David Lewin describes the soprano in this movement as representing a “Delphic voice,” one with a “mysterious identity and origins . . . an inner voice commenting from an otherworldly realm on love’s earthly battles.” Delphic is defined as something deliberately obscure and ambiguous.
This ethereal figure seems to emerge from the background texture as mysteriously and indistinctly as the voice enters and exits in the quartet. I modeled this physical representation on singer Alex Nessi, the soprano with whom I’ve been working while rehearsing the piece.