I've been a fan of Edgar Allan Poe my whole life and I love his vivid use of language. The poems I've chosen for this song cycle are poems of love with blank spaces in the titles. Poe's words are a joy to set to music, and I've arranged them to tell a story of discovering love, losing love, and falling head over heels. I encourage the performer to first get to know the words, then relate them to his own experiences in order to perform them with genuine emotion. To Whom? is dedicated to my own unnamed muse.
for baritone and piano
Approx. 9 min.