Love and the Butterfly is the first release in a series of Art Songs that I have composed to English poetry from the period 1850-1950.
It is a musical setting of a poem by Alice Dunbar Nelson (July 19, 1875 – September 18, 1935), an American poet, journalist, and political activist. Among the first generation born free in the South after the Civil War, she was one of the prominent African Americans involved in the artistic flourishing of the Harlem Renaissance. She achieved prominence as a poet, author of short stories and dramas, newspaper columnist, and editor of two anthologies.
The song is interpreted by the soprano Annie Fassea.
“The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”
— Song of Songs 2:12