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Within These Spaces

Song cycle: I Grow to be My Grandmother; My Mother Has Recovered; Letter to my Daughter; The China Cup; Pioneer Child’s Doll

2002 | soprano/piano

Poems by Marjorie Saiser, Janet Coleman and Judith Sornberger, approx. 16 minutes.

Commissioned by The Nebraska Music Teachers Association.

Recorded on Within These Spaces.


Without The Power to Vote

2016 SATB Vocal Quartet (a cappella)

Song 2 of cycle Are Women People?

Text from a speech by Susan B. Anthony

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



Ye People of New England — Dimmesdale’s confession

2008 | tenor/piano

From The Scarlet Letter

Libretto by David Mason

In Act Two, Scene Two of The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale have plotted their escape from the confining judgment of their community. As the town celebrates Election Day and the lovers prepare to leave with their daughter, Pearl, they are confronted by Hester’s estranged husband. Feeling his own body failing and worried that he will die without confessing his sin, Arthur mounts the scaffold. — David Mason



2013 | soprano/oboe/piano

Poem by Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger

translated from the German by Jerry Glenn and Florian Birkmayer, with Helene Silverblatt and Irene Silverblatt

Song 2 of In Sleep The World Is Yours

Premiere on May 12, 2014 at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA.

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance, Mina Miller, Artistic Director.


Yes, That’s The Way Things Are

1996 | soprano/alto saxophone; soprano/clarinet or soprano/bassoon

Poem by "Koleba" (Kosek, Löwy, and Bachner), children killed in the Holocaust.


Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • there should be an accent on the first note
  • in the sax part, I now prefer a rest on beat 4, letting the voice enter alone
  • there can be a bit of a slow down into m. 21 but take the tempo up again in m. 25
  • at the end of 31, the voice can take a little time setting up the downbeat in the next measure. * The tempo should resume in m. 32 and the ba-da-dums should be sung with a carefree attitude.
  • m. 43, the dynamic in the sax part should read mp not mf
  • m. 50, the sax can take some time and really sock the note in m. 51
  • from m. 58 to m. 59 there should be a cresc. into m. 59. The first note in m. 59 should have an accent.
  • ideally, the "k" of "park" should end with the sax staccato

You Ask Me

1993, rev. 1994 | soprano/cello

Poem by Kenneth Rexroth

Song 4 of The Love Poems of Marichiko


Some newer editions may already have these corrections.



You Know This

2011 | tenor/piano

A motet by Eugenio Montale, in translation by Dana Gioia.

Song 4 of cycle Dark Spring


You Leave Me Bent

2016 | mezzo-soprano/piano

Poem by Dana Gioia

Cabaret Song. Premiered 1.24.16 at the Redline Gallery in Denver, CO with mezzo-soprano Danielle Lombardi, Young Artist at Opera Colorado, accompanied by Lori Laitman.


You, Father

2002, rev.2003, rev. 2010 | baritone/piano trio or mezzo-soprano with piano trio. There are also baritone and mezzo versions with flute instead of violin.

Poem by Anne Ranasinghe

Song 2 of Fathers

Baritone version premiered by Music of Remembrance, Benaroya Hall, April 2003 and mezzo version premiered by Music of Remembrance in March 2010.

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