On Saturday, April 22 at MiMoDa in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Composers Collective will be presenting performances of new works for two sopranos, bassoon and various instruments. I am honored to be a part of this artistic endeavor. My setting of the poem “The Road Not Taken” will be one of the pieces performed. It will be performed by two sopranos, bassoon, and cello.
“The Road Not Taken” (1916) by Robert Frost is a very important poem to many people because it talks about choosing to go one’s own way in life. It’s a poem my mother has always loved. She introduced me to it at an early age and I believe it has had a very positive impact on my life. That’s why in gratitude I’ve decided to dedicate this composition to her.
“The Road Not Taken” (1916)
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
LACC website: www.lacomposerscollective.org