My Sweet Mistress - (1989)
from "The Tempest"
for tenor and piano
Ferdinand: My sweet mistress,
she weeps when she sees me work.
My sweet mistress,
the mistress I serve quickens what's dead
and makes my labors pleasures!
There be some sports are painful!
And their labours delight in them.
Some kinds of baseness are nobly undergone.
My sweet mistress, she weeps for me.
[ 2 pages, circa 1' 00" ]
The part of the young lover, Ferdinand, is envisioned for a lyric tenor. This monologue captures his ardor for Miranda as she "weeps" for his labors.
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.
My sweet mistress