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Friday
Feb242012

Beyond All Price — Hester’s Lullaby

2008 | soprano/piano

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

Thursday
Mar012012

Birdsong

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 | soprano or mezzo-soprano/alto saxophone

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 | soprano or mezzo-soprano/alto saxophone

Poem by Joyce Sutphen

To watch mezzo-soprano Karyn Friedman and saxophonist Gary Louie performing this song, please click here.
Friday
Feb102012

Captivity

Song cycle: The Polishers of Brass; Books; The Struggle.

2002, revised in 2004, 2007 and 2008 | soprano/trumpet

Poems by Toi Derricotte, approximately 7 minutes.

Originally 5 settings: The Minks; The Struggle; Books; The Polishers of Brass; The Weakness

Revised again in 2007 into 2 separate cycles. Published in June 2008, as Captivity, with 3 songs as shown above. The other 2 songs will be reworked with piano and published at a later date.

Friday
Feb102012

Chèvrefeuille

2011, revised in 2013| SSA and piano

Poem by Dick Davis, approximately 4 1/2 minutes long.

Commissioned by The Randolph College Chorale, under the direction of Randall Speer. Premiered on April 28, 2011, in the Wimberly Recital Hall, Randolph College, Lynchburg, Virginia.

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