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American Songs

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American Songs

  • CDR 90000 091
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    • An Immorality (1952) (1:01)

    • LEE HOIBY (b. 1926)

      An Immorality (1952) (1:01)

    • What If (1986) (2:02)

    • What If (1986) (2:02)

    • The Message (1977) (3:12)*

    • The Message (1977) (3:12)*

    • The Shepherd (1987) (1:55)

    • The Shepherd (1987) (1:55)

    • In the Wand of the Wind (1952) (1:09)

    • In the Wand of the Wind (1952) (1:09)

    • O del mio dolce ardor - A Reimagining (revised 2001) (4:21)*

    • LAURIE ALTMAN (b. 1947)

      O del mio dolce ardor - A Reimagining (revised 2001) (4:21)*

    • Branch By Branch (1961) (1:53)

    • LESLIE ADAMS (b. 1933)

      Branch By Branch (1961) (1:53)

    • Homesick Blues (1988) (3:00)

    • Homesick Blues (1988) (3:00)

    • The Wider View (1988) (4:10)

    • The Wider View (1988) (4:10)

    • Who Has Seen the Wind (1999) (1:42)*

    • LITA GRIER (b. 1937)

      Who Has Seen the Wind (1999) (1:42)*

    • Perineo (1992) (5:10)

    • LIBBY LARSEN (b. 1950)

      Perineo (1992) (5:10)

    • Amarilli, mia bella (1997) (4:57)*

    • RICHARD PEARSON THOMAS (b. 1957)
      with Matthew Duvall, percussion

      Amarilli, mia bella (1997) (4:57)*

    • Beginning My Studies (1998) (4:15)*

    • ROBERT CARL (b. 1954)

      Beginning My Studies (1998) (4:15)*

    • Maybe (1:58)

    • JOHN MUSTO (b. 1954)

      Dove Sta Amore (1991) (16:05)*

      Maybe (1:58)

    • Sea Chest (1:45)

    • Sea Chest (1:45)

    • The Hangman at Home (2:56)

    • The Hangman at Home (2:56)

    • How Many Little Children Sleep (3:37)

    • How Many Little Children Sleep (3:37)

    • Dove sta amore... (5:29)

    • Dove sta amore... (5:29)

    • Gods World (3:14)

    • ERIC EWAZEN (b. 1954)

      Three Lyrics of Edna St. Vincent Millay (1991) (7:48)*

      Gods World (3:14)

    • Wraith (3:03)

    • Wraith (3:03)

    • Afternoon on a Hill (1:22)

    • Afternoon on a Hill (1:22)

    • Un petit d un petit (0:47)

    • DAN TUCKER (b. 1925)

      Mots d heures: gousses, rames (1983) (3:15)*
      Four Songs In Fraudulent French from Mother Goose

      Un petit d un petit (0:47)

    • Chacun Gille (0:41)

    • Chacun Gille (0:41)

    • Lit-elle messe moffette (0:31)

    • Lit-elle messe moffette (0:31)

    • Eau la quille ne colle (1:11)

    • Eau la quille ne colle (1:11)

    • Bingo (1997) (2:35)*

    • ROBERT BOWKER (b. 1945)

      Bingo (1997) (2:35)*

    • Light Feet (2002) (3:34)*

    • JOHN HARMON (b. 1935)

      Light Feet (2002) (3:34)*

Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

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.

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Album Details

Total Time: 73:36

*World Premiere Recording(s)

Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Design: Pete Goldlust & Melanie Germond
Cover Art: David Lesh
Recorded: July 27 & 29, 2004, and May 23 & 25, 2005 at WFMT Chicago

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