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by Frank A. Wallace

sixteen songs for mezzo-soprano and guitar, op. 39; poems by Nancy Knowles

Preview: a sample PDF of Syzygy

Lyrics: Poetry by Nancy Knowles

Written: 2006

Duration: 38 minutes; 44 pages

Instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and classical guitar (10-string optional)

Difficulty level: difficult

Vocal range: A3 – G5 [one high Bb]

Language: English

World premiere: June 20, 2006 at Star Island by Duo LiveOak

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Copyright ©2015 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
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Syzygy was written in the winter of 2006. The performance in the video, from an April 2008 Duo LiveOak performance at Cal State Fullerton, is a selection of 10 songs and short readings from Nancy Knowles’ play Luna. Knowles looks at the healing power of art through the story of her mother, an artist who survived multiple tragedies, painting her way well into her nineties. The song cycle begins with:


What is greatness, if not the shedding
of lesser stuff
if not the daring to be alone

Content simply
to play,
fool around
with divine mischief?

A burst here
a sigh there,
slow and fast
and lingering
long enough
for all
to join the fun,
the wonder

by Nancy Knowles

Read complete lyrics on this PDF document: Syzygy by Nancy Knowles