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Tuesday
Nov282017

When You Have To Make A Poo

2017 | voice/piano

Lyrics by Lori Laitman.

Song 2 of cycle Short Songs for Edward

 

Composed in November 2017 for my grandson Edward Milton Rosenblum.

Friday
Mar022012

Wider than the Sky

2002 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 2 of Two Dickinson Songs

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

"Wider than the Sky"

  • mm. 1-2: in the piano, the C on the first beats should ring through the measures.
  • m. 2: voice: the rest should be written as a whole rest.
  • m.8: “push tempo a bit” should start on beat 2.
  • m. 10: “relax tempo a little” should start on beat 1.
  • m. 34: “bell-like” description should be added to the piano.
  • mm. 39-40: piano — hold the pedal through these 2 measures.
Tuesday
Feb282012

Wild Nights

1995 | soprano/piano

Poem by Emily Dickinson

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Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • the opening dynamic for the singer should be a forte
  • on p. 33 (the second page of the song) there is an incorrrect rhythm in the right hand piano part. This is in m. 15 of the song (which in older editions is incorrectly marked m. 25). The rhythms should be eighth rest, quarter chord, eighth rest, half note.
  • in m. 37, the tempo should start a bit under a tempo and ramp up to speed, coming to a sudden halt on the eighth note before m. 41
  • The measure numbers are incorrect in some earlier versions. Measure 13 was numbered measure 23 and the mistake compounded. This is now corrected.
  • in m. 37, the tempo should start a bit under a tempo and ramp up to speed, coming to a sudden halt on the eighth note before m. 41 (which in older editions is incorrectly marked m. 51). In addition, from m. 39-40 (marked incorrectly 49-50 in older editions), there should be a crescendo (not a decrescendo) leading into the slow section.
  • If you'd like, you can slide down an extra half step on the last glissando
Wednesday
Feb292012

Will There Really Be a Morning?

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

Poem by Emily Dickinson

Song 1 of Four Dickinson Songs

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • from m. 1 to m. 2, I prefer a little push in the tempo, and a slight crescendo, going towards the word "morning” — to be followed by a tiny relaxation and diminuendo. The same intent goes for measures 3-4.
  • In m. 8, there should be a poco rit. in the piano part, with an a temp directly on m. 9. Similarly, a poco rit. in m. 17, with an a tempo directly on m. 18. m. 21, in the voice part, there should be a tenuto marking over the word "please."
Saturday
Feb052011

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.

Thursday
Dec292016

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. 

 

Friday
Feb242012

Ye People of New England — Dimmesdale’s confession

2008, rev. 2016, final aria revisions 2018 | 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

 

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Thursday
Aug152013

Yes

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.

Thursday
Mar012012

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.

Errata

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
Friday
Mar022012

You Ask Me

1993, rev. 1994 | soprano/cello

Poem by Kenneth Rexroth

Song 4 of The Love Poems of Marichiko

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

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