Mira J. Spektor (1928-2021)

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Mira J. Spektor (1928-2021)

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Born in Europe, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she then studied at Mannes College of Music and Juilliard. In 1975 she founded The Aviva Players, a group that performs chamber music and songs by women composers of the 12th to 21st centuries. She has written songs and scores for theater, feature films, and PBS documentaries. Recent CDs: The Houswives' Cantata, Lady of the Castle, and Mira Chante/French Love Songs on Original Cast Records, and Lullabies and Love Songs on Airplay. The Road to November, a new collections of poems, is published by JWRC Press. Affiliations: BMI, Dramatist Guild, League of Professional Theater Women and NYWC. Some press quotes about Ms. Spektor's music: The New York Times: "an interesting composer" "The setting was attractive and tonal, and recalled some of the me graceful music in Bernstein's 'Trouble in Tahiti'" "A sprightly songfest" New Choices: "A mini miracle of a musical" The Jewish Week: "powerful, moving music"

Two Songs for Baritone

Year: 2019

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: "Indian Summer" - Poem by Mira J. Spektor "Sunday Psalm" - Poem by Phyllis McGuinley

Two Microbes from Mars

Year: 2002

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: musical theater
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Description: Lyrics and book by Kate McLeod. A mini sci-fi children and grownup musical. Performed by The Actor's Institute for Golden Fleece, Ltd. Excerpts at Triad Theater NYC.

Two Songs on Poems by William Dickey

Year: 1999

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella
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Description: "Therefore" poem by William Dickey "The White Road of Summer" - William Dickey - Voice/Folk Piano

Two Songs on Poems by Lily Nussbaum

Year: 1998

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: piano "Paracheech Tea" and "Quiet" for - two art songs based on an 11 year old poet. Heard in NYC and South Hampton, Long Island

Two 7 Minute Operas for 2 Women and Piano

Year: 1997

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: opera
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Description: Casino A seven minute opera for soprano, mezzo soprano, and piano on a poem by the composer - About a Mother and a Daughter - performed by Golden Fleece Chamber Opera and at Aviva Players Concerts. Ladies of Romance Seven minute opera - libretto by June Siegel - for soprano, mezzo soprano, and piano (mezzo part can be sung by baritone). A mini opera- buffo about some heroines and their heros in literature. Peformed by Golden Fleece and at Hewlett Library.

Song & Musical about a Mother and Daughter

Year: 1997

Duration (in minutes): 10'39

Difficulty: High (professional)

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

Instruments: mezzo soprano
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Give Me Time

Year: 1996

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: baritone voice, mezzo soprano
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Description: Lyrics: Jun Siegel, Mira J. Spektor, and Caroline Crippen about an older couple who meet on a park bench in Florida. Heard in NYC: Golden Fleece Ltd. and at UJA Music Programs, in Palm Beach, Florida, and toured Public Libraries in Long Island for LICA. "A mini-miracle of a musical" - New Choices

Mary Shelley

Year: 1993

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: opera
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Description: Libretto by Collette Inez. 1993 - Golden Fleece Chamber Opera, Greenwich School of Music, Donnell Library. "The setting was attractive and tonal, and recalled some of the more graceful music in Bernstein's 'Trouble in Tahiti.' Particularly appealing was a duet between Mary and Percy Bythe Shelley" - Allan Kozinn in the New York Times. Full length version commissioned by Rockland Opera Company for June 21, 2003.

Indian Serenade

Year: 1993

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: Poem by Percy B. Shelley. Heard also in the chamber opera Mary Shelley

Sea-Song

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano, piano
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Wish I Had A Fish Tail

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: folk or pop v.

Little Filly Named Heart's Desire

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): Heart'39;s

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheet and cassette - pop song (rock); lyrics: June Siegel for film "High Stakes"

Saturday Girl

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheet - pop song, lyrics: June Siegel for movie "High Stakes."

Take Me Home Tonight

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheet and cassette - title song for film "High Stakes."

Provincetown Suite

Year: 1987

Duration (in minutes): 12'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, cello, flute, oboe, piano, viola
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Description: (concertina or vn can be used instead of flute) tonal and lyrical, this trio was adapted from music score for TV documentary, "Art in its Soul" (seen on WGBH-TV and at Whitney Museum, NYC).

Passion of Lizzie Borden

Year: 1985

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, musical theater, opera, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any female voice, any high voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, celesta, cello, flute, mezzo soprano, narrator/speaker, piano, soprano
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Description: Libretto by Ruth Whitman. Short opera about the famous murder case. Premiered 1985 Marymount Manhattan College, then Off-Broadway Golden Fleece, NYC, West End Opera Co. at SUNY Buffalo NY, Lincoln Center Outdoor and videotaped by Pratt Institute for Cable TV. Listed in National Music Theater Network. "A 'very short opera' to evocative poetry by Ruth Whitman...(Ms. Spektor) an interesting composer...an impassioned duet for Lizzie and her sister" John Rockwell - The New York Times

Lady Of The Castle

Year: 1982

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: musical theater
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Description: Lyrics based on play by Lea Goldberg about the true story of a young girl who was hidden in the basement of a ruined castle during the Holocaust. Premiered 1982 on NY Cable TV. Heard in NYC, in Pittsfield Mass, in Long Island: East Hampton, Woodmere and Comstock. Produced in German in Berlin, Germany and in London at Barbican Center St. Giles, Cripplegate Church, for the Festival of Austrian-Jewish Culture. On and Original Cast Records CD.

Magen Yerushalaim

Year: 1982

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral
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Our Apartment

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any voice, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Sex

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Candles Bright

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

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 female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano
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Description: folk or pop v; lyrics: Louis I. Newman; Christmas and Hannukhah song.

Song Of The Bourgeosie Hippie

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

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 female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: folk or pop v; lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Riderless Horse

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

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 female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano
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Description: lyrics: Louis I. Newman; commissioned/perf for Kennedy Memorial Service.

Sunday Psalm

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, baritone voice, oboe, violin
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Description: poem: Phyllis McGuinley; performed at Madison Presbyterian Church, NYC, by Lawrence Chelsi.

Rooftops Of The Past

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata."

White House Resident

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Ladies of Romance

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: musical theater, opera, solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: Opera Buffo about Heroines & their Heroes

Four Songs On Poems By Ruth Whitman

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): 12'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, cello, flute, mezzo soprano, violin
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Description: in NYC, Brooklyn College, Rutgers Univ, Sarah Lawrence College, Santa Fe, NM and Jerusalem, Israel.

H Is For Hanna

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

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 female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano
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Description: folk or pop v; lyrics: Louis I. Newman; written for and performed at Temple Rodeph Shalom, NYC.

Legs

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: pop song; lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Housewives' Cantata

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): Housewives'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: 20 songs. Lyrics: June Siegel. Feminist musical - Original Cast Records CD and Cable TV. Heard in NYC, Long Island, St. Paul and Minneapolis. Produced Off- Broadway by Cheryl Crawford, After Dinner Opera Company for Women's History Month with Richard Woitach, Metropolitan Opera Conductor January 1997. Songs at 30th Anniversary Celebration of NOW. "A sprightly slong fest" - The New York Times. "A feminist musical...light and frothy on the outside with a stinging bite inside" - South Shore Record "The music ranges from rags to romantic" St. Paul Pioneer Press

Little Women

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

New Song

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel

Adultery Waltz

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: baritone voice, piano, soprano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Dirty Dish Rag

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any voice
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Early Morning Rain

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: lyrics: Charline Spektor; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Ladies Of Lit.

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any voice, piano
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Description: lead sheet - lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata."

New Song

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, piano
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Description: "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Open Road

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any voice, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

What Is A Woman?

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Daughter's Lullaby

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): Daughter'39;s

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records; also on "Mira Sings Lullabies", Westminster Records.

Guinevere Among The Grapefruit Peels

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: arrangement from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Mr. Fixer

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: high mezzo; lyrics: June Siegel; arrangement from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Suburban Rose

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Je Suis Belle Cheri

Year: 1952

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheets, French pop song; recorded Westminster Records.

Love Is More Thicker Than Forget

Year: 1949

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: 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 medium voice, any string, any voice, mezzo soprano, piano, soprano, violin
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Description: also be sung by 3 part women's ch) poem: e.e.cummings; written for and performed Sarah Lawrence Col Women's Chor, 1949; revised for 3 solo voices; performed Aviva Players, St. Peter's Ch, NYC, Cable TV, 1989.

Evenin' Air Blues

Year: 1949

Duration (in minutes): Evenin'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: folk or pop v, poem Langston Hughes; written for and performed by Sarah Lawrence Dance Dept.

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Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano
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Dreams That Have Ended

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral
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Description: vv with fl, vc, pn from "Lady of the Castle."

Art In Its Soul

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, piano, viola
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Description: music score for TV documentary seen at Whitney Museum and WGBH-TV, Boston.

M.C.P. Song

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Someday Blues

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Drei Neue Lieder

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: On three Goethe poems. In German in two keys: for high or medium Soprano and piano or harp. "Geheimnes," "So lasst mich scheinen," "Der Musensohn"

Three French Songs

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: "Emerveillement" - French text - Poem by Comtesse Anna de Noaille. Soprano or mezzo soprano and piano (2000) "La complainte de Rutebeuf" for Mezzo soprano and piano on a French poem by Rutebeuf - 13th Century French poet (2001) "Il neige dans mon coeur" - French lyrics by composer for Mezzo soprano and piano arranged by Josephine Baker's Band in 1954. Heard on Mira Chante - French love songs on Original Cast Records CD.

Touch Me

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheet, pop song; lyrics: June Siegel.

Two Bedtime Songs

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: "Winter Lullaby" and "Call Me" -Poems by Mira J. Spektor. Both songs also in "Summer and Winter Songs" for voice and harp on Original Cast Recod CD. WINter Lullaby recorded on Lullabys and Lovesongs on AirPlay Audio Publishing. Call Me recorded by Helene Williams on Helene Williams Sings Songs of Love on Capstone Records.

Daytime & Night Songs

Sarah Mesko mezzo-soprano

Brent Funderburk piano

Michael Laderman flute

Brian Sanders cello

Stephen Benson guitar



Release Date: October 11, 2019

Composers: Mira J. Spektor

Label: Navona Records, LLC

Label's Website: www.miraspektor.com

Product ID: NV6256

Buy URL: https://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6256/

Buy URL 2: https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2292257

Summer and Winter Songs

Prolific composer Mira J. Spektor makes her Navona Records debut with SUMMER AND WINTER SONGS, a collection of works for voice that bring together family and friends, history and culture, and loss and love.

Composers: Mira J. Spektor

Label: Navona Records, LLC

Product ID: NV6236

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/Spektor-Summer-Winter-Maeve-Hoglund/dp/B07QXPPCKG

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2288683

Villa Diodati, A Chamber Opera

VILLA DIODATI composed by Mira J. Spektor with libretto by Colette Inez, features the poetry of notorious Romantic poets Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth. The plot revolves around the fateful events of Summer, 1816, when Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley penned "Frankenstein" while staying at the Villa Diodati in Geneva with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron.

Composers: Mira J. Spektor

Label: Albany Records

Product ID: TROY1584

Buy URL: https://www.albanyrecords.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AR&Product_Code=TROY1584&Category_Code=a-Opera

Buy URL 2: https://www.amazon.com/Villa-Diodati-Chamber-Rachel-Arky/dp/B014PLUY0A

LADY OF THE CASTLE

Music & lyrics by Mira J.Spektor - A chamber opera for 4 voices & 3 instruments based on a play by Lea Goldberg, about a young girl hidden & found in a crumbling European castle in 1947, after the Holocaust... over 10 productions in New York, Berlin & London...CD of live performance at St Giles Cripplegate Church in the Barbican Center in London...Also on Cd SUMMER & WINTER SONGS - 6 songs with music & poems by Mira J. Spektor sung by Soprano Patricia Thomspson with harpist Susan Jolles...and MAGEN YERUSHALAIM - The Shield of Jerusalem - Duet for 2 solo voices Music & lyric by Mira J, Spektor sung by Patricia Thompson & Constance Beavon.

Composers: Mira J. Spektor.

Product ID: ORIGINAL CAST RECORDS (2001)

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/Mira-Spektor-Castle-Magen-Yerushalaim/dp/B000P18ZYW/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Lady+of+the+Castle+by+mira+j.+spektor&qid=1567870469&s=gateway&sr=8-2

MIRA CHANTE

14 French "chansons" - pop, classic & folk songs, sung in French by
Mira Jozelle (Spektor), including songs by Trenet, Piaf, Kosma, Faure, & 2 songs:
"IL NEIGE DANS MON COEUR" and "JE SUIS BELLE , CHERI" with music & lyrics
by Mira J. Spektor...Recorded on LPs 1955 - 1975 by Westminster, Concert Hall and Guilde International du Disque...Re-mastered on CDs by Charles de Montebello... Produced in 2001 by Bruce Yeko for Original Cast Records.

Composers: Mira J. Spektor.

Product ID: ORIGINAL CAST RECORDS (2001)

HOUSEWIVES' CANTATA

Feminist musical for women & men - Music by Mira J. Spektor & Lyrics by June Siegel -- Written in 1973, the year Ms Magazine was born... Sung by Lawrence Chelsi, Maida Meyers Lowin, Mira J. Spektor, Sharon Talbot & guest artist Mary Gordon Murray - Orchestrations & conducted by Bob Goldstone...
"A sprightly songfest" - The New York Times
"The humor is fresh & pointed" - The Daily News
"The music ranges from rag to romantic" - South Shore Record
"Revue cause for delight...sharp, funny...spares no one" - St Paul Pioneer Press

Composers: Mira J. Spektor.

Product ID: ORIGINAL CAST RECORDS OC9363

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/Housewives-Cantata-1981-Original-Cast/dp/B000004CP3/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Housewives+cantata&qid=1567870332&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Villa Diodati, Chamber Opera

Composer: Mira J. Spektor

Description: Opening Selections: Train Music; Villa on the Lake; Overture; A Cold Summer. A Banks Street Film Production.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3V3eTrCLhs


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Ladies of Romance

Composer: Mira J. Spektor

Description: A short opera buffo, with music by Mira J. Spektor, and libretto by June Siegel. Performed by Hillary Schranze, soprano, Karen Jolicoeur, soprano, Brian Hunter, tenor, and Barbara Ames, piano.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=warOqUJd2-s


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BIOGRAPHY
Born in Europe, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she then studied at Mannes College of Music and Juilliard. In 1975 she founded The Aviva Players, a group that performs chamber music and songs by women composers of the 12th to 21st centuries. She has written songs and scores for theater, feature films, and PBS documentaries. Recent CDs: The Houswives' Cantata, Lady of the Castle, and Mira Chante/French Love Songs on Original Cast Records, and Lullabies and Love Songs on Airplay. The Road to November, a new collections of poems, is published by JWRC Press. Affiliations: BMI, Dramatist Guild, League of Professional Theater Women and NYWC. Some press quotes about Ms. Spektor's music: The New York Times: "an interesting composer" "The setting was attractive and tonal, and recalled some of the me graceful music in Bernstein's 'Trouble in Tahiti'" "A sprightly songfest" New Choices: "A mini miracle of a musical" The Jewish Week: "powerful, moving music"
COMPOSITIONS

Two Songs for Baritone

Year: 2019

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: "Indian Summer" - Poem by Mira J. Spektor "Sunday Psalm" - Poem by Phyllis McGuinley

Two Microbes from Mars

Year: 2002

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: musical theater
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Description: Lyrics and book by Kate McLeod. A mini sci-fi children and grownup musical. Performed by The Actor's Institute for Golden Fleece, Ltd. Excerpts at Triad Theater NYC.

Two Songs on Poems by William Dickey

Year: 1999

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) a cappella
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Description: "Therefore" poem by William Dickey "The White Road of Summer" - William Dickey - Voice/Folk Piano

Two Songs on Poems by Lily Nussbaum

Year: 1998

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: piano "Paracheech Tea" and "Quiet" for - two art songs based on an 11 year old poet. Heard in NYC and South Hampton, Long Island

Two 7 Minute Operas for 2 Women and Piano

Year: 1997

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: opera
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Description: Casino A seven minute opera for soprano, mezzo soprano, and piano on a poem by the composer - About a Mother and a Daughter - performed by Golden Fleece Chamber Opera and at Aviva Players Concerts. Ladies of Romance Seven minute opera - libretto by June Siegel - for soprano, mezzo soprano, and piano (mezzo part can be sung by baritone). A mini opera- buffo about some heroines and their heros in literature. Peformed by Golden Fleece and at Hewlett Library.

Song & Musical about a Mother and Daughter

Year: 1997

Duration (in minutes): 10'39

Difficulty: High (professional)

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

Instruments: mezzo soprano
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Give Me Time

Year: 1996

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: baritone voice, mezzo soprano
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Description: Lyrics: Jun Siegel, Mira J. Spektor, and Caroline Crippen about an older couple who meet on a park bench in Florida. Heard in NYC: Golden Fleece Ltd. and at UJA Music Programs, in Palm Beach, Florida, and toured Public Libraries in Long Island for LICA. "A mini-miracle of a musical" - New Choices

Mary Shelley

Year: 1993

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: opera
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Description: Libretto by Collette Inez. 1993 - Golden Fleece Chamber Opera, Greenwich School of Music, Donnell Library. "The setting was attractive and tonal, and recalled some of the more graceful music in Bernstein's 'Trouble in Tahiti.' Particularly appealing was a duet between Mary and Percy Bythe Shelley" - Allan Kozinn in the New York Times. Full length version commissioned by Rockland Opera Company for June 21, 2003.

Indian Serenade

Year: 1993

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: Poem by Percy B. Shelley. Heard also in the chamber opera Mary Shelley

Sea-Song

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano, piano
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Wish I Had A Fish Tail

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: folk or pop v.

Little Filly Named Heart's Desire

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): Heart'39;s

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheet and cassette - pop song (rock); lyrics: June Siegel for film "High Stakes"

Saturday Girl

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheet - pop song, lyrics: June Siegel for movie "High Stakes."

Take Me Home Tonight

Year: 1988

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheet and cassette - title song for film "High Stakes."

Provincetown Suite

Year: 1987

Duration (in minutes): 12'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, cello, flute, oboe, piano, viola
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Description: (concertina or vn can be used instead of flute) tonal and lyrical, this trio was adapted from music score for TV documentary, "Art in its Soul" (seen on WGBH-TV and at Whitney Museum, NYC).

Passion of Lizzie Borden

Year: 1985

Duration (in minutes): 15'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players, musical theater, opera, solo voice(s) with solo instruments

Instruments: any female voice, any high voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, celesta, cello, flute, mezzo soprano, narrator/speaker, piano, soprano
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Description: Libretto by Ruth Whitman. Short opera about the famous murder case. Premiered 1985 Marymount Manhattan College, then Off-Broadway Golden Fleece, NYC, West End Opera Co. at SUNY Buffalo NY, Lincoln Center Outdoor and videotaped by Pratt Institute for Cable TV. Listed in National Music Theater Network. "A 'very short opera' to evocative poetry by Ruth Whitman...(Ms. Spektor) an interesting composer...an impassioned duet for Lizzie and her sister" John Rockwell - The New York Times

Lady Of The Castle

Year: 1982

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: musical theater
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Description: Lyrics based on play by Lea Goldberg about the true story of a young girl who was hidden in the basement of a ruined castle during the Holocaust. Premiered 1982 on NY Cable TV. Heard in NYC, in Pittsfield Mass, in Long Island: East Hampton, Woodmere and Comstock. Produced in German in Berlin, Germany and in London at Barbican Center St. Giles, Cripplegate Church, for the Festival of Austrian-Jewish Culture. On and Original Cast Records CD.

Magen Yerushalaim

Year: 1982

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral
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Our Apartment

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any voice, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Sex

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Candles Bright

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

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 female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano
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Description: folk or pop v; lyrics: Louis I. Newman; Christmas and Hannukhah song.

Song Of The Bourgeosie Hippie

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

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 female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: folk or pop v; lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Riderless Horse

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

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 female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano
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Description: lyrics: Louis I. Newman; commissioned/perf for Kennedy Memorial Service.

Sunday Psalm

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, baritone voice, oboe, violin
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Description: poem: Phyllis McGuinley; performed at Madison Presbyterian Church, NYC, by Lawrence Chelsi.

Rooftops Of The Past

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata."

White House Resident

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Ladies of Romance

Year: 1980

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: musical theater, opera, solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: Opera Buffo about Heroines & their Heroes

Four Songs On Poems By Ruth Whitman

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): 12'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, any woodwind, cello, flute, mezzo soprano, violin
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Description: in NYC, Brooklyn College, Rutgers Univ, Sarah Lawrence College, Santa Fe, NM and Jerusalem, Israel.

H Is For Hanna

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

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 female voice, any medium voice, any string, any voice, guitar, mezzo soprano
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Description: folk or pop v; lyrics: Louis I. Newman; written for and performed at Temple Rodeph Shalom, NYC.

Legs

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: pop song; lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Housewives' Cantata

Year: 1975

Duration (in minutes): Housewives'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: 20 songs. Lyrics: June Siegel. Feminist musical - Original Cast Records CD and Cable TV. Heard in NYC, Long Island, St. Paul and Minneapolis. Produced Off- Broadway by Cheryl Crawford, After Dinner Opera Company for Women's History Month with Richard Woitach, Metropolitan Opera Conductor January 1997. Songs at 30th Anniversary Celebration of NOW. "A sprightly slong fest" - The New York Times. "A feminist musical...light and frothy on the outside with a stinging bite inside" - South Shore Record "The music ranges from rags to romantic" St. Paul Pioneer Press

Little Women

Year: 1974

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Instruments: baritone voice
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

New Song

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel

Adultery Waltz

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: baritone voice, piano, soprano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Dirty Dish Rag

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any voice
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Early Morning Rain

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: lyrics: Charline Spektor; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Ladies Of Lit.

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 6'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any voice, piano
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Description: lead sheet - lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata."

New Song

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, piano
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Description: "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Open Road

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any voice, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

What Is A Woman?

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Daughter's Lullaby

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): Daughter'39;s

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records; also on "Mira Sings Lullabies", Westminster Records.

Guinevere Among The Grapefruit Peels

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: arrangement from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Mr. Fixer

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: high mezzo; lyrics: June Siegel; arrangement from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Suburban Rose

Year: 1973

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Je Suis Belle Cheri

Year: 1952

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheets, French pop song; recorded Westminster Records.

Love Is More Thicker Than Forget

Year: 1949

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: 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 medium voice, any string, any voice, mezzo soprano, piano, soprano, violin
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Description: also be sung by 3 part women's ch) poem: e.e.cummings; written for and performed Sarah Lawrence Col Women's Chor, 1949; revised for 3 solo voices; performed Aviva Players, St. Peter's Ch, NYC, Cable TV, 1989.

Evenin' Air Blues

Year: 1949

Duration (in minutes): Evenin'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: folk or pop v, poem Langston Hughes; written for and performed by Sarah Lawrence Dance Dept.

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Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano
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Dreams That Have Ended

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: choral
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Description: vv with fl, vc, pn from "Lady of the Castle."

Art In Its Soul

Duration (in minutes): 30'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: mixed instrument ensemble, mixed instrument trio, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, piano, viola
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Description: music score for TV documentary seen at Whitney Museum and WGBH-TV, Boston.

M.C.P. Song

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Someday Blues

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;30'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

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

Instruments: any female voice, any male voice, any medium voice, any voice, baritone voice, mezzo soprano, piano
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Description: lyrics: June Siegel; from "The Housewives' Cantata" Original Cast Records.

Drei Neue Lieder

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: On three Goethe poems. In German in two keys: for high or medium Soprano and piano or harp. "Geheimnes," "So lasst mich scheinen," "Der Musensohn"

Three French Songs

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: "Emerveillement" - French text - Poem by Comtesse Anna de Noaille. Soprano or mezzo soprano and piano (2000) "La complainte de Rutebeuf" for Mezzo soprano and piano on a French poem by Rutebeuf - 13th Century French poet (2001) "Il neige dans mon coeur" - French lyrics by composer for Mezzo soprano and piano arranged by Josephine Baker's Band in 1954. Heard on Mira Chante - French love songs on Original Cast Records CD.

Touch Me

Duration (in minutes): 2'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: lead sheet, pop song; lyrics: June Siegel.

Two Bedtime Songs

Duration (in minutes): 3'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano
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Description: "Winter Lullaby" and "Call Me" -Poems by Mira J. Spektor. Both songs also in "Summer and Winter Songs" for voice and harp on Original Cast Recod CD. WINter Lullaby recorded on Lullabys and Lovesongs on AirPlay Audio Publishing. Call Me recorded by Helene Williams on Helene Williams Sings Songs of Love on Capstone Records.

CDs

Daytime & Night Songs

Sarah Mesko mezzo-soprano

Brent Funderburk piano

Michael Laderman flute

Brian Sanders cello

Stephen Benson guitar



Release Date: October 11, 2019

Composers: Mira J. Spektor

Label: Navona Records, LLC

Label's Website: www.miraspektor.com

Product ID: NV6256

Buy URL 2: https://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2292257

Summer and Winter Songs

Prolific composer Mira J. Spektor makes her Navona Records debut with SUMMER AND WINTER SONGS, a collection of works for voice that bring together family and friends, history and culture, and loss and love.

Composers: Mira J. Spektor

Label: Navona Records, LLC

Product ID: NV6236

Buy URL 2: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=2288683

Villa Diodati, A Chamber Opera

VILLA DIODATI composed by Mira J. Spektor with libretto by Colette Inez, features the poetry of notorious Romantic poets Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth. The plot revolves around the fateful events of Summer, 1816, when Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley penned "Frankenstein" while staying at the Villa Diodati in Geneva with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron.

Composers: Mira J. Spektor

Label: Albany Records

Product ID: TROY1584

Buy URL 2: https://www.amazon.com/Villa-Diodati-Chamber-Rachel-Arky/dp/B014PLUY0A

LADY OF THE CASTLE

Music & lyrics by Mira J.Spektor - A chamber opera for 4 voices & 3 instruments based on a play by Lea Goldberg, about a young girl hidden & found in a crumbling European castle in 1947, after the Holocaust... over 10 productions in New York, Berlin & London...CD of live performance at St Giles Cripplegate Church in the Barbican Center in London...Also on Cd SUMMER & WINTER SONGS - 6 songs with music & poems by Mira J. Spektor sung by Soprano Patricia Thomspson with harpist Susan Jolles...and MAGEN YERUSHALAIM - The Shield of Jerusalem - Duet for 2 solo voices Music & lyric by Mira J, Spektor sung by Patricia Thompson & Constance Beavon.

Composers: Mira J. Spektor.

Product ID: ORIGINAL CAST RECORDS (2001)

MIRA CHANTE

14 French "chansons" - pop, classic & folk songs, sung in French by
Mira Jozelle (Spektor), including songs by Trenet, Piaf, Kosma, Faure, & 2 songs:
"IL NEIGE DANS MON COEUR" and "JE SUIS BELLE , CHERI" with music & lyrics
by Mira J. Spektor...Recorded on LPs 1955 - 1975 by Westminster, Concert Hall and Guilde International du Disque...Re-mastered on CDs by Charles de Montebello... Produced in 2001 by Bruce Yeko for Original Cast Records.

Composers: Mira J. Spektor.

Product ID: ORIGINAL CAST RECORDS (2001)

HOUSEWIVES' CANTATA

Feminist musical for women & men - Music by Mira J. Spektor & Lyrics by June Siegel -- Written in 1973, the year Ms Magazine was born... Sung by Lawrence Chelsi, Maida Meyers Lowin, Mira J. Spektor, Sharon Talbot & guest artist Mary Gordon Murray - Orchestrations & conducted by Bob Goldstone...
"A sprightly songfest" - The New York Times
"The humor is fresh & pointed" - The Daily News
"The music ranges from rag to romantic" - South Shore Record
"Revue cause for delight...sharp, funny...spares no one" - St Paul Pioneer Press

Composers: Mira J. Spektor.

Product ID: ORIGINAL CAST RECORDS OC9363

VIDEOS

Villa Diodati, Chamber Opera

Composer: Mira J. Spektor

Description: Opening Selections: Train Music; Villa on the Lake; Overture; A Cold Summer. A Banks Street Film Production.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3V3eTrCLhs


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Ladies of Romance

Composer: Mira J. Spektor

Description: A short opera buffo, with music by Mira J. Spektor, and libretto by June Siegel. Performed by Hillary Schranze, soprano, Karen Jolicoeur, soprano, Brian Hunter, tenor, and Barbara Ames, piano.

Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=warOqUJd2-s


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