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Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987): Orchestral Songs; "Legacy of Songs" / Joshua Pierce, Sherry Overholt, Lee Velta

Album Summary

>Persichetti, Vincent : e. e. cummings Songs (2), for voice & piano (unpublished), Op. 26
>Persichetti, Vincent : Chinese Songs (2), for voice & piano, Op. 29
>Persichetti, Vincent : 17th Century English Songs (3), for voice & piano, Op. 49
>Persichetti, Vincent : Sara Teasdale Songs (4), for voice & piano, Op. 72
>Persichetti, Vincent : Carl Sandburg Songs (2), for voice & piano, Op. 73
>Persichetti, Vincent : James Joyce Songs (3), for voice & piano, Op. 74
>Persichetti, Vincent : Hilaire Belloc Songs (2), for voice & piano, Op. 75
>Persichetti, Vincent : Robert Frost Songs (2), for voice & piano (unpublished), Op. 76
>Persichetti, Vincent : Emily Dickinson Songs (4), for voice & piano, Op. 77
>Persichetti, Vincent : A Net of Fireflies, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 115
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Make no mistake about it: this is an important disc which fills an important gap in the discography of American art songs. Vincent Persichetti wrote beautifully for the voice. The first recording in this series featured his major work in this genre: the song cycle "Harmonium, Op.50", his settings of poems by Wallace Stevens, performed by the same artists who appear on this disc; Sherry Overholt and Joshua Pierce (MSR Classics MS 1432). This new, second volume picks up all the remainder of the composer's solo songs, 41 in all. There are a few English poets in the mix: James Joyce, Hilaire Belloc (who was actually Anglo-French), three 17th Century English poets, as well as translations from the Chinese and Japanese. All the rest of the poets are American. As with much of his other work, Persichetti composed his songs not only in sets, but in sets of sets. The 17th century English settings came out in 1957, and his Op. 115 set of translation settings of Japanese haiku in 1970. The two e e cummings Songs, Op. 26 and the Chinese Songs, Op. 29, both appeared in 1945. His best song setting year was 1951, with no fewer than six consecutive sets (Op. 72-77) dating from that year.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, (01/02/2015-01/04/2015).



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Works Details

>Persichetti, Vincent : e. e. cummings Songs (2), for voice & piano (unpublished), Op. 26
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Piano); Lee Velta (Baritone)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Persichetti, Vincent : Chinese Songs (2), for voice & piano, Op. 29
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Piano); Lee Velta (Baritone)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Persichetti, Vincent : 17th Century English Songs (3), for voice & piano, Op. 49
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Piano); Lee Velta (Baritone)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Persichetti, Vincent : Sara Teasdale Songs (4), for voice & piano, Op. 72
  • Performers: Sherry Overholt (Soprano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Persichetti, Vincent : Carl Sandburg Songs (2), for voice & piano, Op. 73
  • Performers: Sherry Overholt (Soprano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Persichetti, Vincent : James Joyce Songs (3), for voice & piano, Op. 74
  • Performers: Sherry Overholt (Soprano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Persichetti, Vincent : Hilaire Belloc Songs (2), for voice & piano, Op. 75
  • Performers: Sherry Overholt (Soprano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Persichetti, Vincent : Robert Frost Songs (2), for voice & piano (unpublished), Op. 76
  • Performers: Sherry Overholt (Soprano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Persichetti, Vincent : Emily Dickinson Songs (4), for voice & piano, Op. 77
  • Performers: Sherry Overholt (Soprano); Joshua Pierce (Piano)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Persichetti, Vincent : A Net of Fireflies, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 115
  • Performers: Joshua Pierce (Piano); Lee Velta (Baritone)
  • Notes: LeFrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY (01/02/2015-01/04/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970