Ten Poems of James Joyce
This is my cycle of ten art songs on poems by James Joyce that I composed during the winter and spring of 2019. I was working closely with soprano Danielle Talamantes and bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson, so I wrote a version of all ten songs for each of their voices.
Nonetheless, this cycle is accessible to a range of singers and is suitable for recitals, competitions and auditions. The high voice version can be sung by most sopranos or tenors, and the medium voice version can be sung by most mezzo-sopranos and baritones.
I arranged Night Piece, Strings in the Earth and Air and Bahnhofstrasse for SATB chorus and piano for the Washington Master Chorale's 10th Anniversary Season opening concert. My Three Choral Songs on James Joyce premiered on October 27, 2019 at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Thomas Colohan, artistic director of the Chorale.
In September 2019, I went back to the recording studio with Danielle and Kerry, our producer Erica Brenner, and engineer Daniel Shores of Sono Luminus studios to record the entire cycle. It forms part of our new album, entitled At That Hour, which will be released by AVIE Records late in 2020.
Finally, on February 9, 2020, Ten Poems of James Joyce premiered at George Mason University's Harris Theater as part of an all-Dehlinger program that Kerry, a faculty member at GMU's School of Music, presented with Danielle as part of the university's Spring 2020 Faculty Artists Series.