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Song cycleAgainst Still LifeI Was Reading A Scientific ArticleI Am Sitting on the Edge

2006, rev. 2017 | soprano/piano, also mezzo-soprano/piano version

Poems by Margaret Atwood, about 13 minutes long.

Jointly commissioned by The Howard Hanson Fund of The Eastman School and The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, and written expressly for soprano Eileen Strempel and pianist Sylvie Beaudette. This recording released spring 2010 on the Centaur Label: (In)Habitation: Settings of Margaret Atwood Poetry by American Women Composers.

Click here to watch soprano Maureen McKay and pianist/composer Lori Laitman perform this in concert from October 10, 2019.


Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

Song 3,“I Am Sitting on the Edge"

  • In the mezzo version, in m. 21, the B should be tied to a B.
  • In the soprano version, in m. 21, the C sharp should be tied to a C sharp.