staring
out from a
world he thought

vanished with
his departure.

credits

from Medicine Man, released September 18, 2015

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Ludwig Recordings Richmond, British Columbia

Ludwig Recordings is a Record Label specializing in the music of composer Christopher Ludwig and its artists.
Ludwig Recordings has an especially strong focus on Art Song.

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