Lovelost is based on seven interior fragments of Whitman's poem Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking. It depicts an eventually desperate and vain search for one's mate and a growing awareness and acceptance of loss. The work was completed with support from the Knight Foundation and was premiered at the Society of Composers National Conference at the University of Iowa in April of 1995.

Filled with musical allusions to the text, of particular note are the backdrop of instumental waves in the second fragment, the primal urgency of the centerpiece, and the frantic birdcalls preceding the conclusion, all of which are framed within a flickering constellation of sounds depicting the solitude of night.

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