A Patchen Cycle was written as a birthday present for my dear wife Josephine. The quality of these beautiful texts, with their flinty richness, urbanity, gravity and seriousness paint, for me, a portrait of what real love is: passionate, devoted, fiercely loyal, ravishingly sensual, earthy yet deeply spiritual also. The texts were very challenging for me to set and at various points caused immense difficulty. My only hope is that these points of stress in the making do not show in the telling.
The cycle – with all of its moods, emotions, thoughts and feelings – is dedicated with love to my beautiful wife and unrelentingly supportive life companion, Josephine.