A Song Cycle

of Love and Death

 

A Song Cycle of Love and Death is a collection of original compositions of music to the lyrics of some of our most beloved poets and poems. Designed to be performed together, unity is achieved by narrative and common theme, underlined by musical means. This work has it's roots in Schubert's and Schumann's art songs, or German Lieder.

The poems in this cycle all share an undefinable lyric quality -  a romantic air, a mystical tone, an atmospheric feeling. Here are the twelve works in the cycle recorded to date:

Eldorado
Edgar Allan Poe

The Waking
Theodore Roethke

The Poison Tree
William Blake

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
William Wordsworth

Song
Christina Georgina Rossetti

Romance
Robert Louis Stevenson

Song of the Wave
Kahlil Gibran

The Dole of the King's Daughter
Oscar Wilde

The Flight
Sara Teasdale

Hie Away, Hie Away
Sir Walter Scott

Dream-Song
Walter de la Mare

Invictus
William Ernest Henley

New orchestral settings are ready to record, including works by Frost, Tennyson, Brontë and others.