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Vocal Music


E = Easy · ME = Moderately Easy
M = Medium · MA = Moderately Advanced · A = Advanced

Titlesort descending Poet/Lyricist Instrumentation Level Listen

* CD: Nature Creature

Songs on being alive in this world, with all its beauty and complexity
7 Luminous Poets

Voice, cello & piano

Various

A Garret of Old Playthings

Five Carl Sandburg songs, full of wistfulness, gumption and glee
Carl Sandburg

High voice, piano

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/garret_of_old_playthings_iv_spring_grass.mp3

A Love Like That (individual song)

A tender ballad of unconditional love
Hafiz / Daniel Ladinsky

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

M

A Love Like That: Songs of Unconditional Love

Five awestruck songs of unconditional love
Silsbee ~ Emerson ~ Hafiz ~ Alexander ~ White

Low voice
Medium voice
High voice

M-MA

An Ark of Stars

A dynamic outpouring of loss...and hope
Rose Ausländer

Soprano, orchestra

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/so_many_corners-movement_2-ark_of_stars.mp3

Be Grateful, My Soul

A passionate testament to life's worth, even in times of darkness
Norbert Čapek

SSSAA choir or quintet

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/Be%20Grateful%20My%20Soul%20-%20Vassar%20College%20Women%27s%20Choir%20-%20Christine%20R%20Howlett%20conductor%20-%20excerpt_0.mp3

Die Gedanken Sind Frei

A centuries-old protest song, recast with wit and defiance!
16th c. German protest song / Elizabeth Alexander

SATB, piano
Duet: Alto, baritone, piano

ME

Go Out! (Concert-Length Work)

A poetic and fiesty tribute to Liberal Religion and Freedom of Thought
Centuries of Strong-Minded People

A variety of vocal
& choral forces

Various

Grace

A reflection on the mystery and bounty of grace
Elizabeth Alexander

Low voice, piano

Medium/high voice, piano

ME

I Should Be Content

An excerpt from the extended song cycle, Nature Creature
David Ignatow

low voice, piano, optional cello

I Write This Poem Out Of Darkness

An isolated poet offers words of struggle and connection to her imagined readers
George Ella Lyon

SSA, flute, violin & piano
(Chorus or vocal trio)

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/i_write_this_poem_out_of_darkness.mp3

I'll Tell You A Story, then…

A pensive journey of discovery, about what it means to be fully human
Nancy White

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/ill_tell_you_a_story_then_low_voice.mp3

Jó!

A historic decree of tolerance is celebrated with Eastern European vigor
Edict of Torda / King John Sigismund III

SSA (woman's choir or trio)

M

My Aunt Gives Me a Clarinet Lesson

A spirited musical fantasy for all ages
Gregory Djanikian

Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion

A http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/my_aunt_gives_me_a_clarinet_lesson.mp3

Nature Creature

Songs on being alive in this world, with all its beauty and complexity
Lyon ~ Ignatow ~ Moore ~ Ammons ~ Erdrich ~ White ~ Hafiz

Low voice, piano, optional cello

MA

No One Gets A Program

A sassy take on a wise old saying
Dutch proverb / Elizabeth Alexander

Duet: 2 medium voices, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/recording-no_one_gets_a_program..mp3

No Other People's Children

A participatory experience affirming the belovedness of all people
Elizabeth Alexander

1-4 part choir, soloists, congregation, piano

E

Oath Taking

A passionate and soulful plea for integrity in all things
Opal Palmer Adisa

High voice, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/oath_taking.mp3

On the Edge of the Water

An allegory of life's beauty, transience and continuity
Elizabeth Alexander

Low voice, piano

M

Sleep Song

Musings on the nature of a sleeping child
Ann Silsbee

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

ME http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/sleep_song_high_voice_1.mp3

So Many Corners

Seven songs of longing, loss and love
Rose Ausländer

Soprano, orchestra
Soprano, piano

A http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/so_many_corners-movement_7-so_many_corners.mp3

The Eternal One

A tender portrait of the divine
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Low voice, piano
Medium voice, piano
High voice, piano

M http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/eternal_one_medium_voice.mp3

The Gospel Isn't Written In the Bible Alone

An expansive embrace of the sacredness of all creation
Elizabeth Alexander

Low voice, piano
Medium/high voice, piano

M

The Meadow Doesn't Know About the Stock Market

An excerpt from the extended song cycle, Nature Creature
George Ella Lyon

low voice, piano (optional cello)

Three Rose Ausländer Songs

Three songs of longing, loss and love
Rose Ausländer

Soprano, chamber orchestra

A http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/so_many_corners-movement_3-love.mp3

Trouble in a Minnesota Town

A town's wild descent into madness — and mangos!
Neal Bowers

Medium/high voice, piano

MA http://elizabethalexander.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/trouble_in_a_minnesota_town.mp3

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