Seven Years Waiting
There is an old Irish folksong about a woman waiting for her lost love, a sailor who
left promising to return to her soon. Seven years later, the woman is working in her
father's garden and a gentleman approaches her, asking to court her. She politely
declines, saying she is waiting for her sailor who has yet to return after seven years.
The man tells the woman that her sailor is most likely dead, which she replies by
saying "if he be married, wish him plenty. If he be drowned then I wish him rest"
(the words vary from version to version, though the meaning is consistent in each).
The man then takes out a ring - one that matches one the woman has - and she
realizes he is her sailor. This piece is a collection of seven miniatures each
representing a year of waiting - exploring the emotions the woman must have gone
through during her long years of waiting. The melody of the original folk tune can
be heard throughout the piece - often altered or buried.
Seven Years Waiting is a piece for oboe, two clarinets, alto saxophone, bassoon and
double bass originally written and performed at the fresh inc festival. The
commission was made possible by the Stephen R. Gerber Trust.
Contact Abigail Johnson for score and parts at firstname.lastname@example.org