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Ria Munk I 02:46
Ria Munk I O close and coin my eyes For I have seen the last light Lay me down on poppy sheets Oblivion my caul Balm my lips Nepenthe's kiss So grief can find me not O close and coin my eyes For I have seen the last light In the velvet blue-lined casket Roses round my head Crownèd queen I star-bound sleep On cushioned palanquin O close and coin my eyes For I have seen the last light
Ria Munk II 02:56
Ria Munk II Where goes my gaze but to my love Where? To the poet with cravat and cigar Where? To the painter who forms one from two Where goes my gaze but to my love Who holds the marigolds with swan soft hands Who? She, the lover with ghost gauzed visage Who? She, the dancer unveiling her pleasures Who holds the marigolds with swan soft hands? Incandescence or shadow-shine Poppy in water or Lethe-soaked stone Flower gown or kimono shroud Did I dance or did I die? When will the roses wraithed crack ope’ our mirror? When? 'Soon as diamonds transmute into spears When? 'Soon as two, not one, we women seen Then will the roses wraithed crack ope’ our mirror!
Ria Munk III 02:50
Ria Munk III I begin and end in death Like a rose-wraithed Ouroboros Remember, remember My daggers, not diamonds Remember, remember My smile so sought the scythe Charcoal ghost smoked Urned in ash My faint frame Unfinished Remember, Remember My lilies bunched, be-withered Remember, remember My nocturne sung as swan Like a rose-wraithed Ouroboros I begin and end in death


Lacy Rose’s song cycle, “Ria,” is a meditation on three portraits of Ria Munk by the Viennese painter, Gustav Klimt. Ria was unlucky in love: when her fiancé broke off their engagement, a heartbroken Ria took her own life, shooting herself in the chest on December 28, 1911. Her mother hired Klimt to paint her daughter’s posthumous portrait. The mother complained that the first portrait portrayed Ria as “too dead.” She found the second too sensuous, as it depicted Ria’s robe hanging open, revealing her breasts. Perhaps fittingly, Gustav Klimt died before he could finish the third.

The three movements of Lacy Rose’s “Ria” song cycle are inspired by Klimt’s portraits. The first movement begins inside the painting, Ria Munk I, with Ria asking her bereavers to "close and coin her eyes." In the second movement, inspired by Ria Munk II (also known as “The Dancer”), the woman "who holds the marigolds with swan-soft hands" asks the spectator to ponder her double identity and origin of inspiration. For the third movement, the unfinished figure in Ria Munk III exclaims that she "begins and ends in death."


released December 28, 2018

Music for “Ria” was recorded at Oktaven Audio by producer Ryan Streber (June 2018)

Lacy Rose (Music, Lyrics) - www.Lacyrosemusic.com
John K. Stone (string arrangements) - www.johnkstone.com
Lacy Rose, Alaina Ferris (vocals)
Theresa Salomon, Mariya Polishchuk (violin)
Ron Lawrence (viola)
Maria Jeffers (cello)


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Lacy Rose is a NYC-based classically trained vocalist, composer and poet.

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