Opus 13 (2014) – Meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1) for Voice and Piano

Recorded on 10/10/15 by Nathan Straub (Voice) and Travis Mallett (piano) at the WSU Recording Studio.
Program Notes


Ecclesiastes continually repeats the nihilistic refrain:

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

Opus 18 was composed at the beginning of 2014. It uses whole-tone scales and its overall construction is a pesudo-palindrome. The text is also structured to generally form a palindrome.

Sheet Music

Travis Mallett, Opus 14 – Ecclesiastes 1