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Poet as Muse: Music for Flute, Clarinet & Voice


Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 3568  
Composer:  Aaron CoplandMarilyn BieryCornelius BootsJay Batzner,   ... 
Performer:  Elissa JohnstonJoanna Cowan-WhiteTracy WatsonKennen White,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an album of works of the 20th Century for Flute, Clarinet, and Voice, also featuring piano, harpsichord, and viola. All of the musical compositions are based upon first-rate works of poetry. The compositions by composers such as Aaron Copland, Marilyn Biery, Cornelius Boots, Jay Batzner, and David Biedenbender feature text by poems such as “As It Fell Upon a Day,” by Richard Barnefield, “Provincetown, August,” by Terry Blackhawk, and even classics in the literature canon such as Canterbury Tales and works by William Shakespeare. This programme was recorded in 2015 at the Staples Family Concert Hall at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The artists are Central Michigan University Music School faculty, and the Read more project was funded by a Creative and Scholarly Support Grant from the university. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
As it fell upon a day by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Elissa Johnston (Soprano), Joanna Cowan-White (Flute), Tracy Watson (Mezzo Soprano),
Kennen White (Clarinet), Takeshi Abo (Violin), Mary Jo Cox (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923 
2.
Provincetown, August by Marilyn Biery
Performer:  Elissa Johnston (Soprano), Joanna Cowan-White (Flute), Tracy Watson (Mezzo Soprano),
Kennen White (Clarinet), Takeshi Abo (Violin), Mary Jo Cox (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
3.
Dream of Wheat by Cornelius Boots
Performer:  Elissa Johnston (Soprano), Joanna Cowan-White (Flute), Tracy Watson (Mezzo Soprano),
Kennen White (Clarinet), Takeshi Abo (Violin), Mary Jo Cox (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Word of the Day by Jay Batzner
Performer:  Elissa Johnston (Soprano), Joanna Cowan-White (Flute), Tracy Watson (Mezzo Soprano),
Kennen White (Clarinet), Takeshi Abo (Violin), Mary Jo Cox (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Protea, in Venice by Marilyn Biery
Performer:  Elissa Johnston (Soprano), Joanna Cowan-White (Flute), Tracy Watson (Mezzo Soprano),
Kennen White (Clarinet), Takeshi Abo (Violin), Mary Jo Cox (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Staying the Night by David Biedenbender
Performer:  Joanna Cowan-White (Flute), Kennen White (Clarinet)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Fragments (4) from the Canterbury Tales by Lester Trimble
Performer:  Elissa Johnston (Soprano), Joanna Cowan-White (Flute), Tracy Watson (Mezzo Soprano),
Kennen White (Clarinet), Takeshi Abo (Violin), Mary Jo Cox (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; United States 
8.
Songs (3) from William Shakespeare by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Elissa Johnston (Soprano), Joanna Cowan-White (Flute), Tracy Watson (Mezzo Soprano),
Kennen White (Clarinet), Takeshi Abo (Violin), Mary Jo Cox (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 

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