Welladay! Welladay! Wayward Love Songs

Ceremonial Music
for voice(s), piano trio, artists

“New songs from the exquisite and off-kilter mind of composer Byron Au Yong.”
~Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly

Welladay! Welladay! Wayward Love Songs sweeps through 36 poems by James Joyce, published in a collection called Chamber Music in 1907. Despite the exclamation points in the title, Welladay! Welladay! is a quiet work. The intimate, variable music nods to love as well as the orphans and unwed mothers who lived in Seattle’s Good Shepherd Center from 1907 to 1973. Crumpled letters and laundered bed sheets provide touchstones for the performance.

Audio Excerpts

available on Bandcamp

Duration: circa one hour
Commissioned and presented by Nonsequitur
2013 Premiere at Chapel Performance Space in Seattle
2016 Performance at Westminster Choir College in Princeton

Score (Buy Sheet Music)

Musical Sections
1 all softly playing
2 ring-around in glee
3 sweetly, gently, secretly
4 made tremulous
5 lightly, lightly... ever so
6 after the whirling

6 love at first is all afraid
5 she is a stranger to me now
4 be at peace again
3 walk together
2 lay aside sadness and sing
1 speak to your heart

Creative Team
Betsy Baeskens Giri, voice
Tari Nelson-Zagar, violin
Lori Goldston, cello
Tiffany Lin, piano
Bianca Ana Chavez, artist
Linda Ando, project manager
Susie J Lee, pre-show video

Special Thanks
Anthony Farin, Frye Art Museum, Jen Graves, greencitypix, Historic Seattle, Vivian Huang, Soyon Im, InterIm Community Development Association, Paul Kikuchi, Wes Kim, Michelle Kumata, Alan Lau, Leslie Morishita, Nelly Schaffner, Szymek Zaleski