Here’s a recording of a song of mine called “Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass” from a poem by Heinrich Heine. It’s sung in German (translation below) and performed beautifully by Kelly Cae Hogan and Luke Fang.
Why are the roses so pale?
o speak, my love, why?
Why in the green grass
are the blue violets so silent?
Why with such a lamenting voice
does the lark sing in the sky?
Why from the balsam weed does there rise
the scent of wilting blossoms?
Why does the sun shine down on the meadow,
so coldly and morosely?
Why is the earth so gray
and desolate like a grave?
Why am I myself so ill and dull?
My lovely darling speak,
O speak, my heart’s most beloved love,
why have you abandoned me?
Had a recording session at the University of South Carolina with some fabulously talented musicians, where 8 songs of mine were recorded. Here’s “Ecco mormorar l’onde” (now the waves murmur) – a poem by the Italian Renaissance giant Torquato Tasso. Sung in Italian (translation below).
Ecco mormorar l’onde
Now the waves murmur
And the boughs and the shrubs tremble
In the morning breeze
And on the green branches the pleasant birds
And the east smiles;
Now dawn already appears
And mirrors herself in the sea
And makes the sky serene
And the gentle frost impearls the fields
And gilds the high mountains;
O beautiful and gracious Aurora
The breeze is your messenger, and you the breeze’s
Which revives each burnt-out heart.
I knew my love for Christina Rossetti would pay off – my song cycle “Three Christina Rossetti Poems” has been included in a Christina Rossetti in music project, a digital archive housed at the University of Ottawa. It’s a cool project – and to be included with so many great composers is awesome-sauce.
4 of my Heine Lieder are being performed at the Univ. of South Carolina next month, by a lovely singer named Jonathan Phillipe Cawley on a program with Bellini and Quilter (love to be included in that list). If you’re near Columbia, SC – stop by. Should be a good night of singing.
After a great trip to Leeds, England to visit the wife, I came back to SC to see everything blooming in all its glory. Just fantastic! Made me realize that coming out of the turbulence of the dark winter and into the rebirth of spring is possibly the best therapy available!
So excited to announce that I finished the choral piece “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” I’m very pleased with it and ready for the premier in the fall of 2016. It is set for SATB (divisi) a capella choir and is an honest telling of Tennyson’s epic poem about the Siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War, with the haunting lines “All in the valley of death rode the six hundred.” Gives me chills.