Solo Vocal / Song Cycles


  Two Donne Songs       Score excerpt   :::   Ordering information
Written when the composer was twenty, these songs for medium voice and piano have a youthful exhuberence and innocence that will be appealing to students as well as to mature singers.

Voice: Medium voice

Accompaniment: Piano

Movements:
  1. Go, and catch a falling star
  2. Song ("Sweetest Love, I do not go")
Detail Summary
Text by John Donne

   Composed:

1961, 1962

   Duration:

6.5 min.

   Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

   Catalog No.:

161

  Dove Sta Amore       Audio excerpt  :::  Ordering information
Written for soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson. The text is from Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind.

Voice: Soprano

Accompaniment: Tape

Detail Summary
Text by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

   Composed:

1969, rev. 1971

   Duration:

7 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

149


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  Apollo Circling       Audio excerpt  :::  Score excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
Commissioned by the Paderewski Fund. Based on James Dickey's commemorative poem "For the First Manned Moon Orbit"

Voice: High voice

Accompaniment: Piano

Movements:
  1. So Long
  2. The Moon Comes
  3. You Lean Back
  4. You Hang Mysteriously
Detail Summary
Text by James Dickey

   Composed:

1972

   Duration:

15 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

151


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  Five Summer Songs       Audio excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
Five songs on poems of Emily Dickinson. The poems included are New Feet Within My Garden Go, South Winds Jostle Them, I Know a Place, To Make a Prairie, and The One That Could Repeat the Summer Day.

Voice: Mezzo-soprano

Accompaniment: Piano

"...Elegant, lyrical, compelling songs."
A Singer's Guide to the American Art Song
Detail Summary

   Composed:

1972

   Duration:

12 min.

   Publisher:

ECS Publishing

   Catalog No.:

161

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  Sleep Now       Audio excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
Winner of the 1990 NATS Art Song Competition.

Voice: High voice

Accompaniment: Piano

Movements:
  1. I hear an army
  2. Ecce Puer
  3. She weeps over Rahoon
  4. The twilight turns from amethyst
  5. Sleep now
"The five songs are written with exquisite sensitivity to the rhythms of speech."
The Morning Union (Springfield, MA)
Detail Summary
Text by James Joyce.

   Composed:

1985

   Duration:

13 min.

   Publisher:

Boosey & Hawkes

   Catalog No.:

VAB 301


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  Shakespeare Songs       Audio excerpt  :::  Reviews  :::  Ordering information
Voice: High voice

Accompaniment: Piano

Movements:
  1. Take, O take those lips away
  2. Hark, hark! The lark
  3. Full fathom five
  4. Where the bee sucks
  5. O mistress mine
"Perera has successfully assimilated elements of the new neo-romantic style into his own expressive, eclectic style."
Springfield (MA) Daily News
Detail Summary
Text by William Shakespeare

   Composed:

1985

   Duration:

8 min.

   Publisher:

Pear Tree Press

   Catalog No.:

PTM 131


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