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Friday
Mar022012

A Birth

2006, Revised 2017 | soprano/piano

Poem by James Dickey

Song 3 of River of Horses

Commissioned by Jean del Santo, University of Minnesota.

Not yet published/premiered.

Friday
Mar022012

A Blessing

2006, Revised 2017 | soprano/piano

Poem by James Wright

Song 2 of River of Horses

Commissioned by Jean del Santo, University of Minnesota.

Not yet published/premiered.

Monday
Jul152013

A Brown Girl Dead

2013, rev. 2017 | countertenor/piano

Poem by Countee Cullen (1903-1946). Poems used by permission of the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, LA. Premiere: December 13, 2013, Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI, with Darryl Taylor, countertenor and Kathryn Goodson, piano.

Song 1 of Sable Pride

Commissioned by Darryl Taylor.

 

Wednesday
Feb292012

A Letter to Emily Dickinson

2003 | soprano and piano

Poem by Annie Finch

Song 2 of Fresh Patterns

Commissioned by Steven Jordheim for Alisa Jordheim.

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • The last note in the RH of the piano in m. 22 should be a G natural.
  • In m. 62, the voice should be marked forte.
Tuesday
Feb282012

A Letter to my Daughter

1998 | mezzo-soprano and piano trio

Poem by Anne Ranasinghe

Song 3 of Daughters

Commissioned by pianist Kirsten Taylor.

To purchase Patricia Green, Juliette Kang, Thomas Kraines and Kirsten Taylor performing this song, please click here

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • in the score, the tremolo marking was not correct -- there were 2 lines instead of 3 going across the stem of the note, which was confusing in the cello part in measures 21, 22 and 30, and similarly for all the violin measures with tremolo indication. It is now corrected.

  • piano part, measures 1, 2, 3, and 4 should have an F natural in the right hand chord, not an F sharp

  • in measures 140, 141, 142, 143, 145, 146 the right hand piano chord should also contain an F natural, not an F sharp.

  • m. 147 - the chord should be the same as the previous chord in the right hand, namely, a C sharp, F natural, G sharp and another C sharp on top.

  • m. 148, this chord is actually correct - the F sharp here really is an F sharp.

INSTRUCTIONS for converting this vocal line to a soprano line (although tessitura will still remain low)

The low Bb in m. 23 could be taken up an octave.

the B in m. 104 and first quarter D in m. 105 could be taken up an octave.

m. 120 last note and m. 121 and first two beats of m. 122 can be sung an octave up.

m. 138-139: take up an octave

Friday
Mar022012

A Load of Shoes

2004 | baritone or mezzo-soprano/cello/piano

Poem by Vilna Ghetto survivor Abraham Sutzkever,translated by C.K. Williams

Song 2 of The Seed of Dream

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance, Seattle, WA.

To purchase Erich Parce, Amos Yang and Mina Miller performing this song, please click here

Click here to see a YouTube video from a live performance at St. Katerine Catheral in Vilnius, Lithuania on Jan 27, 2009. The video features baritone Stein Skjervold (Norway), cellist Tom Collingwood (UK) and pianist Sonata Zuboviene (Lithuania).

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • Tempo should be 88 to a dotted quarter
  • Piano dynamic in m. 109 should be p or mp
  • cello part
    • m. 36, there should be a slide up from the F to the F
    • m. 122, there should be a slur on the B to the E
    • the last two measures should be an octave down
Saturday
Feb252012

A Model Ghetto

2010 | boychoir/mezzo-soprano/tenor/clarinet/violin/cello and piano

Libretto by David Mason

From the Vedem oratorio

To purchase the mp3 from Amazon, featuring The Northwest Boychoir and Music of Remembrance, please click here

Monday
Feb062012

A Pastoral Lament

2007 baritone/piano or mezzo-soprano/piano or countertenor/piano

Poem by John Wood.

Song 2 of cycle And Music Will Not End

Commissioned by the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations.

To purchase the recording with Randall Scarlata and Lori Laitman, please click here

Thursday
Mar012012

A Small Tin Parrot Pin

2000 | countertenor, mezzo-soprano or baritone/piano

Poem by Thomas Lux

Song 3 of Men with Small Heads

Commissioned by Dr. Adelaide Whitaker.

To purchase Randall Scarlata and Lori Laitman performing this song, click here

To purchase Andrew Garland and Donna Loewy performing this song, click here

Click here to see a performance of this song by baritone Andrew Garland and pianist Donna Loewy on YouTube

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • m. 57 in the voice part, there should not be a decrescendo.
  • from the pickup to m. 64 to the pickup to m. 70, it should also read "somewhat freely."
  • m. 70 the piano part dynamic should be mf (not mp). In m. 72 the piano part dynamic should be mf or f. In m. 76, there should be an accent on the first piano note.
  • m. 81, the indication "gentle" should appear an eighth beat sooner.
  • m. 98 -101, there should be a crescendo. "I am very" in m. 100 and 101 should be loud in the voice; the piano part in m. 101 should be mf.
  • The dynamics in the last 2 measures should be mf or slightly less in the voice.
Thursday
Dec292016

A Suggested Campaign Song

2016 SATB Vocal Quartet/Piano 4-Hands

Poem by Alice Duer Miller.

Song 1 of cycle Are Women People?

Commissioned by The Hanson Institute for American Music at the Eastman School of Music and the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership. 

Premiere: March 15, 2017, Kilbourn Hall at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

For the premiere, two vocal quartets were used: one for the a cappella songs, the other for the songs with accompaniment. Both quartets joined to sing The 19th Amendment.

Quartet 1: Sara Neally, soprano; Carolena Lara, mezzo soprano; Marcus Jefferson, tenor; Keith Klein, baritone

Quartet 2: Addie Rose Brown, soprano; Judith Prenzlow, mezzo soprano; Kameron Ghanavati, tenor; Adam Wells, baritone

Pianists: Rosanna Egge and Jeremy Vigil Conductor: Edo Frenkel