Commissions and Premieres

Beautiful Ohio* by Harold Meltzer (2010 World Premiere) A cycle of five songs for tenor and piano with poems by James Wright, written for the young American tenor Paul Appleby.

Bastianello/Lucrezia** by John Musto and William Bolcom, libretti by Mark Campbell (2008 Commission) Two short comic operas for five singers and two pianos, Bastianello, by John Musto and Lucrezia, by William Bolcom, with libretti for both works by Mark Campbell.

by Paul Moravec (2005-2006 Commission)
Song Cycle for Soprano and Solo Piano

by Robert Beaser (2002-2003 Commission)
Song Cycle for Tenor and Baritone

Songbook for a New Century
*** (2000-2001 Commissions) Collection of 20 songs by American composers and American writers. Composers: Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, Eve Beglarian, William Bolcom, Susan Botti, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, Anthony Davis, Amy Denio, Paquito D'Rivera, Rick Ian Gordon, Lowell Liebermann, Peter Lieberson, David Ludwig, John Musto, Tobias Picker, Ned Rorem, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Zhou Long, John Zorn.

Evidence of Things Not Seen
by Ned Rorem (1997-1998 Commission)
Song Cycle for Four Singers

Appalachian Liebeslieder
, Op.54, by Lowell Liebermann (Laren Stover) (1996-1997 Commission) Song Cycle for Two Singers

American Love Songs (1995-1996 Commissions) Ten composers created ten individual songs for one to four singers and for two or four hands. Composers included John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour, Jane Kamarov, John Musto, Ned Rorem, James Seller, Bright Sheng, Jeffrey Stock, Dalit Hadass Warshaw, Davide Zannoni.

Arias and Barcarolles
by Leonard Bernstein (Premiere)
Song Cycle for Two Singers

The Total Stranger in the Garden by William Bolcom (Arnold Weinstein) (Premiere)

Dove sta amore by John Musto (Premiere)
Song Cycle for Soprano

Quiet Songs
by John Musto (Premiere)

The Old Gray Couple
by John Musto (Premiere)

Rags for the Richest by John Musto (Denise Lanctot) (Commission)

The Voice of Temperance by Jeffrey Stock (anonymous) (Premiere)
Song Cycle for Four Singers


*Beautiful Ohio was commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation Charles Kingsford Fund
**(Supported by a grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)
***In collaboration with Meet The Composer with additional support from The ASCAP Foundation Charles Kingsford Fund.