Jake Heggie


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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  • 1.
    Brian Asawa: The Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985386972 Release Date: 04/28/2017   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Thomas Campion,  John Dowland  ... 
    Performer:  David Tayler,  Brian Asawa,  Lisa Milne,  Susan Bickley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Nicholas McGegan,  Jeffrey Kahane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Hanover Band,  Hanover Band Chorus  ... 
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    Frederica von Stade: The Complete Columbia Recital Albums
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518341 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Ernest Chausson,  Franz Schubert,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Charles Wadsworth,  Judith Blegen,  Joel del Maria  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Antonio de Almeida,  Raymond Leppard,  Mario Bernardi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wynton Marsalis Septet,  Perspectives Ensemble
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    Here/After - Heggie: Songs Of Lost Voices / Didonato, Gunn, Trevigne, Costello
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186515 Release Date: 10/21/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Jake Heggie,  Talise Trevigne,  Nathan Gunn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alexander String Quartet
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    The New American Art Song
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 30011 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Glen Roven,  Lowell Liebermann,  Ricky I. Gordon
    Performer:  Jake Heggie,  Daniel Okulitch,  Glen Roven,  Lowell Liebermann  ... 
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    At The Statue Of Venus: Music Of Jake Heggie & Glen Roven
    Label: Gpr Records   Catalog: 20012 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Glen Roven
    Performer:  Talise Trevigne,  Jake Heggie,  Glen Roven
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    Label: Leah Partridge   Catalog: 5637967491 Release Date: 06/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Lee Hoiby,  Libby Larsen,  Arthur Farwell  ... 
    Performer:  Jake Heggie,  Leah [Soprano Vocal] Partridge,  Steve Moretti,  Ricky Ian Gordon  ... 
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  • 7.
    Jake Heggie: Passing By
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2198 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie
    Performer:  Isabel Bayrakdarian,  Joyce DiDonato,  Jake Heggie,  Paul Groves  ... 
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  • 8.
    The Faces Of Love - The Songs Of Jake Heggie
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63484 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jake Heggie,  Daniel Emmett
    Performer:  Jennifer Larmore,  Emil Miland,  Jake Heggie,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
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