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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 Ian : I Am Cherry Alive, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : The Special Picnic, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Afternoon on a Hill, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : My Sister's New Red Hat ("I'm a little jealous"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Wild Swans, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Joy, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Run Away, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Threnody, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : The Satin Dress, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : The Red Dress ("I always saw, I always said"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Recuerdo, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Song from Orpheus & Euridice ("I am part of something now"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Just an Ordinary Guy
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Poem ("Lana Turner has collapsed!"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : The More Loving One, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Otherwise, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : We Will Always Walk Together, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : An Old Fashioned Song ("No more walks in the wood"), for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : What The Living Do, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Once I Was, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : Who Knows if the Moon's a Balloon, for voice & piano
>Gordon, Ricky Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : Joy, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ricky Gordon (Piano); Stacey Tappan
  • Notes: Blue Griffin's Studio The Ballroom (03/23/2012-03/24/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

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

>Gordon, Ricky Ian : 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 Ian : 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
  • Form: Vocal

>Gordon, Ricky Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : Otherwise, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Ricky Gordon (Piano); Stacey Tappan
  • 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 Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : 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 Ian : Poor Girl's Ruination / The Dream Keeper, for voice & ensemble
  • 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. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary