Refuge was composed in West New York, NJ in 2015, and was officially premiered in February 27th 2016 at DiMenna Center of Classical Music in New York City, USA. This piece was chosen as one of the winners of “New Music for New York Composer Competition” held by Manhattan Choral Ensemble. At the day of the premiere, this piece also won the “Audience Favorite Recognition”. In other words, the audience voted for the best piece of the concert, and “Refuge” earned an encore performance and an additional prize. This setting of Sara Teasdale’s poem entitled “Refuge” evokes music as something like a refuge that allows the soul to truly speak. The harmonies are trying to express the meaning of all the words in the text.

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