- CDR 90000 091
The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the album
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My idea for this disc is to share some of the best and most varied current literature for voice and piano. The composers represented here include well-recognized and less familiar names, all of whom are living. They take their inspiration from poems and prose both ancient and modern, exotic and mundane. They rework time-honored musical forms and develop new ones. Their compositional methods range from simple to virtuosic.
Several works are strongly jazz-inflected, one is raga-inflected, one is a tango, another features a blues pattern. Neo-classicism, post-romanticism, and tone row construction are included among the compositional methods. The program is balanced between stand-alone songs and small groups, the centerpiece being the cycle Dove Sta Amore by John Musto. Subject matter ranges from sober to fanciful. Two-thirds of these pieces have never been recorded, and one (“Light Feet”) was written for me.