Art songs and cycles
In the Fall
In a wistful and memorable setting of Dickinson's well-known verse, If you were coming in the Fall, the anxious waiting for one's love is lyrically depicted though life's seasons: "fall," "in a year," in coming "centuries," and in "eternity." But uncertain of exact the timing of his arrival, this unknown length of waiting serves not to draw the heart closer, but acts more as the "Goblin Bee" that teasingly postpones its inevitable sting. Longing, nostalgic, and a tad clever, a fine addition to American art song. (Catalogue PM3001)
Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved… For who is God, save the Lord? And who is a rock, save our God? God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. In him will I trust: he is my shield… my refuge, my saviour… I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved.
The forsaken Israel laments, then is moved to rejoice in the Lord who will one day redeem his people. This serious recital work functions as a self-contained cycle, a weighty journey from pleading with the Lord for his lovingkindess and remembrance of all trials past, through trusting in his strength, and finally rejoicing in his salvation. Though the words were first spoken in behalf of an outcast nation, they are now individualized in the strength and beauty of this solo vocal/piano setting. Duration: 10 minutes. (Catalogue PM3003)
High Voice, Piano
The Star in the Pail: A Child's Set of Seasons
In a chamber setting of five wonderful poems by David McCord we visit each of the seasons as seen through a child's eyes. The cycle begins with Christmas Eve, full of that excited energy and anticipation of what may or may not appear in the stocking come next morning. Triolet finds the informer child insistently reporting that now spring, "The birds in the feeder are fighting again!" In The Star in the Pail, fetching water on a clear summer evening is a magical opportunity for the stars above, "as thickly sown As wheat across the prairie," to shimmer gently in the pail we carry below. As the leaves begin to turn and fall, a jack-o'-latern slowly takes on it's delightfully frightening form in the spooky and surprising Mr. Macklin's Jack o'Lantern. Finishing the cycle a year older and wiser with Come Christmas, we see the stars atop Christmas trees as symbols of the "one star in this same big sky so long ago"— and the snow outside a gentle reminder of God, "in that white world of his."
A sensitive and delightful union of poetry and music, both humorous and captivating as a part of any program, any season. Duration: 14 minutes. (Catalogue PM4003)
Tenor, Viola, Cello, Piano
Complete Score & Parts: $35.00
Commissioned for the Merrill C. Oaks Family and premeired as part of the 2000 Temple Square Concert Series, Salt Lake City
To A Child
I wish I could remember All the things that I used to know; How many eggs the warbler lays, and where the turtles go; Or if the ant has intellect, And what to do with snow…
A playful look at childhood, and the world that seems so simple and even magical through fresh untainted eyes. The poetry of David McCord reminds of the rabbits, lizards, and Indian footprints which inspire the young imagination, as well as uninhibited, youthful singing without regard to critical ears. Musically witty and stylish as an art song. Light and enjoyable for both performers and audiences. (Catalogue PM3002)