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Jeanne Singer (1924-2000)

Composer and pianist. BA Barnard College, Phi Beta Kappa, Honorary Ph.D. in Music. Performed world-wide. Jeanne Singer set over 150 poems to music as art songs, choral works and vocal-chamber settings combining voice with solo instruments. The poets are mainly American with a sampling of other languages. She composed a number of chamber works for various combinations of instruments including flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, harp, violin, viola, cello, piano. She completed a large work for orchestra and solo voice in two parts, "TRIBUTE TO RAOUL WALLENBERG" based on 2 American poems: TO BE BRAVE IS ALL (Madeline Mason) and AVENUE OF THE RIGHTEOUS (Anne Marx).

She studied composition at Columbia University under Douglas Moore and others. She was a private piano pupil of Nadia Reisenberg for 15 years. A recipient of the Artist Diploma (gold medal) from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, she has concertized extensively. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from World University in 1984.

Style is tonal, melodic, neo-romantic. Scores of all works available.


Works in the NYWC Catalog:

5 Galgenleider

Duration: 7'30"
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, baritone can be substitued for Soprano
5 songs. Commissioned by Florence Hechtel for Deutsches Haus, NYC. German poems by Christian Morgenstern; humorous. Premiered 1982. 1st prize Composers, Authors & Artists of America, 1986. performed Budapest, Hungary and Lincoln Center. "Music perfectly matching the poet's black humor..." - Boston review.

American Indian Song Suite

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Alto, Ten, Bs, Ten and Mez Solos
choral version; Premiered Bogota, Colombia, National Un. Choir, 1980. Based on Traditional Indian texts and songs. Perf. Lincoln Center, Hofstra University, elsewhere USA.

American Indian Song Suite (Cycle)

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Mez, bar
4 songs based on traditional Indian songs and texts. Commissioned by for U.S. Bicentennial. Numerous performances through USA; radio broadcasts. Rec CD Cambria Records disc & cassette.

American Short Subjects

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn
Premiered Un. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill."

An American Vision

Duration: 12'
Instrumentation: Pn, Mez, or Ten
4 songs med/high voice. Lyrics J. Singer: "Find Your Own Way," "Ten Steps Ahead," "There is Darkness," "Hey, America!." Premiered F. Hechtel, sop, Int. Cong. IBA, New Orleans 1986. Am mus idioms: folk, gospel, etc. For professional soloist.

Andante

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn
Medium difficult; suitable advanced students and concerts. performed by Lincoln Center, Long Island, Un. Wisconsin."

Ballad Of Changing Times

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn, 2 Ten, 2 Bs
Light and humorous. Commissioned by Faerder Singers, Brooklyn NY. Premiered Norwegian Seamens Church, Brooklyn. Text by Composer.

Banquet

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Hn,Sop~or~Sop,Vc
Commissioned/Premiered E. Palmedo, soprano, Garden City, NY, 1978. Poem by L. Schwartz; humorous, modern.
Publisher:
Cor Publishing Co.
67 Bell Place
Massapequa, NY  11758
Office: (516) 798-7515


Baroque Frolic

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Pn
Medium difficult; suitable for students and recitals. Numerous performances USA.

Betrothal

Duration: 2'30"
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Mez, Ten, Bar, or Ten or bar
Text R. Bandler. Commissioned by National Society of Arts & Letters. Premiered National Arts Club, NYC, 1983, F. Hechtel, mez. Numerous performances USA. Lively Scottish dance-like flavor. Tape available.

Caprice

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Hpschd
Fairly difficult; rapid continuous left hand.

Carol Of The Bells

Duration: 2'30"
Instrumentation: Pn, 2 Sop, Alto
Text J. Singer. Premiered North Shore Singers. Also with organ - suitable for Christmas - church, schools, concerts.

Choral Art Or Antics

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Pn, 2 Sop, Alto
Text E. Boyd. Commissioned by North Shore Singers Chorale. Humorous.

Come Greet The Spring

Duration: 3'30"
Instrumentation: Pn, 2 Sop, Alto
1st Prize Composers Guild 1979. Commissioned by North Shore Singers. Text by E. Boyd. Cheerful. Has soprano solo; lively piano part. Suitable High School, concerts. PLYMOUTH MUSIC

Composer's Prayer

Duration: Composer's
Instrumentation: Prayer (1977) 5', Pn, 2 Sop, Alto
Premiered Salt Lake City 1980. Commissioned by Ora Pate Stewart. 1st Prize Composers, Authors & Artists of America. Text by O. Stewart; inspirational but not religious. FERNWOOD

A Cycle Of Love (A Woman's Journey Through Love)

Duration: Woman's
Instrumentation: Journey through love) (1974) 8'30", Pn, Sop
4 songs. Poems by Anne Marx, Amy Lowell, Jeanne Singer, Madeline Mason: "Merging Song," "A Decade," "Lament," "All Beauty Brings You Close." Premiered Lincoln Center, I. Olson, sop. 1975. 1st prize Composers Authors & Artists of Am., 1976. "...beautiful melodic lines combined with finely wrought accompaniments."- Nordisk Tidende.

Etude

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn
Presto repeated figuration; suitable for advanced students with small hands, also recitals; sounds showy. "

Follow, O Follow

Duration: 4'30"
Instrumentation: Pno,Sop,Ten
Duet for solo voices. Commissioned by Austin Miskell. Premiered College of Sante Fe 1984. 1st prize CAAA 1986. Poem by Cornel Lengyel. Rec CD disc Cambria Records and cassette.

For The Night Of Christmas

Duration: 2'30"
Instrumentation: SSA
Also version SSA, pn; a capella version 1st Prize NLAPW. Text B. Grebanier. Numerous performances USA. Christmas text, suitable high school, college, church, concerts.

Four Songs Of Reverance (Cycle)

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Mez, Ten, Bar, org
4 songs: "Midnight," "Fiat," "For Justice," "Abode." 1st prize NLAPW, 1984; 1st prize Composers Guild, 1982. Poems have religious overtones, non-specific. Suitable church solos and concerts. Worldwide.

From Petrarch

Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: Hn,Mezzo,Pno~or~Ten,Hn,Pno~or~Sop,Cl,Pno
Commissioned by Green House Poetry Mag. Premiered Boston 1978; J. Struss, mez, D. Hoose, hn. Ten and/or sop version avail from composer (Trans. by L. Schwartz). Features horn solos tragic, lyrical. Numerous performances worldwide. Ten, hn, pn version recorded CD & cassette, Cambria Records. "Hauntingly expressive..." - The Horn Call. COR PUBLISHING

From The Green Mountains

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Cl,Pno,Vln
1st prize CAAA; 1st prize NLAPW; 2 movements. Winter Identity; Yankee Springtime. performed throughout USA, Canada, Europe, South America, radio, tv. "deserves to become an American light classic." Boston review. Tape avail.

Galina's Song

Duration: Galina's
Instrumentation: Song (1992) 2'30", Pn, Sop, mez
Text by composer. Premiered by Florence Hechtel at Chelsea Center, L.I., 1992. Cabaret or theater style with Russian flavor. Not difficult. Suitable for students as well as concert. Tape avail.

Go In Peace

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Ttbb & Ten solo, Pn or org
Grand Prize 1982 Composers Guild. Poem by Dorsha Hayes. Sombre, dramatic. performed Lincoln Center, Salt Lake City, Bogota, Columbia. College level chorus, concerts. Deals with death.

Grandmother's Attic

Duration: Grandmother's
Instrumentation: Fl,Ob,Vln,Vc
Commissioned by L'Amore Di Musica Ensemble; 5 movements. Numerous performances USA, South America. Suggests American folk idioms. Medium difficult. Suitable for students as well as concerts. Tape avail. COR PUBLISHING

I Would Sing Now

Duration: 3'30"
Instrumentation: Pn, Mez, bar
Text C. H. Jacobs. Commissioned by National Society of Arts & Letters. Premiered National Arts Club, NYC, F. Hechtel, mez. Slow and introspective. Tape avail.

L'envoi (Winter Identity)

Duration: L'envoi
Instrumentation: SS,Pno
Duet for solo voices. Premiered Douglaston, NY, 1973. 1st prize NLAPW. Poem by P. Benton. Numerous performances, NYC, South America.

Legend

Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Fl,Pno
Commissioned by Donnell Walden. performed Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, radio. Modal, melodic. For advanced performers. Medium difficult. COR PUBLISHING

Librarius (Cantata)

Duration: 11'
Instrumentation: Smtb, Chorus (satb), Pn
A cantata in praise of books. Text excerpts from Disraeli, Byron, Stoddard, J. Fitzgerald. Commissioned/Premiered Manhasset Public Library, 40th Anniversary. Other NY perf. 2nd Prize 1985 Composers & Songwriters Int.

The Lost Garden

Duration: 8'
Instrumentation: Ten~or~Mezzo,Vc,Pno
Premiered Port Washington, 1989, A. Miskell, ten. Text by C. Lengyel; philosophical, dramatic, lyric cello is featured equally with voice. 12 concert performances, NY 1989-90. Rec CD & Cassette, Cambria Records. "...Most emotionally powerful song I have heard in some time...- Women's News, Westchester. COR PUBLISHING

Madrigal

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Sop, Alto, Ten, Bs
a cappella. 1st Prize Composers Guild. Premiered Salt Lake City. Text 16th century anon. - contrapuntal texture. performed Hofstra Un., NY.

Mary's Boy

Duration: Mary's
Instrumentation: Boy (1981) 3'30", Sop, Alto, Ten, bs, Pn or org
Commissioned by Anya Laurence. Premiered Toronto, Royal Academy Choir. Suitable for church as well as concert. Poem by James Harrison - lyrical version of the Passion. PLYMOUTH MUSIC

Nocturne For Clarinet And Piano

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Cl,Pno
1st prize NLAPW. Numerous performances USA, Canada, Europe, South America, radio. Very lyrical but requires virtuosity. "...Beautiful melodic lines..." - Paris review. "...Richly colored harmonies..." - Buffalo News. Tape avail. COR PUBLISHING

The Old Wild Woman

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, mez
Commissioned by National Society of Arts & Letters. Premiered National Arts Club, NYC, 1983, F. Hechtel, sop. Poem by D. Hayes; dramatic and humorous. Numerous performances USA, Lincoln Center. Recorded CD & cassette, Cambria Records.

Prelude And Caprice

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn
1st prize Composers, Authors & Artists of America. Caprice is fairly difficult; suitable for advanced students and concerts."

Query To The Creator

Duration: 2'30"
Instrumentation: Pn, Mez, Ten, Ten (or Mez.
Premiered Nassau County Fine Arts Festival, 1987, A. Miskell, ten. Poem by D. Hayes; dramatic and humorous. Numerous performances USA. Rec CD & cassette, Records.

Recollections Of City Island

Duration: 11'
Instrumentation: Ob,Pno,Vla
1st prize CAAA 1986. Commissioned by L'Amore Di Musica Ensemble. Premiered Garden City, NY, 1985; 3 mvmnts. performed Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, radio. Contrasting scenic moods: Night Moorings; Church on the Corner; Nice Day on the Bay. Tape avail.

Remembrance

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Pn
Larghetto expressive, romantic; medium difficult; suitable for students and concerts."

Reverie

Duration: 2'30"
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Ten
Text D. Hayes. Premiered Nassau County Fine Arts Festival, 1983, M. Bismarck, sop. Romantic, very lyrical. performed NYC, Santa Fe, Budapest.

Rhapsody

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Cl,Pno,Vln
1st prize NLAPW; romantic. performed Lincoln Center, elsewhere by the L.I. Trio. Tape avail.

The Salt Cathedral

Duration: 4'30"
Instrumentation: Ten~or~Sop,Vln,Pno
Commissioned by A. Miskell. Premiered Bogota, Colombia 1980. Mystical Text and mood. Other performances, NYC, Kansas Un., elsewhere USA.

The Seaman's Wife

Duration: Seaman's
Instrumentation: WIFE (1978) 4'30", SOP SOLO, TTBB
a cappella single male voices (or men's chorus - see Choral list)

Selected Songs Of Jeanne Singer

Duration: 2'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Mez, Ten, Bar, Bs
11 songs various registers. Texts by contemporary Amer poets including Grebanier, Dale, Blankner, Benton, Jimenez (in Spanish), Lengyel, Schwartz, Mason, Singer. "Best Art Song" Award, NY Poetry Forum. Titles include: SANGUINARIA, DOWNING THE BELL TOWER, ARNO IS DEEP*, MEMORIA*, GIFT, DIRGE, WILD BIRDS*, INTELIGENCIA, HANNAH*, MEMENTO. * = recorded DC & cassette, Cambria Records.
Publisher:
Dragon's Teeth Press
El Dorado National Forest
Georgetown, CA  95634


Songs From Later Years (Cycle)

Duration: 9'30"
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Ten
4 songs for high voice. 4 poems by Cornel Lengyel: "Harvest," "The Bargain," "Elegy," "Of Time Lost." Premiered Austin Miskell, Budapest, 1985. 1st Prize Composers & Song Writers International, 1985. Philosophical, varying moods. Rec CD & cassette, Cambria Records.

Sonnet

Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Sop~or~Mezzo,Cl,Vln
Premiered Lincoln Center, I. Olson, sop. Sonnet by Patricia Benton. Philosophical, lyrical.

Suite For Horn And Harp

Duration: 12'
Instrumentation: Hn,Hp
Commissioned by Arthur Goldstein, 1st prize CAAA, 1980; 4 movements. COR PUBLISHING

Suite In Harpsichord Style

Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: Pn
1st prize Composers, Authors & Artists of America; 1st prize NLAPW. 4 movements. Medium difficult; suitable for students and concerts. Numerous performances worldwide; also radio, tv. "...Sparkling...refreshing..." - Newsday."

Sweet Stacy Suite

Duration: 5'50"
Instrumentation: Cl,Pno,Vln
3 mvmnts: Sephardic Dance; Echoes From Spain; American Tune. Dance-like movements suggest folk music of 3 countries, honoring multi-national ancestry of granddaughter Stacy. Numerous perfs USA. Tuneful, tonal. Instant audience appeal. Medium difficult. Tape avail.

Time Tells (3 Songs)

Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Ten, Sop (or Ten.
Three humorous songs on aging. Poems by Dorsha Hayes and Rhoda Bandler. Premiered 1991 L.I. Composers' Alliance, Chapin Theatre, Huntington, NY.

To Be Brave Is All (Dedicated To Raoul Wallenberg)

Duration: 6'
Instrumentation: High~Voice,Vln,Pno
Text by Madeline Mason. Premiered Chelsea Center for the Arts, L.I., NY, for Wallenberg commemorative concert, 1992. Intense, dramatic with contrasting lyrical sections. Requires strong solo voice and expert violinist. "...intensely moving..." - L.I. review. Tape avail.

To Stir A Dream

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Cl,Pno,Sop
Premiered Lincoln Center, 1974, I. Olsen, sop. Poem by P. Benton; dramatic with romantic sweep. 1st prize 1989 Composers Guild International Competition. Rec CD disc & cassette, Cambria Records. Numerous performances in USA.

Toccatina

Duration: 3'
Instrumentation: Pn, Sop, Ten, Sop (or Ten.
Sounds very virtuosic, motoric; medium difficult; suitable for advanced students and concerts."

Two In The Zoo

Duration: 4'
Instrumentation: Sop,Ten,Cl,Pno
Poem by Madeline Mason. Premiered by the Musinger Players 1991 at Pen & Brush, NYC. Starts humorously but ends philosophically. For professionals.

Wry Rimes (Cycle)

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Sop~or~Mezzo,Cl~or~Ten,Bn
5 short poems by C. Lengyel; humorous. Premiered Nassau County Fine Arts Cent, 1987, F. Hechtel, sop, J. DePalo, cl. Delius Award 1988. Perf. Delius Festival, Jacksonville, FL; numerous other performances. Requires virtuosity. Tapes avail for 2 versions. Ten, bn version recorded CD & cassette, Cambria Records.

Wry Rimes Cycle

Duration: 5'
Instrumentation: Sop~or~Mezzo,Cl~or~Ten,Bn
5 short poems by C. Lengyel; humorous. Premiered Nassau County Fine Arts Cent, 1987, F. Hechtel, sop, J. DePalo, cl, Delius Award, 1988. performed Delius Festival, Jacksonville, FL; numerous other performances. Requires virtuosity. Tapes avail for 2 versions. Ten, bn version recorded CD & cassette, Cambria records.

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