(for solo soprano, 1884)
The texts used in Calliope consists of selected phrases from The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein. Calliope is an attempt to approach music via litterature. A music where the spoken word remains a dominating feature throughout the piece and where all other layers (whether whisper, sprechstimme or song) are derived from the spoken line. Thus, the piece consists of a multiple of voices in what one could call an immanent heterophony. These various layers should be performed with different and distinct characters of expression.