"Daybreak in Alabama," a song cycle for voice & piano, sets four poems by Langston Hughes. Amy Bartram premiered the set and recorded it in 2009. Recently, Met opera soloist Molly Fillmore sang the cycle (and the premiere of a fifth song, "Quiet Girl") at the University of North Texas. MORE INFO
The Queen's Chamber Band commissioned several works for their 2007 showcase at Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center. "The River Is Moving" is performed by Robert Zubrycki (violin) and Peter Seidenberg (cello). Harpsichordist Elaine Comparone joins them for "A Touch of Bluegrass" to convey dueling banjos.
My songs in early styles set poems in French, Italian, English and German on the themes of nature, death and love. Performances/commissions include Parthenia, the New York Consort of Viols, and vocalists Amy Bartram, Jolle Greenleaf, Amaranta Viera, Sandra Wright and Molly Fillmore. Click for more
A setting of William Blake's poem from Songs of Innocence and of Experience, recorded live at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, NYC, 2009. Amy Bartram (soprano), Scott Wagner (viola), John Stone (piano)
A setting of Blake's "The Tyger." Amy Bartram (soprano), Scott Wagner (viola), John Stone (piano)
In "From Blossoms" (1993). I set Li-Young Lee's poem to music. In this 2009 performance at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery, NYC, I accompany soprano Amy Bartram from the piano.