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Songs of Ricky Ian Gordon: Once I Was / Stacey Tappan, coloratura soprano Stacey Tappan; Ricky Ian Gordon, piano

Album Summary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : I Am Cherry Alive, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : The Special Picnic, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Afternoon on a Hill, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : My Sister's New Red Hat ("I'm a little jealous"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Wild Swans, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Joy, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Run Away, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Threnody, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : The Satin Dress, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : The Red Dress ("I always saw, I always said"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Recuerdo, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Song from Orpheus & Euridice ("I am part of something now"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Just an Ordinary Guy
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Poem ("Lana Turner has collapsed!"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : The More Loving One, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Otherwise, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : We Will Always Walk Together, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : An Old Fashioned Song ("No more walks in the wood"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : What The Living Do, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Once I Was, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Who Knows if the Moon's a Balloon, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky I. : Poor Girl's Ruination / The Dream Keeper, for voice & ensemble
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This collection of songs by America's most beloved composer, Ricky Ian Gordon, is arranged to tell a chronological life story - childhood, growing up, falling in love, heartbreak, grieving the death of a loved one, and moving on - and how music helps us through it all. Coloratura soprano Stacey Tappan, who has been hailed as a "magnificent discovery" (Forum Opéra), "a powerhouse voice..." (Chicago Sun-Times), "the much applauded ... with a stunning soprano voice" (La Voix du Nord), accompanied by the composer himself, delivers emotionally charged, heartfelt renditions of these gems of American vocal literature.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The disc named "Once I Was" contains 22 songs intended as a song cycle illustrating stages in a woman's emotional life, from childhood and early adolescence to falling in - and out - of love. These songs have texts by 11 different poets, including Dorothy Parker, Edna St Vincent Millay, Langston Hughes, and Gordon himself. Most of the time the composer captures the feeling of the poem with an appropriate melodic setting. Stacey Tappan sings with clear, pure tone and obvious understanding of the poetry.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012).



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Works Details

>Gordon, Ricky I. : I Am Cherry Alive, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : The Special Picnic, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Afternoon on a Hill, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : My Sister's New Red Hat ("I'm a little jealous"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Wild Swans, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Joy, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Run Away, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Threnody, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : The Satin Dress, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Gordon, Ricky I. : The Red Dress ("I always saw, I always said"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Recuerdo, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Song from Orpheus & Euridice ("I am part of something now"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Caroline Hartig (Clarinet); Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Just an Ordinary Guy
  • Performers: Caroline Hartig (Clarinet); Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Poem ("Lana Turner has collapsed!"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Gordon, Ricky I. : The More Loving One, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Otherwise, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Gordon, Ricky I. : We Will Always Walk Together, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Caroline Hartig (Clarinet); Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : An Old Fashioned Song ("No more walks in the wood"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gordon, Ricky I. : What The Living Do, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Once I Was, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Caroline Hartig (Clarinet); Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Who Knows if the Moon's a Balloon, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Gordon, Ricky I. : Poor Girl's Ruination / The Dream Keeper, for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Stacey Tappan; Ricky Gordon (Piano); Caroline Hartig (Clarinet)
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary