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A swallowed bait was commissioned by Festival Internacional Cervantino 2014.

Sonnet 129
Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action, and till action, lust
Is perjured, murd’rous, bloody, full or blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;
Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had,
Past reason hated as a swallowed bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit and in possession so,
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe,
Before, a joy proposed, behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

William Shakespeare


12 minutes

Randall Scarlata (baritone) and Ensemble Redes, Festival Internacional Cervantino 2014, 13th October 2014

1 Baritone, 1 Flute (=Bass Flute), 1 Bass Clarinet in B-flat, 1 Percussion, 1 Guitar, 1 Violin, 1 Viola
Composition date


15 June 2024 Lippes Concert Hall, University Of Buffalo, USA

Nicholas Isherwood and Slee Sinfonietta (cond. James Baker)

13 October 2014 Teatreo Juarez, Gunajuato, Mexico Randall Scarlata (baritone), Ensemble Redes