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PLATH SONGS (Sylvia Plath)
1. Morning Song
3. Lady Lazarus
5. Poppies in October
40 min. SATB with divisi, piano, and percussion: tubular bells, vibraphone (or celesta), bass drum, snare drum, and triangle. Composed as my first major project as Swan Family Composer in Residence for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, premiered on June 2nd, 2013 as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, with Grant Gershon and the singers of the LA Master Chorale. Teresa Dimond, percussion.
HEAVENLY HOME: THREE AMERICAN SONGS
1. Unclouded Day
2. Angel Band
13 min. SSATBB a cappella. Published by Boosey & Hawkes (boosey.com). A virtuosic “bluegrass” setting of well-loved 19th c. spiritual songs.
THE MYSTIC TRUMPETER (Walt Whitman)
7 min. SATB, organ, and brass.
Commissioned in honor of Dr. Richard Bloesch, the piece begins plaintively. After an extensive, virtuosic organ interlude, the setting culminates in a great hymn if joy. Challenging, but singable vocal lines. Advanced organ part.
6 min. SSATBB a cappella setting of the beloved Marian devotional prayer.
Soaring lines and delicately nuanced harmonies.
NOW THE GREEN BLADE RISETH
6 min. SATB with organ and brass quintet.
Easter Carol with medieval-style lilting melody, for mixed chorus, organ, and brass.
ALL SHALL BE WELL (Julian of Norwich)
6 min. Festival piece for SATB, youth, and children’s choir with piano, flute, oboe. Reverent and evocative setting of the mystic’s words.
CAGED BIRD (Maya Angelou)
3 min. SAB with piano
Written for a middle school chorus, the setting evokes the emotions of the poet’s meditation on freedom and captivity, as contrasting melodies express delight, frustration, and yearning.
MAKE ME TO KNOW THE MEASURE OF MY DAYS
5 min. SATB a cappella setting of the 90th Psalm (sbmp.com)
SONGS OF INNOCENCE (William Blake)
1. Piping Down the Valleys Wild
2. Little Lamb
3. On Another’s Sorrow
10 min. SATB/SSATBB settings of Blake’s timeless poems. Ranging in mood from light and joyous to an intense meditation on suffering and sympathy.
TU VOZ (Pablo Neruda)
4 min. SATB with piano (sbmp.com)
Commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale for its High School ChoralFestival, a rich accompaniment evokes the many colors of this sensual sonnet.