Music: Vocal Works

Daylight Saving
1. November: Deployment; 2. December: Silence
3. January: Birthday; 4. Golden Hour
5. March: Homecoming

A song cycle in five movements about waiting.   A woman bides her time, thinking of her partner who is away at war.  Text in English by Melisa Tien. Length (total): 18′

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Life's Work

For baritone and piano; commissioned by the Cheah-Chan Duo.  Text by Melisa Tien.  The song explores the idea of beauty, and how it changes over the course of a lifetime. Length: 5′

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A song for soprano and piano.  Text in English by Kara Lee Corthron.  Length 3′

Dust World

For bass-baritone and string quartet. A monodrama set on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the 1980s. Part of the collaborative chamber opera “American Gothic.” Text by Adrian C. Louis. Length: 13′

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…a clear view…
Movement III

For tenor and baroque ensemble. Three movements setting texts relating to the New York Slave Conspiracy of 1741.

A Reflection

For mezzo-soprano and piano. Text by Jason Kim. Length: 7′

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For dramatic soprano and piano. Length: 3′

Seeking You

A song cycle in two movements for bass-baritone and piano. Texts by Jason Kim and Walt Whitman. Length: 7′

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A letter to my stepson in his time of grief

A dramatic scene soprano and piano. Text by Jason Kim, inspired by Racine’s “Phedre.” Length: 6′

Casting Off

For tenor or bass-baritone and piano. A song cycle in eight movements based on poetry by Stephen Crane. Length: 15′

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Three Everyday Songs

For soprano and piano. Texts in English by Jean Joubert, Margaret Atwood, and Billy Collins. Length: 11′

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