Robert Ashley

Robert Ashley (1930–2014) was an American composer best known for his operas and other theatrical works, many of which incorporate electronics. She Was A Visitor is the Epilogue to his opera that morning thing, written after the deaths of three female friends. It was intended to be understood as a form of rumour, with the chorus divided into groups, each headed by a leader. A lone speaker repeats the title sentence throughout the entire performance. The separate phonemes of this sentence are picked up freely by the group leaders and are relayed to the group members, who sustain them softly and for the duration of one natural breath.