American Songs - Hoiby, Larsen, etc / Michaels, Buccheri

Album Summary

>Hoiby, Lee : An Immorality ("Sing we for love and idleness"), for voice & piano
>Hoiby, Lee : What if..., for voice & piano
>Hoiby, Lee : The Message ("Send home my long stray'd eyes to me"), for voice & piano
>Hoiby, Lee : The Shepherd ("How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot!"), for voice & piano
>Hoiby, Lee : In the Wand of the Wind ("This was a day the trees turned silver"), for voice & piano
>Altman, Laurie : O del mio dolce ardor - A Reimagining, for voice & piano
>Adams, Leslie : Branch By Branch, for voice & piano
>Adams, Leslie : Homesick Blues, for voice & piano
>Adams, Leslie : The Wider View, for voice & piano
>Grier, Lita : Who has seen the wind, for voice & piano (from Songs for Children)
>Larsen, Libby : Perineo, for voice & piano
>Thomas, Richard Pearson : Ossessione, song cycle for voice, percussion & piano
>Carl, Robert : Our Heart and Home is With Infinitude, for voice & piano
>Musto, John [Piano] : Dove Sta Amore, for voice & piano
>Ewazen, Eric : Lyrics (3) of Edna St. Vincent Millay, for voice & piano
>Tucker, Dan : Mots d'Heures
>Bowker, Robert : Bingo, for voice & piano
>Harmon, John : Light Feet, for voice & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

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 which 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. Although American poetry comprises the majority of the texts, four languages and several accents are represented. Most of these composers obviously share my enthusiasm for other cultures and my belief that writing and singing in one's own tongue sets the standard for expressivity in other languages. The songs transmit this international perspective, while retaining qualities that are undeniably contemporary and American.



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Works Details

>Hoiby, Lee : An Immorality ("Sing we for love and idleness"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Hoiby, Lee : What if..., for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Hoiby, Lee : The Message ("Send home my long stray'd eyes to me"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977

>Hoiby, Lee : The Shepherd ("How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot!"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987

>Hoiby, Lee : In the Wand of the Wind ("This was a day the trees turned silver"), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Altman, Laurie : O del mio dolce ardor - A Reimagining, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Adams, Leslie : Branch By Branch, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1961

>Adams, Leslie : Homesick Blues, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Adams, Leslie : The Wider View, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Grier, Lita : Who has seen the wind, for voice & piano (from Songs for Children)
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Larsen, Libby : Perineo, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Thomas, Richard Pearson : Ossessione, song cycle for voice, percussion & piano :: Amarilli, mia bella
  • Performers: Matthew Duvall (Percussion); Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Carl, Robert : Our Heart and Home is With Infinitude, for voice & piano :: Beginning My Studies
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Musto, John [Piano] : Dove Sta Amore, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Ewazen, Eric : Lyrics (3) of Edna St. Vincent Millay, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Tucker, Dan : Mots d'Heures :: Gousses, Rames, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Bowker, Robert : Bingo, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Harmon, John : Light Feet, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Patrice Michaels (Soprano); Elizabeth Bucchieri (Piano)
  • Notes: WFMT Chicago (07/27/2004/07/29/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002