Polarity Op. 43, No. 2 by George N. Gianopoulos

An LA based composer, George's art song deals with the profound polarity of the contemporary American experience through poetry of Claude McKay.


Polarity by George N. Gianopoulos

Commissioners: Ronald & Sylvia Hartman

Baritone: Cedric Berry

Piano: Stephen Karr

Text: Claude McKay

A/V Editing: Stephen Karr




Nay, why reproach each other, be unkind,

For there's no plane on which we two may meet

Let's both forgive, forget, for both were blind,

And life is of a day, and time is fleet.

And I am fire, swift to flame and burn,

Melting with elements high overhead,

While you are water in an earthly urn,

All pure, but heavy, and of hue like lead.


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