Vocal Works (solo and ensemble)

We Two Boys, song on the poem by Walt Whitman, for baritone and piano, (2013) c. 4-5 min. Commissioned privately for a memorial.

 

When I Am Gone Away, song on a poem my Christina Rossetti, for lyric soprano or tenor and piano, (2012) c. 3 min. World premiere sung by Courtney Ross on October 14, at Emmanuel UCC, Hanover PA.

 

This Too Shall Pass, song duet for tenor and baritone, on a poem by Aaron Alarcón and Jorge Martín, (2012) c. 8 min. Commissioned by the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, TX.

 

City of Orgies, Walks and Joys! song on a poem by Walt Whitman, for two singers (mezzo and tenor, other arrangements available), piano and violin (2011) c. 6 min. Commissioned by the 5 Boroughs Music Festival, premiere in Brooklyn, Oct. 6, 2011 at the Galapagos Space. Also: November 12, 2011 Queens Town Hall; January 12, 2012 at Baruch Performing Arts Center

 

So Beautiful, song cycle, 7 poems by Orhan Veli Kanik (trans. Richard Schwarzenberger and Grace Martin Smith) for medium voice and piano (2011), dur, c. 10 min.

 

To a Stranger, song cycle, 5 poems by Walt Whitman for baritone and piano (2010), dur. c. 8.5 min. The poems are from the “Calamus” series in Leaves of Grass.

 

La Soga, song for mezzo-soprano and piano, in Spanish, words by the composer (2006) composed for Mary Nessinger and Jeanne Golan at their request for a performance and recording project, dur. 4 min. Recorded by these artists on the Albany label (Troy 1113) “Innocence Lost.”

 

Spoken With the Hands, a song for baritone and piano (2004) (uses sign language) composed at the request of Marcus DeLoach, for a performance project, poem by Dan Bellm, dur. 5 min.

 

Two Rilke Songs, for baritone and piano, (2004) private commission, dur. 6 minutes, in German (“Herbst” and “Liebeslied”) public premiere by William Stone and Joseph Colaneri on May 22, 2005 at Dizzy’s Club Lincoln Center as part of Janice Mayer and Associates’ 10th Anniversary Concert “New Vistas” benefiting Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS

 

A Cuban in Vermont, Five Simple Songs, for mezzo-soprano or soprano and piano, (2003) dur. c. 13 minutes. Words by the composer. Commissioned by the Vermont Music Teachers Association. World premiere October 25, 2003 in Boston with Jessica Grigg, mezzo-soprano and Jorge Martín, piano; March 13, 2005 Jessica Grigg and David Holkeboer, Middlebury College, VT; May 20, 2007 Elizabeth Caballero and Leesa Dahl, Berkeley, CA; June 12, 2010 Elizabeth Caballero and Elaine Rinaldi, at First Presbyterian Church of Miami, FL. “Nocturno” is featured in the film “Voices From Mariel.”

 

Plundered Hearts, two songs for baritone and piano, (2002) dur. 14-15 minutes, poems by J. D. McClatchy, written for Thomas Meglioranza, commissioned by Rochana Muenthongchin for Concert Artists Guild and written for Thomas Meglioranza, with additional support from Bradford and Dorothea Endicott and Heidrun Rotterdam.

Performances: Weill Hall, New York City, April 15, 2003; Grinnell, Iowa, April 19, 2003
Poughkeepsie, NY, October 5, 2003; Aspen Music Festival, Aug. 7, 2003, Ryan McKinney & Tomoko Uchino
Beacon, NY, Oct. 5, 2003, Meglioranza & Chang; Rockefeller University, NY, Jan. 30, 2004, Meglioranza & Chang
Thalia, Symphony Space, NY, Feb. 9, 2006, Meglioranza & Reiko Uchida

 

The Darkling Thrush, for soprano, flute and piano, (2002) dur. 12 minutes, poem by Thomas Hardy, written for Hyunah Yu, soprano, Karen Kevra, flute and Jeffrey Chappell, piano, commissioned by Capital City Concerts. First performance January 11, 2003 in Montpelier, Vermont.

also arranged for soprano, violin and piano (2011)

 

Demeter and Persephone: the Mother to her Daughter Recovered from Death, (1999-2000) a dramatic monologue for soprano and piano, poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 38 min.

 

Homage, a song for soprano and piano, (1998) on a poem by Dan Bellm, 12 min.

 

Of Fathers and Sons, a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano, (1997) on three poems by Dan Bellm: “Damage” (c. 2.5 min.), “Lament” (c. 8.5 min.), and “Before Words” (c. 7 min.), total c. 18 min.

 

The Glass Hammer, a cycle of 15 songs for baritone and piano, (1995-7) poetry by Andrew Hudgins, c. 65 min. Recording released by Koch International Classics (KIC 7519), with baritone Sanford Sylvan and pianist David Breitman. Premiere tour by Sanford Sylvan, baritone and David Breitman, piano: Feb. 26, 2000 New London, CT, World Premiere; Mar. 2, 2000 Middlebury, VT (Sylvan/Breitman); Mar. 4, 2000 Burlington, VT (Sylvan/Breitman); May 5, 2000 presentation by Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, NY (Sylvan/Breitman); Jan. 31, 2002 Vocal Arts Society, Washington DC (Sylvan/Breitman); Feb. 6, 8, 10, 2002 Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, NJ (Sylvan/Breitman); Sept. 12, 2003 Oberlin Artist Recital Series, Oberlin, OH (Sylvan/Breitman); March 6, 2008 by Jonathan Hays, baritone, and Craig Ketter, piano, at Brooklyn College, NY; June 28, 2008 at Long Leaf Opera Festival, Chapel Hill, NC (Hays/Ketter); November 6, 2009 at Rubendall Recital Hall in Dickinson College, Harrisburg, PA (Hays/Ketter)

 

Love Portions, a song for soprano and piano, (1991) poem by Joan Van Poznak, dur. c. 4 min., commissioned by Karen Van Poznak, premièred at the Trinity Church on Wall Street, April 2, 1991 with Karen Van Poznak singing and Arlene Shrut at the piano; at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, Sept. 24, 1991.