Three Authors/Three Songs

Duration: 11′

1. there are so many tictoc (Cummings), for soprano and piano (2005)
2. Fire and Ice (Frost), for mezzo-soprano, flute, and piano (2007)
3. The Snow Globe (Nemerov), for soprano and piano (2001)

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Rather than a traditional song cycle, Three Authors/Three Songs is a collection of my best work in the genre of art song. These songs depict a transitional arch of three stages of life: the first experience of timeless eternal love, the pains and tribulations of life as war that still surrounds us in this current generation, and thus, finally, the memories that stay with us as we enter our final chapter in our lives before leaving this world.

Three Authors/Three Songs were not composed in this consecutive order, but came together after 6 years of different circumstances and opportunities. there are so many tictoc, based on the poem of e.e. cummings, is written for soprano with piano accompaniment, and was premiered at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music 2005 5th Annual Art Song Competition on April 1, 2005. Fire and Ice, based on the poem of Robert Frost, is written for both mezzo-soprano and soprano (transposed score available), which includes a flute with a piano accompaniment. It was premiered at the “Musik für Gesang und Instrumente” Concert at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Germany on July 11, 2007.  The Snow Globe, based on the poem by Howard Nemerov, is written for soprano with piano accompaniment, and was premiered at the Longy School of Music on December 11, 2001.