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Friday
Mar022012

Beneath the Whiteness of Your Stars

2004 | baritone or mezzo-soprano/cello/piano

Poem by Vilna Ghetto survivor Abraham Sutzkever,translated by Leonard Wolf

Song 4 of The Seed of Dream

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance, Seattle, WA.

To purchase the mp3 with Erich Parce, Amos Yang and Mina Miller, 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. It features baritone Stein Skjervold (Norway), cellist Tom Collingwood (UK) and pianist Sonata Zuboviene (Lithuania).

Errata

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • m.2 should be identical to m. 1. The G on beat 2 should be a G sharp.
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.

To purchase the CD with Jennifer Check and Warren Jones performing these songs, please click here

Friday
Feb242012

Beyond All Price — Hester’s Lullaby

2008, rev. 2016, final aria revisions 2018 | soprano/piano

There also is an arrangement for soprano and guitar, and the PDF will be sold on my site at MusicaNeo.com

Libretto by David Mason

From The Scarlet Letter  

At the end of Act One, Scene Two of The Scarlet Letter, Hester is alone in her jail cell with her sleeping baby, having just been confronted by her estranged husband, whom she had until that day assumed was dead. This is the moment when her love for her daughter, Pearl, overwhelms her, and she vows to do everything in her power, despite the morality of her community and her husband’s desire for revenge, to protect and nurture her child.

— David Mason

 

This aria is for sale with the following options:

Hard copy available through Glendower Jones and classicalvocalrep.com. Click here to purchase.

PDF copy available through MusicaNeo. Click here to purchase.

If you purchased this aria prior to 5.4.18, please amend Hester's line as follows:

 

m. 15 — add mp at end of diminuendo

m. 36  — add diminuendo to Hester’s line

m. 46 — add forte to beat 2

m. 57 — erase dim

m. 58  — erase mf

m. 59 — erase f

Thursday
Mar012012

Birdsong

1996, rev. 2018 | soprano/alto saxophone; soprano/clarinet or soprano/bassoon

Poem by an anonymous child killed in the Holocaust.

In 2018, I bought back my copyright for this work, and came out with a new edition.

To purchase the PDF of I Never Saw Another Butterfly for soprano with saxophone, please click here.

To purchase the PDF of I Never Saw Another Butterfly for soprano with clarinet, please click here.

To purchase the PDF of I Never Saw Another Butterfly for soprano with bassoon, please click here.

Hard copies are available for purchase at www.classicalvocalrep.com.

For soprano with saxophone, click here.

For soprano with clarinet, click here.

For soprano with bassoon, click here

For recording licenses, please email me at lori@artsongs.com.

 

To purchase soprano Lauren Wagner and saxophonist Gary Louie performing this song, please click here

To purchase soprano Maureen McKay and clarinetist Laura DeLuca performing this song, please click here

To purchase soprano Hila Plitmann and clarinetist Julian Bliss performing this song, please click here

To purchase soprano Elisabeth Halliday and saxophonist Zach Herchen's CD including this song, please click here.

To purchase soprano Eileen Mager and bassoonist John Friedeman performing this song, please click here

Wednesday
Feb292012

Blue Iris

2003 | soprano/piano

Poems by Mary Oliver, approximately 9 minutes in length.

Song 2 of Early Snow

Commissioned by Dr. Adelaide Whitaker.

Click here to purchase Jennifer Check and Warren Jones performing this song

Sunday
Feb262012

Books

2002, revised in 2004, 2007 and 2008 | soprano/trumpet Poem by Toi Derricotte Song 2 of Captivity (originally song 3 of 5)
Sunday
Feb262012

Both your Mothers

1996, rev. 1998| baritone/doublebass or baritone/cello

Poem by Jerzy Ficowski, translated by Keith Bosley
To purchase William Sharp and Gary Karr performing this song, click here
To purchase Dashon Burton and Logan Coale performing this song, click here.

Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

  • m. 150 -- the second note in the bass part is a concert E flat, not an E natural

Thursday
Mar012012

Bring on the Rain

2001, rev. 2017 | soprano or mezzo-soprano/alto saxophone — also available with clarinet accompaniment

Poem by Joyce Sutphen
To watch mezzo-soprano Karyn Friedman and saxophonist Gary Louie performing this song, please click here.
Thursday
Aug152013

Building A House

2012 | soprano/piano

Poem by Joyce Sutphen (current Poet Laureate of Minnesota)

Commissioned by Opera America, to celebrate the opening of the National Opera Center in NYC.

The Opera America Songbook collection is published by Schott, and can be ordered online by clicking here

To purchase the Opera America CD set, please click here

To purchase the recording with Jennifer Check and Lori Laitman, please click here

Thursday
Mar012012

Burning the Woods of my Childhood

2001, rev. 2017 | soprano or mezzo-soprano/alto saxophone. Also available with clarinet accompaniment.

Poem by Joyce Sutphen
To watch mezzo-soprano Karyn Friedman and saxophonist Gary Louie performing this song, please click here.
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