Jake Heggie

Biography

Born: March 31, 1961; West Palm Beach , FL  
Jake Heggie is considered a relative rarity among modern composers -- someone who can write music that is not just challenging, but rewarding for performers and audiences as well. Though best known for his vocal writing, including art song, song cycles, and the highly acclaimed opera Dead Man Walking, he is also an accomplished orchestral composer and pianist.

He studied both piano and composition, the latter privately under the tutelage
Read more of Ernst Bacon. He later entered the University of California, Los Angeles, where his teachers included Roger Bourland, Paul Des Marais, David Raskin, and Paul Reale, and where he won the Henry Mancini Prize. Upon graduating, his career centered around the piano, and he and Johanna Harris were frequent joint recitalists. He also accompanied many noted singers, which helped him develop his skills as a vocal composer.

His earliest compositions were largely for piano, including the duos Inisfree (1985), Skellig Variations (1986), and the 1990 Divertimento. He also wrote various solo pieces, including the 1991 Homage a Poulenc.

In 1995, he won the Schirmer American Art Song Competition, the year that his song cycle, Encountertenor, which includes the song "The trouble with trebles in trousers (Pitch can be a bitch)," commissioned by Brian Asawa, had its premiere in London. Paper Wings, another well-known cycle, commissioned and with text by Frederica Von Stade, premiered in 1997. In 1998, the year of his song cycle, Songs to the Moon, commissioned for Von Stade, he was named Composer in Residence at the San Francisco Opera, and the resultant work, Dead Man Walking, premiered there in 2000. (Von Stade was invited to sing the lead but suggested that the role be given to a younger performer, and instead sang the role of the mother.) In 2001, the orchestral version of his song cycle The Moon is a Mirror, commissioned by Bryn Terfel, premiered in Vienna, followed by the piano version in London. Read less

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Jake Heggie


MOST POPULAR WORKS
Dead Man Walking: Prelude
Dead Man Walking: Prologue: Watching you, every day (Song on radio, Boy, Girl, Joseph De Rocher, Anthony De Rocher)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 1 - Hope House: He will gather us around (Sister Helen, Children, Sister Rose)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 1 - Hope House: Heavens! Look at the time (Sister Rose, First mother, Sister Lillianne, Sister Catherine, Jimmy Charlton, Mrs Charlton, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: "Be careful," people have always told me (Sister Helen, Motor cop)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: This journey (Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 3 - Outside of Angola State Penitentiary: Sister Helen? I've been waiting for you (Father Grenville, Sister Helen, Inmates)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: Some of them didn't look so bad (Sister Helen, Father Grenville)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: I don't like that man (Sister Helen, Warden)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 5 - The walk through Death Row: Woman on the tier! (Guards, Inmates, Warden, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Thank you (Sister Helen, Inmates, Warden, Joseph)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Are you frightened? (Sister Helen, Joseph)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: You ever been with a man? (Joseph, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Five more minutes, De Rocher (First guard, Joseph, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: The defendant's mother, Mrs Patrick De Rocher (Paralegal, Older brother, Joseph's mother)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: Joe, my Joe, is not a bad boy (Joseph's mother, Owen Hart)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: What you all say my Joe did is so terrible (Joseph's mother)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: It's a good sign when they take so long to decide (Sister Rose, Sister Helen, Owen Hart, Jade Boucher, Kitty Hart, Howard Boucher)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: You don't know what it's like to bear a child (Jade Boucher, Kitty Hart, Sister Helen, Howard Boucher, Owen Hart, Joseph's mother)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: I'm sorry. So sorry (Sister Helen, Owen Hart, Jade Boucher, Howard Boucher, Kitty Hart, Paralegal, Sister Rose)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: Guess your nun ain't comin' back, De Rocher (First guard, Sister Helen, Joseph)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: I believe in the here and now (Joseph, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: The Bible says "the truth will set you free." (Sister Helen, Joseph, Warden) - Scene 10 - The waiting room: Excuse me. Do you have any change? (Sister Helen, First guard)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 10 - The waiting room: He will gather us around (Children, Sister Rose, Inmates, Sister Helen, Joseph, Motor cop, Joseph's mother, Kitty and Owen Hart, Jade and Howard Boucher, Father Grenville)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 10 - The waiting room: What happened? (Sister Helen, Warden, Sisters, Children, Joseph, Kitty and Owen Hart, Jade and Howard Boucher, Joseph's mother, Inmates, Motor cop, Father Grenville)
No. 1. In the Beginning
No. 2. Once Upon a Universe
WORKS
Dead Man Walking: Prelude
Dead Man Walking: Prologue: Watching you, every day (Song on radio, Boy, Girl, Joseph De Rocher, Anthony De Rocher)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 1 - Hope House: He will gather us around (Sister Helen, Children, Sister Rose)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 1 - Hope House: Heavens! Look at the time (Sister Rose, First mother, Sister Lillianne, Sister Catherine, Jimmy Charlton, Mrs Charlton, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: "Be careful," people have always told me (Sister Helen, Motor cop)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 2 - The drive to Angola State Prison: This journey (Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 3 - Outside of Angola State Penitentiary: Sister Helen? I've been waiting for you (Father Grenville, Sister Helen, Inmates)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: Some of them didn't look so bad (Sister Helen, Father Grenville)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 4 - Father Grenville's office: I don't like that man (Sister Helen, Warden)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 5 - The walk through Death Row: Woman on the tier! (Guards, Inmates, Warden, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Thank you (Sister Helen, Inmates, Warden, Joseph)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Are you frightened? (Sister Helen, Joseph)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: You ever been with a man? (Joseph, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 6 - The Death Row visiting room: Five more minutes, De Rocher (First guard, Joseph, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: The defendant's mother, Mrs Patrick De Rocher (Paralegal, Older brother, Joseph's mother)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: Joe, my Joe, is not a bad boy (Joseph's mother, Owen Hart)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 7 - The Pardon Board hearing: What you all say my Joe did is so terrible (Joseph's mother)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: It's a good sign when they take so long to decide (Sister Rose, Sister Helen, Owen Hart, Jade Boucher, Kitty Hart, Howard Boucher)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: You don't know what it's like to bear a child (Jade Boucher, Kitty Hart, Sister Helen, Howard Boucher, Owen Hart, Joseph's mother)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 8 - The parking lot outside the courthouse: I'm sorry. So sorry (Sister Helen, Owen Hart, Jade Boucher, Howard Boucher, Kitty Hart, Paralegal, Sister Rose)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: Guess your nun ain't comin' back, De Rocher (First guard, Sister Helen, Joseph)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: I believe in the here and now (Joseph, Sister Helen)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 9 - The Death Row visiting room: The Bible says "the truth will set you free." (Sister Helen, Joseph, Warden) - Scene 10 - The waiting room: Excuse me. Do you have any change? (Sister Helen, First guard)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 10 - The waiting room: He will gather us around (Children, Sister Rose, Inmates, Sister Helen, Joseph, Motor cop, Joseph's mother, Kitty and Owen Hart, Jade and Howard Boucher, Father Grenville)
Dead Man Walking, Act I: Scene 10 - The waiting room: What happened? (Sister Helen, Warden, Sisters, Children, Joseph, Kitty and Owen Hart, Jade and Howard Boucher, Joseph's mother, Inmates, Motor cop, Father Grenville)
No. 1. In the Beginning
No. 2. Once Upon a Universe


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