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Deep Sea Diver
For Bass Voice and Piano

Deep Sea Diver is the first of three songs for bass voice about the ocean depths. The second and third songs set poems by Walt Whitman and Rudyard Kipling respectively. These songs are part of a larger project, a rhapsodic work for bass voice and orchestra, telling the story of the human experience exploring the deep oceans through the words of the remarkable explorer and biologist William Beebe (1877-1962).

Robert Francis (1901 - 1987) was an American poet and friend of Robert Frost. Indeed, Frost said of Francis that he was America's ‘best

neglected poet'. Francis produced just six collections of poetry, a novel and an autobiography of his early life. His poem Deep Sea Diver was inspired by William Beebe's broadcast on national radio of one of his descents in the bathysphere off Nonesuch Island in the Bermudas. This Beebe recorded in his book Half Mile Down, from which the orchestral work takes its text. Beebe was well known to Francis through his many books recording his undersea exploration, notably his helmet diving adventures off the Galapagos Islands and Haiti.

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