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 “Benson’s settings of texts (Songs for the End of the World) …had winning simplicity.

 

        - The New York Times

Song Cycles and Solo Songs

 

Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan – My Voice Not Being Proud

 

 

Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan – The Alchemist

 

 

Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan – Juan’s Song

 

 

Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan – Fifteenth Farewell II

 

 

Five Lyrics of Louise Bogan – Knowledge

 

 

Theodore Presser Company-sales

Jan DeGaetani, mezzo soprano, Bonita Boyd, flute

Gasparo GSCD-261

20:00

Mez, fl

text by Louise Bogan

1977

for Bonita Boyd

Hills, Woods, Brook: Three Love Songs

E. B. Marks

14:20

voice, cl, tpt, vn, vc, pf, 1 perc [be, mar, 4wdblk, tri]

text by A.R. Ammons

1982

for the University of Connecticut

Moon Rain and Memory Jane – Why We Die

 

 

Moon Rain and Memory Jane – Child’s Game

 

 

Moon Rain and Memory Jane – To My Father

 

 

Moon Rain and Memory Jane – Dust

 

 

Moon Rain and Memory Jane – Mourning For the Queen of Sunday

 

 

Moon Rain and Memory Jane – Endless Life

 

 

E. B. Marks

Performed by Lucy Shelton, soprano, Steve Doane, cello, Steven Isserlis, cello

Gasparo GSCD-261

35:00

S, 2 vc

text by May Swenson, Judson Jerome, Blaga Dmitrova, Sydney Russell, Robert Hayden, Liz M. Rosenberg

1984

Nara

Carl Fischer LLC-rental

16:00 (20:00)

S, fl, pf, 2 perc [2 timp, 2 toms, tam, maraca, jawbne, bd, whip, sm gong, tuned temple gong or ch, 8 high pitched drums (Moroccan clay drums)]

text by Earle Birney

1970

for the Lyric Arts Trio

Shadow Wood – Shadow Wood

 

 

Shadow Wood – My Little One

 

 

Shadow Wood – Old Men Are Fond

 

 

Shadow Wood – Covenant

 

 

Shadow Wood – We Have Not Long To Love

 

 

Shadow Wood – The Last Wine

 

 

E. B. Marks

Performed by Virginia Dupuy, mezzo soprano and the Meadows Wind Ensemble

Jack Delany, conductor

Gasparo GSCD – 342

22:00

Mez, 16 winds, perc -’93 version: mezzo, 2 (pc).1.2.bc.1/1.1.1.0/db (w/low C) hp/4perc [be, vb, ch, mar, 4tri, 2sc, 3tams, wdblk, 2bd, picc sd, bongo, tamb, tmpb, metal wdch,glass wdch]

text by Tennessee Williams

1968

for Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory W.E., Frank Battisti, conductor (full band); SMU Meadows W.E., Jack Delaney, conductor (chamber ens.)

Songs for the End of the World; I. Awakening

 

 

Songs for the End of the World; II. Two Step

 

 

Songs for the End of the World; III. Lullaby

 

 

Songs for the End of the World; IV. Spring

 

 

Songs for the End of the World; V. Siciliana

 

 

Songs for the End of the World; VI. Nocturne

 

 

E. B. Marks

Jan DeGaetani, mezzo soprano, Verne Reynolds, horn, Robert Sylvester, cello, John Beck, marimba, Phillip West, English horn

Albany Records: Troy 236

30:00

Mez, hn, Eng hn, vc, mar

John Gardner

1980

for the International Horn Society

(Three) Solitary Songs – American Primitive

 

 

E. B. Marks

Excerpt “American Primitive”

Performed by Jan DeGaetani, mezzo soprano, Gilbert Kalish, piano

Nonesuch 79178-2

02:09

med. voice (avail in treble and bass clefs), pf

text by Earle Birney, William Jay Smith, and Kenneth Patchen

1964

 

 

Warren Benson

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