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Mary Ann was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and received B.A. and B.Mus from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, and her M.A. and Ph.D in theory and composition from Washington University, St. Louis. After graduate school, she moved to the New York City area where she has remained. She is an active composer and Professor Emerita, Manhattanville College. Her works have been performed at international festivals through Europe, Russia, and the United States. Her recent works include song settings by the poets Pablo Neruda, W.B. Yeats, Joan Rudel, Heather Dubrow and Edward Hirsch. Mary Ann's works are published by Scribner and Sons, Pioneer Drama, Gold Branch, Ars Nova Music and are recorded by Capstone, Parma Records and Pioneer Drama. Parma Records is releasing "Immortal Diamond" for orchestra, soloists and chorus in 2014; the company released "Cantata for the Children of Terezin" in 2012. Mary Ann is a member of ASCAP, College Music Society, American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, and New York Women Composers.

Lament for America

Year: 2016

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, cello, mezzo soprano, piano

Score PDF: lament_for_america-secure-5.pdf

Description: Composed in August, 2016 as a personal response to so much inexplicable pain and suffering all around us today.

Raven Himself is Hoarse

Year: 2016

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: mezzo soprano

Score PDF: the_raven_himself_is_hoarse-secure-5.pdf

Text PDF: the_raven_himself_is_hoarse-lines_from_macbeth-5.pdf

Description: From Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act 1 – Scene V
Piece begins with the first line spoken. “The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements.”

Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

Year: 2015

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: wild_nights-5.pdf

Description: Wild Nights! Wild Nights! may come as a surprise to readers who have thought of Emily Dickinson as the Amherst recluse, purposely rejecting life, including thoughts of romance, for the “higher calling” of art. Moreover, the poem proves decidedly up-to-date in its erotic celebration of love by way of imagery easily understood by a generation exposed to Freud. Even at the time it was published, Dickinson’s friend and editor, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, expressed anxiety lest unscrupulous minds should read into the poetry more than the innocent Dickinson had intended. Yet the fact is that “Wild Nights—Wild Nights!” is but one of many poems Dickinson composed on the subject of love, several of them equally explicit.

from the womb to the tomb

Year: 2014

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any woodwind, clarinet

Score PDF: from_womb_to_tomb-5.pdf

Description: From Womb to the Tomb: a lifetime in sixty seconds is a miniature work, a "snapshot," that symbolizes human life from its beginning as a cell (opening motive), through the cycle of development, expansion, transformation and, in the final statement of the cell which represents death, a return to the essence of the person.

Loveliest of Trees from Shropshire Lad II

Year: 2014

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: loveliest_of_trees_from_shropshire_lad-secure-5.pdf

Text PDF: a_shropshire_lad-poem_text-5.pdf

Description: Housman’s poem is about the nature of life, here represented by the cherry tree. The poet feels he does not have enough time to appreciate this beautiful world, because, like all living things, he will die. The first stanza is a description of the cherry tree in its spring-time splendor. It is as 'wearing white for Eastertide” as if it is celebrating a religious festival. In the second stanza, the mood shifts from the tree to the poet himself, as he thinks about the inevitability of death. He, a twenty-year old, estimates that he has about fifty years left to live. The final stanza expresses the poet's feeling that fifty more years does not give him enough time to enjoy the beauties of nature. He decides that he will look at the cherry tree not only when it is “hung with bloom,” but also in winter when it is “hung with snow.” The poet thus celebrates the beauties of nature in all seasons, but also poignantly laments the inevitable passage from youth to old age and death, the “seasons” of his own life. I composed this setting of “Loveliest of Trees” to celebrate the 86th birthday of Joyce Hope Suskind, beloved friend, brilliant musician and composer par excellence.

I Want to be Married and Cannot Tell How

Year: 2009

Duration (in minutes): 2:17

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: i_want_to_be_married-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text from a poem written by 20th–century Irish poet (Also part of the I Am Ireland song cycle). (Audio features Corrine Leary, soprano; Mark Cherry, piano.)

If I Speak

Year: 1992

Duration (in minutes): 12'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Spring And Fall

Year: 1991

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;45

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: spring_and_fall-secure-5.pdf

Description: G.M. Hopkins, text. In this poem, Hopkins concludes that, when we grieve, it is for ourselves we grieve. (Audio opening excerpt is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with Nancy Ellen Ogle, soprano and Ginger Hwaleck, piano.)

Caged Skylark

Year: 1991

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_caged_skylark-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text by G. M. Hopkins. The musical setting helps the listener move from feeling the human body as “cage” or “prison” to that of a “nest” where the human spirit can be “uncumbered” because of “bones risen.”

Hurrahing In Harvest (Hopkins, Poet)

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Score PDF: hurrahing_in_harvest-secure-5.pdf

Description: Gerard M. Hopkins sees the natural aesthetic of the world as a divine quality. He seeks to merge spiritual fervor with the physical experience of the world around him, reflecting the quality of discovery that guided his art and faith.

I Sing A Maiden

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella, solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: alto, any low voice

Score PDF: i_sing_of_a_maiden-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text from a poem written by 20th–century Irish poet (Also part of the I Am Ireland song cycle). (Audio features Karen Lichti, mezzo-soprano; Lee Linden, piano.)

Oh Come With Me To Galway

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: o_come_with_me-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: From the I Am Ireland set of songs. (Audio features Karen Steinke, voice; Mark Cherry, piano.)

By The Waters Of Babylon (Psalm)

Year: 1987

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble

Instruments: alto, any female voice, any high voice, any low voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, piano, soprano, tenor voice

Score PDF: by_the_waters_of_babylon-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Psalm setting: nostalgic, but not sentimental. SATB, piano (Alt. version: SSA, piano)

Burial (Mckenna)

Year: 1987

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Scherzato

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: piano

Description: A virtuosic and contrapuntal work in sonata-like form. Performed by Elena Ivanina at the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Moscow and at the U.S. Embassy for the cultural leaders of Moscow, 1995. (The audio is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with pianist, Elena Ivanina.)

Sea Fever (Masefield)

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella

Tattered Tom

Year: 1979

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Pied Beauty (Hopkins)

Year: 1979

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: pied_beauty-ssa-secure-5.pdf

Description: G.M. Hopkins, text. The work is a joyful song in the Dorian mode with an ostinato bass. (Audio features Manhattanville College Musical Theatre 2012 Senior Class, Mark Cherry, Conductor)

Bound To Rise

Year: 1979

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: choral

Description: Children's musical sung by children.

As The Deer Yearns (Psalm)

Year: 1978

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: alto, any low voice

Score PDF: as_the_deer_yearns-pgs1-7-secure-5.pdf

Description: Psalm setting in a modal, polyphonic texture.

Stonehenge: Fragments

Year: 1977

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, mixed instrument ensemble

Instruments: alto, alto flute, any brass, any female voice, any low voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, cello, clarinet, flute, percussion, piano, trumpet

Score PDF: stonehenge-handwritten_score_scan-pgs1-5-5.pdf

Description: This piece was commissioned by a group of the St. Louis Symphony’s “New Music Circle.” It was inspired by the composer’s impressions of Stonehenge at different times of the day. Stonehenge: Fragments is a colorful work with some staging and unusual instruments such as a clicking metronome and an incense holder with incense.
Prelude
Merlin’s Tale
The Druids’ Sacrifice
Phoebus Descends

Christmas Carol (C. Dickens)

Year: 1976

Duration (in minutes): 75'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, musical theater, solo voice(s) with piano, young audiences

Publisher: Pioneer Drama Service

Description: Musical. Flexible cast of 20; chorus of carolers.
See Pioneer Drama for song samples.

Immortal Diamond

Year: 1970

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral, orchestra and chamber orchestra

Instruments: piano, satb chorus

Description: Composer Mary Ann Joyce-Walter wrote Immortal Diamond in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, The form of the piece is modeled after the structure of Bach’s Passion of St. Matthew with the basic framework sung by choruses and soloists. The texts are from Martin Luther King, Jr., Gerard Manley Hopkins, Alice in Wonderland, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, as well as other texts and poems.

Mass Of The Transfiguration

Year: 1965

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any voice, organ

Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: G.M. Hopkins’ poem in which he ask God about the meaning of evil with a quartet of voices singing Latin “answers” layered upon the setting. Reminiscent of Ives’ The Unanswered Question, but for voices. Premiered in 1993 as part of “Epithalamion”; sung by the Newark Boys Choir.

Six "Terrible" Sonnets of Gerald Manley Hopkins

Duration (in minutes): 5'39; each

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble

Description: No Worst, There is None,
Patience,
Carrion Comfort,
To Seem the Stranger,
My Own Heart,
I Wake and Feel

Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: Text by G.M. Hopkins.

Mass in Honor of Le Beau Dieu

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: choral

Score PDF: glory_to_god_in_the_highest-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Alternate title: Glory to God in the Highest. Simple setting; not necessarily sung for liturgical purposes; based on motives from the medieval Play of Daniel.

Binsey Poplars

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Ars Nova Music

Score PDF: binsey_poplars-pgs5-7-secure-5.pdf

Description: Written for the Newark Boys' Chorus; text by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
The musical setting attempts to express the poignancy of Hopkins’ theme in this poem: “nature is so tender to touch.”

New Theology

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: a_new_theology-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Edward Hirsch, poem. Premiered by Clarissa Lyons, soprano, and Shun-Yahg Lee, piano, “Voices Up: New Poems Set to Music” at Fordham University, 2011; performances by Gregory Wiest and Sara Paar, 2012. (Audio excerpt Clarissa Lyons, soprano, and Shun-Yahg Lee, piano. Video features Gregory Wiest, tenor, Akane Kubo, piano.)

Eagle (Tennyson)

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice

Score PDF: the_eagle-secure-5.pdf

Description: Premiered at Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame, 2014 by Shannon Roberts, soprano and Yumi Suehiro, piano.

Windhover

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_windhover-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text by G. M. Hopkins.

Lament

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;-6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any male voice, clarinet, tenor voice

Score PDF: a_lament-pgs1-5-secure-5.pdf

Description: Oscar Wilde, poet. Written in memory of Michael Fallacaro, a fine clarinetist and former student who perished in a car crash when he was a senior in college. Also performed at my retirement concert by Manhattanville alumnae.

Acre of Grass

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: baritone voice, bass voice, cello

Score PDF: an_acre_of_grass-pgs1-6-secure-5.pdf

Description: W. B. Yeats, poem. Premiered at NACUSA’s “Spring Counterpoint!” at Christ & St. Stephan’s Church, NYC, 2011 by Mark Kaczmarczyk, bass-baritone, Felice Kuan, cello, Flora Kuan, piano.

Ballad of Little Boy Blue

Duration (in minutes): 5

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: ballad_of_little_boy_blue-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Eugene Field, text. Premiered by Sarah Paige Morris, Manhattanville College senior, in recital, February, 2012.

From Armgart

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: from_armgart-secure-5.pdf

Description: Winner of the Boston Art Song Competition, 2006. Virtuosic, wide-range.
Premiered by Nancy Gurt Lind in Boston, 2006.

Girl with Cello

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: cello

Score PDF: girl_with_cello-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: May Sarton, poem. Premiered by Nancy Ellen Ogle and Ginger Hwalek; recent performances include Sara Paar, soprano, Mary Robb, cello, and Catherine Miller, piano, NYC 2012. A dark but joyful poem: “….there had been no such music here until a girl came in from dark and snow….” (Audio excerpt is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with Nancy Ellen Ogle, soprano;
Allison Moore, piano; and Lurene Ekwurtzel, cello.)

I Am Ireland - set of eight songs

Duration (in minutes): 3-5'39; each song

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: harp

Score PDF: i_am_ireland-secure-5.pdf

Description: Settings of eight poems written by 20th-century Irish poets for soprano or harp. Moods are varied: humorous, nostalgic, tender, sorrowful and love songs. I Am Ireland, I Want to Be Married, Cradle Song, The Taste of Famine, O Come With Me to Galway, The Burial, I Saw from the Beach, I Sing of a Maiden. (Audio features "I Am Ireland" Chelsey Jensen, soprano; Mark Cherry, piano.)

If I Can Let You Go

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;30

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: cello

Score PDF: if_i_can_let_you_go-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: May Sarton, poem. Tender, poignant poem about the letting go of a lover. (Audio features Sara Paar, soprano, Mary Robb, cello and Catherine Miller, piano.)

Listening for River in Urbana

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: listening_for_river_in_urbana-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Ann Silsbee, poem. Written shortly after “Winter Weather Advisory”; about a river in Urbana, Illinois (called the “boneyard”) that was familiar to Ann and to me.

Note to Amadeus

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: note_to_amadeus-pgs1-6-secure-5.pdf

Description: Joan Rudel, poem. Premiered by Tara Gruszkiewicz in her Manhattanville Senior Recital (2008), and later sung by Tara in “A Faculty-Artist Recital” celebrating my compositions (2012). (Audio features Tara Gruszkiewicz, soprano, Mark Cherry, piano)

Nothing is so Beautiful as Spring

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: nothing_is_so_beautiful_as_spring-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: G.M. Hopkins, text. The music aims to express Hopkins’ ecstasy over the beauties of spring. Premiered by Gregory Wiest in Licht und Schatten, 2011, Munich, Germany.

Set Me As a Seal upon Your Heart (Song of Solomon)

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: set_me_as_a_seal-soppno-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: “Love is strong as death….” This was written for a dear friend’s wedding in Ireland. Keri McCarthy, Manhattanville senior, recorded the song in 2008.

Crucifixion

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_crucifixion-secure-5.pdf

Description: Medieval Irish text. Having heard Samuel Barber’s setting of “The Crucifixion,” I decided to do my own setting.

Heights of Macchu Picchu: Canto XII

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with piano, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any male voice, percussion, tenor voice

Score PDF: heights_of_macchu_picchu-pgs1-8-secure-5.pdf

Description: Pablo Neruda, poem. Commissioned and performed by Nancy Ellen Ogle in United States concerts in 2012. Winner of the Boston Metro Opera's 2013 Merit Award. (Audio features Faith Esham, soprano; Flora Kuan, piano; Ron Vincent, cajon peruvano.)

Little Vagabond

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;15

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_little_vagabond-soppno-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text by William Blake. (Audio is a mid-piece excerpt transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with Nancy Ellen Ogle, soprano and Ginger Hwaleck, piano.)

Sweetness

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_sweetness-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Edward Hirsch, poem. Premiered by Ilana Zarankin, soprano, and Shun-Yahg Lee, piano, “Voices Up: New Poems Set to Music” at Fordham University, 2011; performances by Gregory Wiest and Sara Paar, 2012. (Audio features Ilana Zarankin, soprano, and Shun-Yahg Lee, piano.)

Wild Swans at Coole

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice

Score PDF: the_wild_swans_at_coole-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: W. B. Yeats, poem. Yeats’ reflections on the passing of his life.

Waking Hours

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: waking_hours-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Heather Dubrow, poem. Premiered by Ilana Zarankin, soprano and Shun-Yang Lee, piano: “Voices Up: New Poems Set to Music” at Fordham University, 2011.

Winter Weather Advisory

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: winter_weather_advisory-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Ann Silsbee, poem. Written in 2006 in a program, “Women’s Work,” at Renee Weiler Recital Hall, NYC, in honor of the poet who had been a member of New York Women Composers, and a fellow native of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Audio features Donna Schaeffer, soprano and Sarah Meneely-Kyder, piano.

Yellow: A Response to Gerard

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: yellow-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Nancy Lind, text. The poet gives many reasons why she agrees with Gerard that “nothing is so beautiful as spring”!

Moon: Meditations

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any male voice, cello, clarinet, percussion, tenor voice

Score PDF: the_moon-meditations-tenorchamber-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: 3 Haiku on 5 Notes in 4 Minutes. Based on a Japanese pentatonic scale, the Hirajoski scale of 5 notes (G, Ab, C, D, Eb)

Second Coming

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any low voice, any male voice, baritone voice, bass voice, cello

Score PDF: the_second_coming-pgs1-6-secure-5.pdf

Description: W. B. Yeats, poem. Premiered at NACUSA’s “Spring Counterpoint!” at Christ & St. Stephan’s Church, NYC, 2011 by Mark Kaczmarczyk, bass-baritone, Felice Kuan, cello, Flora Kuan, piano.

Three Settings of Joan Rudel’s Poetry

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;-5'39; each

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: i_dream_puccini-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Written for a concert at the Berman Center in collaboration with Joan Rudel, poet and professor at Manhattanville College and composers Geoffrey Kidde and Binnette Lipper. Performed by Gayla Morgan, soprano and Christopher Oldfather, piano. (Score excerpt: I Dream Puccini. Video features Carmen, Listen to Me and Butterfly's Child.)
Carmen, Listen to Me,
I Dream Puccini,
Butterfly’s Child

Gothic Fantasy on “Crux Fidelis”

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: piano

Score PDF: gothic_fantasy-altered-final-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Theme and Variations on the Gregorian chant Crux Fidelis. Moderately advanced. (Audio features Diane Guernsey, piano)

Prairiescapes

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: piano

Score PDF: prairiescapes-cornfields-secure-5.pdf

Description: Moderately difficult pieces based on memories of Illinois farmland near my hometown, Champaign.
The Cornfields: Early Morning
The Old Giblin Farm
Endless Road

Little Songs for Little Folks

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;-3'39; each

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: piano

Score PDF: a_little_beethoven_anyone-secure-5.pdf

Description: Picturesque scenes from around the world and in a child’s neighborhood. Easy-intermediate level written for young piano students.
A Minor Bird
A Song from the Highlands
Hong Kong Holiday
A Little Beethoven, Anyone?
Baseball Blues
Where or Where….?
Shannon Shindig
Lullaby for a Fawn

Three Pieces on Paintings by Oviedo

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo string instrument

Instruments: guitar

Score PDF: levantate_lazaro_-_for_guitar-secure-5.pdf

Description: Inspired by the three of Oviedo’s paintings. This painter from the Dominican Republic is one of my favorite painters of modern times. (Score excerpt: Levantate Lazaro.)
La Protesta
La Familia
Levantate Lazaro

Catamorphosis

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any woodwind, flute

Score PDF: catamorphosis-secure-5.pdf

Description: “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly.” R. Buckmeister Fuller

Ode to an Elevator

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any woodwind, clarinet

Score PDF: what_goes_up_must_come_down-secure-5.pdf

Description: A very quick ride on a quirky elevator!

Prelude

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any woodwind, flute

Score PDF: prelude-for_flute-secure-5.pdf

Description: The piece is based on the poem of the same name, “Prelude,” by the Irish writer, J.M. Synge This work was commissioned by Nina Assimakopoulis for this CD. I used it later in a new context: as the “wanderer” in Aceldama. (Audio features, Nina Assimakopoulis, flute.)

Put the City Up

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Score PDF: put_the_city_up-pgs1-5-secure-5.pdf

Description: Put the City Up is a setting of part Carl Sandburg's The Windy City, Section 6. This section of the poem is about the nature of any American city, whether it be Chicago, New York, Los Angeles. In this work, I tried to capture the energy, work, dreams, play and noise you cannot escape when walking the streets of "the city."

Sara Teasdale’s Christmas Carol

Duration (in minutes): 3:30

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Score PDF: sara_teasdale-a_christmas_carol-pgs1-3-5.pdf

Description: "A Christmas Carol," a poem of childlike simplicity and joy by Sara Teasdale. There have been so many calls for new Christmas carols, that I decided to write this one this year - in August!

Epithalamion: A Masque

Duration (in minutes): 5-6'39; each

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral, larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, mixed instrument ensemble, string quartet

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, cello, flute, harp, piano, viola, violin

Score PDF: thou_art_indeed_just_lord-pgs1-8-secure-5.pdf

Description: For string quartet, piano, harp and flute with four vocalists taking on the task of virtuosic solo parts, and a Boys Chorus and a dance ensemble. Each choral work 5-6 minutes, Total: 75 minutes
This major work, Epithalamion: A Masque, settings of poems by G. M. Hopkins, was presented in 1991 as a celebration of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Thou Art Indeed Just,
Spring and Death,
Carrion Comfort,
No Worst, There is None,
My Own Heart,
Duns Scotus’ Oxford,
To Seem the Stranger,
Henry Purcell,
God’s Grandeur,
I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: sic_transit_gloria_mundi-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Based on the Latin words spoken at the installation of a Pope. “The glories of this world quickly pass away ….”

Tenebrae Factae Sunt

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: tenebrae_factae_sunt-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Setting from the Good Friday liturgy in Latin. Dark, dissonant setting.

Piper on the Hill

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: the_piper_on_the_hill-satb-pgs1-5-secure-5.pdf

Description: Dora Sigerman, text. Based on a frightening Irish tale about the wind in a village. Shifting moods throughout.

In Anguish and in Hope: A Psalm for Today

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral

Score PDF: a_psalm_for_today-pgs4-9-secure-5.pdf

Description: Commissioned by Manhattan Chorale Ensemble, Tom Cunningham, conductor; performed at Columbia University, New York City. Text: portions of psalms and a passage from Micah that speak of peace and forgiveness. In composing this work, I realized that a far more difficult question (and perhaps more deeply personal) than that of asking God to forgive us is “Can we forgive God”?

Introibo

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: brass quintet, choral, larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players

Instruments: any brass, piano, satb chorus

Score PDF: introibo-pgs1-5-secure-5.pdf

Description: From the Latin Mass, “I will go unto the altar of God, to God who gives joy to my youth….” Written for my brother, John, who loves the words he prayed as an altar boy.

Duns Scotus’ Oxford

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;-6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: Written for the Newark Boys' Chorus; text by G.M. Hopkins. (Also part of Epithalamion: A Masque)

O, Only For So Short Awhile

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble

Instruments: percussion, satb chorus

Score PDF: o_only_for_so_short_awhile-pgs1-10-secure-5.pdf

Description: Beautiful text written by an unknown Aztec (“O, only for so short awhile have you loaned us to each other….” Winning performance by the Vanguard Voices, Dearborn, Michigan; Kevin Dewey, conductor, 2006.

Fanfare for Feasts

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: a_fanfare_for_feasts-for_sa-secure-5.pdf

Nightingale and the Mockingbird

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: flute ensemble, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any woodwind, flute

Score PDF: the_nightingale_and_the_mockingbird-pgs1-2-secure-5.pdf

Description: The beauty of the nightingale’s song is mimicked by the second flute; the first flute then tries to mimic the mockingbird in an attempt to stop the annoying imitation. They then come together as friends in song, but the true nature of each of the birds ends the work. (original title: The Sparrow and the Mockingbird. Video features flutists Heather Breene and Jennifer Pyne.)

Scherzatina for Extended Bass and Piano

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, contrabass, piano

Score PDF: scherzatina-bass_pno-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: This work, commissioned by Basso Moderno in 2008, is a dialogue between an extended solo bass and piano. The interplay between the two instruments through melodic fragments (based mainly on minor 2nds) spins through quick twists and turns. There are textural changes in electrically charged rhythms in the various registers of both instruments. (Audio features Basso Moderno Duo.)

Scherzatina for Cello and Piano

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano

Score PDF: scherzatina-vcpno-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: This work is a dialogue between cello and piano. The interplay between the two instruments through melodic fragments (based mainly on minor 2nds) spins through quick twists and turns. There are textural changes in electrically charged rhythms in the various registers of both instruments.

Fanfare on Te Deum

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: brass quintet, larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, mixed instrument ensemble

Instruments: percussion, timpani

Score PDF: fanfare_on_te_deum-pgs1-9_secure-5.pdf

Description: Based on the Gregorian chant, Te Deum Laudamus. The work was commissioned for Manhattanville College’s 150th Commencement. (Audio excerpt is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with The Westchester Brass Ensemble.)

Aceldama

Duration (in minutes): 13'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, string ensemble

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, cello, contrabass, flute, viola, violin

Publisher: Ars Nova Music

Score PDF: aceldama-mid_score_excerpt-pgs6-13-secure-5.pdf

Description: String ensemble and flute solo
This piece was commissioned and performed by Harold Jones’ Antara Ensemble, NYC in 2006. It won the competition “Muzyka Ogrodowa” Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego, Krakow, Poland, that same year. (Note: pdf is a mid-score excerpt)

Cantata for the Children of Terezin

Duration (in minutes): 37'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral, orchestra and chamber orchestra

Instruments: harp, piano, satb chorus

Description: This work is dedicated to all children who suffer and die too soon. The work was composed with the intention of evoking compassion for the most innocent and vulnerable among us, along with the hope that acts of horror against the young and innocent throughout the world will happen never again. The piece is also a testimony to the transformative power of music, art and poetry in these children’s lives.
Cantata For The Children Of Terezin includes:
Transports 5:30 A.M.
Home
Birdsong
A Little Mouse
A Little Garden
A Little Song Without Words
The Rose
Evening Transports
Someday

(Featured audio is Birdsong, Oxnaya Oleskaya; Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiev King Singers)

As the Circling Bird

Duration (in minutes): 4:30'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: as_the_circling_bird-pgs1-4-5.pdf

Description: This is one of Hopkins' earliest poems; it, like the The Windhover and The Caged Skylark, uses the image of a bird as metaphor and reveals a mystical and spiritual connection to these beautiful creatures. (Audio features Nancy Ellen Ogle, soprano, Ginger Hwalek, piano.)

Three Love Songs

Duration (in minutes): 8'39; (song cycle)

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Description: Sara Teasdale, texts. These are very early tonal works.
Pierrot
Central Park at Dusk
Song

(Audio of Pierrot is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with Karen Lichti, soprano; Joyce Bablink, mandolin.)

Cradle Song

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: a_cradle_song-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text from a poem written by 20th–century Irish poet (Also part of the I Am Ireland song cycle). (Audio features Victoria Jessie, soprano; Mark Cherry, piano.)

Cantata for the Children of Terezin

Featuring two works for orchestra. The text of Cantata for the Children of Terezin, uses poems written by children incarcerated at the Terezin concentration camp during the WW II. By shining a light on the thoughts of children in the camps, the composer hopes to bring about global awareness of these atrocities committed in the hope that these acts will never happen again. Likewise, Aceldama highlights horrors of the 21st century, serving as a meditation on human suffering occurring on such a large scale where its enormity is incomprehensible.

Composers: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Label: Ravello Records

Label's Website: maryannjoyce-walter.com

Product ID: B0085AXU3G

Buy URL: http://www.amazon.com/Cantata-Children-Terezin-Joyce-Walter/dp/B0085AXU3G/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1342162064&sr=1-1&keywords=cantata+for+the+children+of+terezin

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/Drilldown?name_id1=6052&name_role1=1&bcorder=1&comp_id=444092

Evening with Gerard Manley Hopkins

Includes songs on poetry of Hopkins by Mary Ann Joyce Walter, Joyce Hope Suskind, Samuel Barber, as well as Smith, Williams, Campbell, Betts, Hagar, Greenlee, Marshall, and Woollen. Performed by Nancy Ellen Ogle, voice, Ginger Yang Hwalek, piano, with John Burns, narrator.

Composers: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Joyce Hope Suskind, others.

Label: Capstone Records

Product ID: CPS-8666

Buy URL: http://www.amazon.com/Evening-Gerard-Manley-Hopkins/dp/B00003JAIH/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1271465853&sr=1-1

Points of Entry: Contemporary Works for Solo Flute by Women Composers, V. I

Nina Assimakopoulos, flutist. Includes Spirit Man by Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, Prelude by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Comment by Beth Anderson, Murali by Marilyn Bliss, and works by Ran, Payne, Lomon, Owens, Diemer, Hyson, Glickman, Cox, Tower, Shafer, and Folio.

Composers: Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Beth Anderson, Marilyn Bliss, others.

Label: Capstone Records

Product ID: CPS-8759

Buy URL: http://www.amazon.com/Points-Entry-Contemporary-American-Composers/dp/B000GW8RES/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1432165436&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Points+of+Entry%3A+Contemporary+Works+for+Solo+Flute+by+Women+Composers%2C+V.+I

If I Can Let You Go

Composer: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Description: May Sarton, poem. Premiered by Sara Paar, soprano, Mary Robb, cello and Catherine Miller, piano.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWK7yvq9PPw

Butterfly's Child/Carmen, Listen to Me

Composer: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Description: Gayla Morgan performs two settings of poems by Joan Rudel, accompanied by Christopher Oldfather.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjRrLCgU3UM

New Theology

Composer: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Description: Performed by Gregory Wiest, tenor, and Akane Kubo, piano in Munich, Germany.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUeE0owHkmc

BIOGRAPHY
Mary Ann was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and received B.A. and B.Mus from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, and her M.A. and Ph.D in theory and composition from Washington University, St. Louis. After graduate school, she moved to the New York City area where she has remained. She is an active composer and Professor Emerita, Manhattanville College. Her works have been performed at international festivals through Europe, Russia, and the United States. Her recent works include song settings by the poets Pablo Neruda, W.B. Yeats, Joan Rudel, Heather Dubrow and Edward Hirsch. Mary Ann's works are published by Scribner and Sons, Pioneer Drama, Gold Branch, Ars Nova Music and are recorded by Capstone, Parma Records and Pioneer Drama. Parma Records is releasing "Immortal Diamond" for orchestra, soloists and chorus in 2014; the company released "Cantata for the Children of Terezin" in 2012. Mary Ann is a member of ASCAP, College Music Society, American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, and New York Women Composers.
COMPOSITIONS

Lament for America

Year: 2016

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, cello, mezzo soprano, piano

Score PDF: lament_for_america-secure-5.pdf

Description: Composed in August, 2016 as a personal response to so much inexplicable pain and suffering all around us today.

Raven Himself is Hoarse

Year: 2016

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: mezzo soprano

Score PDF: the_raven_himself_is_hoarse-secure-5.pdf

Text PDF: the_raven_himself_is_hoarse-lines_from_macbeth-5.pdf

Description: From Shakespeare's Macbeth, Act 1 – Scene V
Piece begins with the first line spoken. “The raven himself is hoarse that croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan under my battlements.”

Wild Nights! Wild Nights!

Year: 2015

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: wild_nights-5.pdf

Description: Wild Nights! Wild Nights! may come as a surprise to readers who have thought of Emily Dickinson as the Amherst recluse, purposely rejecting life, including thoughts of romance, for the “higher calling” of art. Moreover, the poem proves decidedly up-to-date in its erotic celebration of love by way of imagery easily understood by a generation exposed to Freud. Even at the time it was published, Dickinson’s friend and editor, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, expressed anxiety lest unscrupulous minds should read into the poetry more than the innocent Dickinson had intended. Yet the fact is that “Wild Nights—Wild Nights!” is but one of many poems Dickinson composed on the subject of love, several of them equally explicit.

from the womb to the tomb

Year: 2014

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any woodwind, clarinet

Score PDF: from_womb_to_tomb-5.pdf

Description: From Womb to the Tomb: a lifetime in sixty seconds is a miniature work, a "snapshot," that symbolizes human life from its beginning as a cell (opening motive), through the cycle of development, expansion, transformation and, in the final statement of the cell which represents death, a return to the essence of the person.

Loveliest of Trees from Shropshire Lad II

Year: 2014

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: loveliest_of_trees_from_shropshire_lad-secure-5.pdf

Text PDF: a_shropshire_lad-poem_text-5.pdf

Description: Housman’s poem is about the nature of life, here represented by the cherry tree. The poet feels he does not have enough time to appreciate this beautiful world, because, like all living things, he will die. The first stanza is a description of the cherry tree in its spring-time splendor. It is as 'wearing white for Eastertide” as if it is celebrating a religious festival. In the second stanza, the mood shifts from the tree to the poet himself, as he thinks about the inevitability of death. He, a twenty-year old, estimates that he has about fifty years left to live. The final stanza expresses the poet's feeling that fifty more years does not give him enough time to enjoy the beauties of nature. He decides that he will look at the cherry tree not only when it is “hung with bloom,” but also in winter when it is “hung with snow.” The poet thus celebrates the beauties of nature in all seasons, but also poignantly laments the inevitable passage from youth to old age and death, the “seasons” of his own life. I composed this setting of “Loveliest of Trees” to celebrate the 86th birthday of Joyce Hope Suskind, beloved friend, brilliant musician and composer par excellence.

I Want to be Married and Cannot Tell How

Year: 2009

Duration (in minutes): 2:17

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: i_want_to_be_married-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text from a poem written by 20th–century Irish poet (Also part of the I Am Ireland song cycle). (Audio features Corrine Leary, soprano; Mark Cherry, piano.)

If I Speak

Year: 1992

Duration (in minutes): 12'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Spring And Fall

Year: 1991

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;45

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: spring_and_fall-secure-5.pdf

Description: G.M. Hopkins, text. In this poem, Hopkins concludes that, when we grieve, it is for ourselves we grieve. (Audio opening excerpt is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with Nancy Ellen Ogle, soprano and Ginger Hwaleck, piano.)

Caged Skylark

Year: 1991

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_caged_skylark-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text by G. M. Hopkins. The musical setting helps the listener move from feeling the human body as “cage” or “prison” to that of a “nest” where the human spirit can be “uncumbered” because of “bones risen.”

Hurrahing In Harvest (Hopkins, Poet)

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Score PDF: hurrahing_in_harvest-secure-5.pdf

Description: Gerard M. Hopkins sees the natural aesthetic of the world as a divine quality. He seeks to merge spiritual fervor with the physical experience of the world around him, reflecting the quality of discovery that guided his art and faith.

I Sing A Maiden

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella, solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: alto, any low voice

Score PDF: i_sing_of_a_maiden-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text from a poem written by 20th–century Irish poet (Also part of the I Am Ireland song cycle). (Audio features Karen Lichti, mezzo-soprano; Lee Linden, piano.)

Oh Come With Me To Galway

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: o_come_with_me-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: From the I Am Ireland set of songs. (Audio features Karen Steinke, voice; Mark Cherry, piano.)

By The Waters Of Babylon (Psalm)

Year: 1987

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble

Instruments: alto, any female voice, any high voice, any low voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, piano, soprano, tenor voice

Score PDF: by_the_waters_of_babylon-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Psalm setting: nostalgic, but not sentimental. SATB, piano (Alt. version: SSA, piano)

Burial (Mckenna)

Year: 1987

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Scherzato

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: piano

Description: A virtuosic and contrapuntal work in sonata-like form. Performed by Elena Ivanina at the International Festival of Contemporary Music in Moscow and at the U.S. Embassy for the cultural leaders of Moscow, 1995. (The audio is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with pianist, Elena Ivanina.)

Sea Fever (Masefield)

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella

Tattered Tom

Year: 1979

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Pied Beauty (Hopkins)

Year: 1979

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: pied_beauty-ssa-secure-5.pdf

Description: G.M. Hopkins, text. The work is a joyful song in the Dorian mode with an ostinato bass. (Audio features Manhattanville College Musical Theatre 2012 Senior Class, Mark Cherry, Conductor)

Bound To Rise

Year: 1979

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: choral

Description: Children's musical sung by children.

As The Deer Yearns (Psalm)

Year: 1978

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: alto, any low voice

Score PDF: as_the_deer_yearns-pgs1-7-secure-5.pdf

Description: Psalm setting in a modal, polyphonic texture.

Stonehenge: Fragments

Year: 1977

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, mixed instrument ensemble

Instruments: alto, alto flute, any brass, any female voice, any low voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, cello, clarinet, flute, percussion, piano, trumpet

Score PDF: stonehenge-handwritten_score_scan-pgs1-5-5.pdf

Description: This piece was commissioned by a group of the St. Louis Symphony’s “New Music Circle.” It was inspired by the composer’s impressions of Stonehenge at different times of the day. Stonehenge: Fragments is a colorful work with some staging and unusual instruments such as a clicking metronome and an incense holder with incense.
Prelude
Merlin’s Tale
The Druids’ Sacrifice
Phoebus Descends

Christmas Carol (C. Dickens)

Year: 1976

Duration (in minutes): 75'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, musical theater, solo voice(s) with piano, young audiences

Publisher: Pioneer Drama Service

Description: Musical. Flexible cast of 20; chorus of carolers.
See Pioneer Drama for song samples.

Immortal Diamond

Year: 1970

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral, orchestra and chamber orchestra

Instruments: piano, satb chorus

Description: Composer Mary Ann Joyce-Walter wrote Immortal Diamond in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, The form of the piece is modeled after the structure of Bach’s Passion of St. Matthew with the basic framework sung by choruses and soloists. The texts are from Martin Luther King, Jr., Gerard Manley Hopkins, Alice in Wonderland, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, as well as other texts and poems.

Mass Of The Transfiguration

Year: 1965

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any voice, organ

Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: G.M. Hopkins’ poem in which he ask God about the meaning of evil with a quartet of voices singing Latin “answers” layered upon the setting. Reminiscent of Ives’ The Unanswered Question, but for voices. Premiered in 1993 as part of “Epithalamion”; sung by the Newark Boys Choir.

Six "Terrible" Sonnets of Gerald Manley Hopkins

Duration (in minutes): 5'39; each

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble

Description: No Worst, There is None,
Patience,
Carrion Comfort,
To Seem the Stranger,
My Own Heart,
I Wake and Feel

Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: Text by G.M. Hopkins.

Mass in Honor of Le Beau Dieu

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: choral

Score PDF: glory_to_god_in_the_highest-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Alternate title: Glory to God in the Highest. Simple setting; not necessarily sung for liturgical purposes; based on motives from the medieval Play of Daniel.

Binsey Poplars

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with piano

Publisher: Ars Nova Music

Score PDF: binsey_poplars-pgs5-7-secure-5.pdf

Description: Written for the Newark Boys' Chorus; text by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
The musical setting attempts to express the poignancy of Hopkins’ theme in this poem: “nature is so tender to touch.”

New Theology

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: a_new_theology-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Edward Hirsch, poem. Premiered by Clarissa Lyons, soprano, and Shun-Yahg Lee, piano, “Voices Up: New Poems Set to Music” at Fordham University, 2011; performances by Gregory Wiest and Sara Paar, 2012. (Audio excerpt Clarissa Lyons, soprano, and Shun-Yahg Lee, piano. Video features Gregory Wiest, tenor, Akane Kubo, piano.)

Eagle (Tennyson)

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice

Score PDF: the_eagle-secure-5.pdf

Description: Premiered at Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame, 2014 by Shannon Roberts, soprano and Yumi Suehiro, piano.

Windhover

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_windhover-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text by G. M. Hopkins.

Lament

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;-6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any male voice, clarinet, tenor voice

Score PDF: a_lament-pgs1-5-secure-5.pdf

Description: Oscar Wilde, poet. Written in memory of Michael Fallacaro, a fine clarinetist and former student who perished in a car crash when he was a senior in college. Also performed at my retirement concert by Manhattanville alumnae.

Acre of Grass

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: baritone voice, bass voice, cello

Score PDF: an_acre_of_grass-pgs1-6-secure-5.pdf

Description: W. B. Yeats, poem. Premiered at NACUSA’s “Spring Counterpoint!” at Christ & St. Stephan’s Church, NYC, 2011 by Mark Kaczmarczyk, bass-baritone, Felice Kuan, cello, Flora Kuan, piano.

Ballad of Little Boy Blue

Duration (in minutes): 5

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: ballad_of_little_boy_blue-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Eugene Field, text. Premiered by Sarah Paige Morris, Manhattanville College senior, in recital, February, 2012.

From Armgart

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: from_armgart-secure-5.pdf

Description: Winner of the Boston Art Song Competition, 2006. Virtuosic, wide-range.
Premiered by Nancy Gurt Lind in Boston, 2006.

Girl with Cello

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: cello

Score PDF: girl_with_cello-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: May Sarton, poem. Premiered by Nancy Ellen Ogle and Ginger Hwalek; recent performances include Sara Paar, soprano, Mary Robb, cello, and Catherine Miller, piano, NYC 2012. A dark but joyful poem: “….there had been no such music here until a girl came in from dark and snow….” (Audio excerpt is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with Nancy Ellen Ogle, soprano;
Allison Moore, piano; and Lurene Ekwurtzel, cello.)

I Am Ireland - set of eight songs

Duration (in minutes): 3-5'39; each song

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: harp

Score PDF: i_am_ireland-secure-5.pdf

Description: Settings of eight poems written by 20th-century Irish poets for soprano or harp. Moods are varied: humorous, nostalgic, tender, sorrowful and love songs. I Am Ireland, I Want to Be Married, Cradle Song, The Taste of Famine, O Come With Me to Galway, The Burial, I Saw from the Beach, I Sing of a Maiden. (Audio features "I Am Ireland" Chelsey Jensen, soprano; Mark Cherry, piano.)

If I Can Let You Go

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;30

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: cello

Score PDF: if_i_can_let_you_go-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: May Sarton, poem. Tender, poignant poem about the letting go of a lover. (Audio features Sara Paar, soprano, Mary Robb, cello and Catherine Miller, piano.)

Listening for River in Urbana

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: listening_for_river_in_urbana-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Ann Silsbee, poem. Written shortly after “Winter Weather Advisory”; about a river in Urbana, Illinois (called the “boneyard”) that was familiar to Ann and to me.

Note to Amadeus

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: note_to_amadeus-pgs1-6-secure-5.pdf

Description: Joan Rudel, poem. Premiered by Tara Gruszkiewicz in her Manhattanville Senior Recital (2008), and later sung by Tara in “A Faculty-Artist Recital” celebrating my compositions (2012). (Audio features Tara Gruszkiewicz, soprano, Mark Cherry, piano)

Nothing is so Beautiful as Spring

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: nothing_is_so_beautiful_as_spring-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: G.M. Hopkins, text. The music aims to express Hopkins’ ecstasy over the beauties of spring. Premiered by Gregory Wiest in Licht und Schatten, 2011, Munich, Germany.

Set Me As a Seal upon Your Heart (Song of Solomon)

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: set_me_as_a_seal-soppno-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: “Love is strong as death….” This was written for a dear friend’s wedding in Ireland. Keri McCarthy, Manhattanville senior, recorded the song in 2008.

Crucifixion

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_crucifixion-secure-5.pdf

Description: Medieval Irish text. Having heard Samuel Barber’s setting of “The Crucifixion,” I decided to do my own setting.

Heights of Macchu Picchu: Canto XII

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with piano, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any male voice, percussion, tenor voice

Score PDF: heights_of_macchu_picchu-pgs1-8-secure-5.pdf

Description: Pablo Neruda, poem. Commissioned and performed by Nancy Ellen Ogle in United States concerts in 2012. Winner of the Boston Metro Opera's 2013 Merit Award. (Audio features Faith Esham, soprano; Flora Kuan, piano; Ron Vincent, cajon peruvano.)

Little Vagabond

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;15

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_little_vagabond-soppno-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text by William Blake. (Audio is a mid-piece excerpt transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with Nancy Ellen Ogle, soprano and Ginger Hwaleck, piano.)

Sweetness

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: the_sweetness-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Edward Hirsch, poem. Premiered by Ilana Zarankin, soprano, and Shun-Yahg Lee, piano, “Voices Up: New Poems Set to Music” at Fordham University, 2011; performances by Gregory Wiest and Sara Paar, 2012. (Audio features Ilana Zarankin, soprano, and Shun-Yahg Lee, piano.)

Wild Swans at Coole

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice

Score PDF: the_wild_swans_at_coole-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: W. B. Yeats, poem. Yeats’ reflections on the passing of his life.

Waking Hours

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: waking_hours-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Heather Dubrow, poem. Premiered by Ilana Zarankin, soprano and Shun-Yang Lee, piano: “Voices Up: New Poems Set to Music” at Fordham University, 2011.

Winter Weather Advisory

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: winter_weather_advisory-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Ann Silsbee, poem. Written in 2006 in a program, “Women’s Work,” at Renee Weiler Recital Hall, NYC, in honor of the poet who had been a member of New York Women Composers, and a fellow native of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Audio features Donna Schaeffer, soprano and Sarah Meneely-Kyder, piano.

Yellow: A Response to Gerard

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: yellow-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Nancy Lind, text. The poet gives many reasons why she agrees with Gerard that “nothing is so beautiful as spring”!

Moon: Meditations

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any male voice, cello, clarinet, percussion, tenor voice

Score PDF: the_moon-meditations-tenorchamber-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: 3 Haiku on 5 Notes in 4 Minutes. Based on a Japanese pentatonic scale, the Hirajoski scale of 5 notes (G, Ab, C, D, Eb)

Second Coming

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any low voice, any male voice, baritone voice, bass voice, cello

Score PDF: the_second_coming-pgs1-6-secure-5.pdf

Description: W. B. Yeats, poem. Premiered at NACUSA’s “Spring Counterpoint!” at Christ & St. Stephan’s Church, NYC, 2011 by Mark Kaczmarczyk, bass-baritone, Felice Kuan, cello, Flora Kuan, piano.

Three Settings of Joan Rudel’s Poetry

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;-5'39; each

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: i_dream_puccini-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Written for a concert at the Berman Center in collaboration with Joan Rudel, poet and professor at Manhattanville College and composers Geoffrey Kidde and Binnette Lipper. Performed by Gayla Morgan, soprano and Christopher Oldfather, piano. (Score excerpt: I Dream Puccini. Video features Carmen, Listen to Me and Butterfly's Child.)
Carmen, Listen to Me,
I Dream Puccini,
Butterfly’s Child

Gothic Fantasy on “Crux Fidelis”

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: piano

Score PDF: gothic_fantasy-altered-final-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Theme and Variations on the Gregorian chant Crux Fidelis. Moderately advanced. (Audio features Diane Guernsey, piano)

Prairiescapes

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: piano

Score PDF: prairiescapes-cornfields-secure-5.pdf

Description: Moderately difficult pieces based on memories of Illinois farmland near my hometown, Champaign.
The Cornfields: Early Morning
The Old Giblin Farm
Endless Road

Little Songs for Little Folks

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;-3'39; each

Difficulty: Low (student/pedagogical)

Category: piano

Score PDF: a_little_beethoven_anyone-secure-5.pdf

Description: Picturesque scenes from around the world and in a child’s neighborhood. Easy-intermediate level written for young piano students.
A Minor Bird
A Song from the Highlands
Hong Kong Holiday
A Little Beethoven, Anyone?
Baseball Blues
Where or Where….?
Shannon Shindig
Lullaby for a Fawn

Three Pieces on Paintings by Oviedo

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo string instrument

Instruments: guitar

Score PDF: levantate_lazaro_-_for_guitar-secure-5.pdf

Description: Inspired by the three of Oviedo’s paintings. This painter from the Dominican Republic is one of my favorite painters of modern times. (Score excerpt: Levantate Lazaro.)
La Protesta
La Familia
Levantate Lazaro

Catamorphosis

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any woodwind, flute

Score PDF: catamorphosis-secure-5.pdf

Description: “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly.” R. Buckmeister Fuller

Ode to an Elevator

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any woodwind, clarinet

Score PDF: what_goes_up_must_come_down-secure-5.pdf

Description: A very quick ride on a quirky elevator!

Prelude

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo instrument other than piano, solo woodwind instrument

Instruments: any woodwind, flute

Score PDF: prelude-for_flute-secure-5.pdf

Description: The piece is based on the poem of the same name, “Prelude,” by the Irish writer, J.M. Synge This work was commissioned by Nina Assimakopoulis for this CD. I used it later in a new context: as the “wanderer” in Aceldama. (Audio features, Nina Assimakopoulis, flute.)

Put the City Up

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Score PDF: put_the_city_up-pgs1-5-secure-5.pdf

Description: Put the City Up is a setting of part Carl Sandburg's The Windy City, Section 6. This section of the poem is about the nature of any American city, whether it be Chicago, New York, Los Angeles. In this work, I tried to capture the energy, work, dreams, play and noise you cannot escape when walking the streets of "the city."

Sara Teasdale’s Christmas Carol

Duration (in minutes): 3:30

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Score PDF: sara_teasdale-a_christmas_carol-pgs1-3-5.pdf

Description: "A Christmas Carol," a poem of childlike simplicity and joy by Sara Teasdale. There have been so many calls for new Christmas carols, that I decided to write this one this year - in August!

Epithalamion: A Masque

Duration (in minutes): 5-6'39; each

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral, larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, mixed instrument ensemble, string quartet

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, cello, flute, harp, piano, viola, violin

Score PDF: thou_art_indeed_just_lord-pgs1-8-secure-5.pdf

Description: For string quartet, piano, harp and flute with four vocalists taking on the task of virtuosic solo parts, and a Boys Chorus and a dance ensemble. Each choral work 5-6 minutes, Total: 75 minutes
This major work, Epithalamion: A Masque, settings of poems by G. M. Hopkins, was presented in 1991 as a celebration of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Thou Art Indeed Just,
Spring and Death,
Carrion Comfort,
No Worst, There is None,
My Own Heart,
Duns Scotus’ Oxford,
To Seem the Stranger,
Henry Purcell,
God’s Grandeur,
I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: sic_transit_gloria_mundi-pgs1-3-secure-5.pdf

Description: Based on the Latin words spoken at the installation of a Pope. “The glories of this world quickly pass away ….”

Tenebrae Factae Sunt

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: tenebrae_factae_sunt-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: Setting from the Good Friday liturgy in Latin. Dark, dissonant setting.

Piper on the Hill

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: the_piper_on_the_hill-satb-pgs1-5-secure-5.pdf

Description: Dora Sigerman, text. Based on a frightening Irish tale about the wind in a village. Shifting moods throughout.

In Anguish and in Hope: A Psalm for Today

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral

Score PDF: a_psalm_for_today-pgs4-9-secure-5.pdf

Description: Commissioned by Manhattan Chorale Ensemble, Tom Cunningham, conductor; performed at Columbia University, New York City. Text: portions of psalms and a passage from Micah that speak of peace and forgiveness. In composing this work, I realized that a far more difficult question (and perhaps more deeply personal) than that of asking God to forgive us is “Can we forgive God”?

Introibo

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: brass quintet, choral, larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players

Instruments: any brass, piano, satb chorus

Score PDF: introibo-pgs1-5-secure-5.pdf

Description: From the Latin Mass, “I will go unto the altar of God, to God who gives joy to my youth….” Written for my brother, John, who loves the words he prayed as an altar boy.

Duns Scotus’ Oxford

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;-6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral

Description: Written for the Newark Boys' Chorus; text by G.M. Hopkins. (Also part of Epithalamion: A Masque)

O, Only For So Short Awhile

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) with chamber ensemble

Instruments: percussion, satb chorus

Score PDF: o_only_for_so_short_awhile-pgs1-10-secure-5.pdf

Description: Beautiful text written by an unknown Aztec (“O, only for so short awhile have you loaned us to each other….” Winning performance by the Vanguard Voices, Dearborn, Michigan; Kevin Dewey, conductor, 2006.

Fanfare for Feasts

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Score PDF: a_fanfare_for_feasts-for_sa-secure-5.pdf

Nightingale and the Mockingbird

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: flute ensemble, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any woodwind, flute

Score PDF: the_nightingale_and_the_mockingbird-pgs1-2-secure-5.pdf

Description: The beauty of the nightingale’s song is mimicked by the second flute; the first flute then tries to mimic the mockingbird in an attempt to stop the annoying imitation. They then come together as friends in song, but the true nature of each of the birds ends the work. (original title: The Sparrow and the Mockingbird. Video features flutists Heather Breene and Jennifer Pyne.)

Scherzatina for Extended Bass and Piano

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, contrabass, piano

Score PDF: scherzatina-bass_pno-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: This work, commissioned by Basso Moderno in 2008, is a dialogue between an extended solo bass and piano. The interplay between the two instruments through melodic fragments (based mainly on minor 2nds) spins through quick twists and turns. There are textural changes in electrically charged rhythms in the various registers of both instruments. (Audio features Basso Moderno Duo.)

Scherzatina for Cello and Piano

Duration (in minutes): 5'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, cello, piano

Score PDF: scherzatina-vcpno-pgs1-4-secure-5.pdf

Description: This work is a dialogue between cello and piano. The interplay between the two instruments through melodic fragments (based mainly on minor 2nds) spins through quick twists and turns. There are textural changes in electrically charged rhythms in the various registers of both instruments.

Fanfare on Te Deum

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: brass quintet, larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, mixed instrument ensemble

Instruments: percussion, timpani

Score PDF: fanfare_on_te_deum-pgs1-9_secure-5.pdf

Description: Based on the Gregorian chant, Te Deum Laudamus. The work was commissioned for Manhattanville College’s 150th Commencement. (Audio excerpt is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with The Westchester Brass Ensemble.)

Aceldama

Duration (in minutes): 13'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, string ensemble

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, cello, contrabass, flute, viola, violin

Publisher: Ars Nova Music

Score PDF: aceldama-mid_score_excerpt-pgs6-13-secure-5.pdf

Description: String ensemble and flute solo
This piece was commissioned and performed by Harold Jones’ Antara Ensemble, NYC in 2006. It won the competition “Muzyka Ogrodowa” Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego, Krakow, Poland, that same year. (Note: pdf is a mid-score excerpt)

Cantata for the Children of Terezin

Duration (in minutes): 37'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral, orchestra and chamber orchestra

Instruments: harp, piano, satb chorus

Description: This work is dedicated to all children who suffer and die too soon. The work was composed with the intention of evoking compassion for the most innocent and vulnerable among us, along with the hope that acts of horror against the young and innocent throughout the world will happen never again. The piece is also a testimony to the transformative power of music, art and poetry in these children’s lives.
Cantata For The Children Of Terezin includes:
Transports 5:30 A.M.
Home
Birdsong
A Little Mouse
A Little Garden
A Little Song Without Words
The Rose
Evening Transports
Someday

(Featured audio is Birdsong, Oxnaya Oleskaya; Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Kiev King Singers)

As the Circling Bird

Duration (in minutes): 4:30'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: as_the_circling_bird-pgs1-4-5.pdf

Description: This is one of Hopkins' earliest poems; it, like the The Windhover and The Caged Skylark, uses the image of a bird as metaphor and reveals a mystical and spiritual connection to these beautiful creatures. (Audio features Nancy Ellen Ogle, soprano, Ginger Hwalek, piano.)

Three Love Songs

Duration (in minutes): 8'39; (song cycle)

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Description: Sara Teasdale, texts. These are very early tonal works.
Pierrot
Central Park at Dusk
Song

(Audio of Pierrot is transferred from a cassette tape performance recording with Karen Lichti, soprano; Joyce Bablink, mandolin.)

Cradle Song

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: a_cradle_song-secure-5.pdf

Description: Text from a poem written by 20th–century Irish poet (Also part of the I Am Ireland song cycle). (Audio features Victoria Jessie, soprano; Mark Cherry, piano.)

CDs

Immortal Diamond

Immortal Diamond for orchestra and chorus.

Composers: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Label: Ravello Rcords

Label's Website: maryannjoyce-walter.com

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/Drilldown?name_id1=6052&name_role1=1&bcorder=1&comp_id=573449

Cantata for the Children of Terezin

Featuring two works for orchestra. The text of Cantata for the Children of Terezin, uses poems written by children incarcerated at the Terezin concentration camp during the WW II. By shining a light on the thoughts of children in the camps, the composer hopes to bring about global awareness of these atrocities committed in the hope that these acts will never happen again. Likewise, Aceldama highlights horrors of the 21st century, serving as a meditation on human suffering occurring on such a large scale where its enormity is incomprehensible.

Composers: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Label: Ravello Records

Label's Website: maryannjoyce-walter.com

Product ID: B0085AXU3G

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/Drilldown?name_id1=6052&name_role1=1&bcorder=1&comp_id=444092

Evening with Gerard Manley Hopkins

Includes songs on poetry of Hopkins by Mary Ann Joyce Walter, Joyce Hope Suskind, Samuel Barber, as well as Smith, Williams, Campbell, Betts, Hagar, Greenlee, Marshall, and Woollen. Performed by Nancy Ellen Ogle, voice, Ginger Yang Hwalek, piano, with John Burns, narrator.

Composers: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Joyce Hope Suskind, others.

Label: Capstone Records

Product ID: CPS-8666

Points of Entry: Contemporary Works for Solo Flute by Women Composers, V. I

Nina Assimakopoulos, flutist. Includes Spirit Man by Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, Prelude by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Comment by Beth Anderson, Murali by Marilyn Bliss, and works by Ran, Payne, Lomon, Owens, Diemer, Hyson, Glickman, Cox, Tower, Shafer, and Folio.

Composers: Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Beth Anderson, Marilyn Bliss, others.

Label: Capstone Records

Product ID: CPS-8759

VIDEOS

If I Can Let You Go

Composer: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Description: May Sarton, poem. Premiered by Sara Paar, soprano, Mary Robb, cello and Catherine Miller, piano.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWK7yvq9PPw

Butterfly's Child/Carmen, Listen to Me

Composer: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Description: Gayla Morgan performs two settings of poems by Joan Rudel, accompanied by Christopher Oldfather.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjRrLCgU3UM

New Theology

Composer: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter

Description: Performed by Gregory Wiest, tenor, and Akane Kubo, piano in Munich, Germany.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUeE0owHkmc

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