Wherewith I Strive. For Mezzo, flute and harp. Commissioned by the Jubal Trio. Premiered by the Canyonlands Ensemble. Texts include excerpts from the book of Job, ‘A Song’ by Phillis Levin, and an Epigram by Sir Thomas Wyatt.
All three texts can be considered explorations of striving against misery, oppression or discouragement. The three songs give the texts dramatic and ironic settings, with a flute solo interlude.