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Friday
Mar022012

An Amethyst Remembrance

2006 | versions for all voice types with piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 1 of The Perfected Life

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Friday
Feb102012

Between the Bliss and Me

Song cycle: I gained it so, The Book, I could not prove

1997 | soprano/piano

Poems by Emily Dickinson, 5 minutes long.

Commissioned by Dr. Adelaide Whitaker.

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Friday
Mar022012

Dear March

2006 | versions for all voice types with piano 

Poem by Emily Dickinson 

Song 2 of The Perfected Life

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Wednesday
Feb292012

Fresh Patterns

2003 | 2 sopranos and piano

Texts from Emily Dickinson and Annie Finch.

Song 3 of Fresh Patterns

Commissioned by Steven Jordheim for Alisa Jordheim.

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • m. 113: top soprano line should be forte by the word “apart.” Similarly, bottom vocal line should be forte by the word “today” in m. 116.

TEMPO CHANGE:

Upon revisiting this song, I found that the quarter=176 marking in m. 68 is too fast. I would suggest quarter =144, and then adjust following markings down accordingly.

Friday
Mar022012

Good Morning Midnight

2002 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 1 of Two Dickinson Songs

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

[None]

Thursday
Mar012012

Hope is a Strange Invention

2003 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 2 of One Bee And Revery

Sunday
Feb262012

I gained it so

1997 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 1 of Between the Bliss and Me

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • m. 18 and m. 22, the decrescendo in the voice part should be removed.
  • m. 27, the last note in the voice part should be a C SHARP.
  • The original poem has dashes in the poetry. I will include these in the next printed versions. For now, here's a copy of the poem.

I gained it so —
By Climbing slow —
By Catching at the Twigs that grow
Between the Bliss — and me —
It hung so high
As well the Sky
Attempt by Strategy —

I said I gained it —
This — was all —
Look, how I clutch it
Lest it fall —
And I a Pauper go —
Unfitted by an instant's Grace
For the Contented — Beggar's face
I wore — an hour ago —

Thursday
Mar012012

I Stepped From Plank To Plank

2010 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 2 of In This Short Life

Wednesday
Feb292012

If I...

1996 | soprano/piano or mezzo-soprano/piano version; contralto/piano version in progress

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 4 of Four Dickinson Songs

Also see Bruce Rosenblum's choral arrangement of this piece.

Listen to Lori Laitman and Jennifer Holbrook perform "If I...".

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • You can push the tempo from m. 1 into m. 2 if you like.
  • in the piano solo from m. 22 - 30, the melody should be brought out, and the pianist should relax the tempo from the pickup to m. 28 until the downbeat of m. 30.
  • from m. 38-39, there can be a slight broadening.
  • In newer versions I am much more specific regarding pedal markings. If you'd like a complete listing, please email me. Otherwise, the most important detail is to hold the piano pedal down for the last 2 measures of the song, so that the low E flat sound remains.
Sunday
Mar062011

If I...

2004 | chorus

Arrangement by Bruce Rosenblum, from the last song in my Four Dickinson Songs.