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Curtis-Smith: Gold Are My Flowers, A Civil War Song Cycle / Carmen Pelton

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>-Smith, Curtis : Gold Are My Flowers (Christopher the Christ-Bearer), cycle for 2 voices & ensemble
>-Smith, Curtis : A Civil War Song Cycle, for voice & piano

Album Summary

>-Smith, Curtis : Gold Are My Flowers (Christopher the Christ-Bearer), cycle for 2 voices & ensemble
>-Smith, Curtis : A Civil War Song Cycle, for voice & piano
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Two works for voice by the internationally recognized composer C. Curtis-Smith are offered on this recording. The first - Gold Are My Flowers - is a cantata/melodrama for soprano, baritone and chamber group. The work tells the story of the coming of European civilization to the wildernesses of the world using poetry by the Chickasaw poet Linda Hogan, portions of the Navajo Night Chant, excerpts from Columbus' Log and Book of Prophecies and Biblical passages quoted by Columbus in his Log. A Civil War Song Cycle, the second vocal work, follows the emotional and chronological sequence of the Civil War. C. Curtis-Smith is the recipient of more than 100 grants, awards and commissions. He was the youngest faculty member ever awarded the Western Michigan University's Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. His Twelve Etudes for Piano were selected for the repertoire list for the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Germany and Japan.



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Works Details

>-Smith, Curtis : Gold Are My Flowers (Christopher the Christ-Bearer), cycle for 2 voices & ensemble
  • Performers: Tom Knific (Double Bass); Jan Opalach (Bass Baritone); Matthew Ardizzone (Guitar); Scott Thornburg (Trumpet); Judy Moonert (Percussion); Christine Smith (Flute); Bradley Wong (Clarinet); Carmen Pelton (Soprano); Silvia Roederer (Piano); Renata Knific (Violin); Karen Buranskas (Cello)
  • Conductor: Joe Miller
  • Running Time: 41 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>-Smith, Curtis : A Civil War Song Cycle, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Curtis -Smith (Piano); Mary Bonhag
  • Running Time: 31 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal