JULIANA HALL | AMERICAN ART SONG COMPOSER

NEWS  regarding  RECENT PUBLICATIONS

TWO OLD CROWS

SONG FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO ON THE POEM BY VACHEL LINDSAY

Two Old Crows is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Here are soprano Laura Strickling and pianist Daniel Schlosberg presenting the premiere of this comic song, which was commissioned by Laura for her 40@40 Project.

PIANO LESSONS

6 SONGS FOR TENOR AND PIANO ON POEMS BY BILLY COLLINS

Piano Lessons is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Here are tenor Andrew Fuchs and pianist Laura Ward presenting the premiere of song settings of these lovely and evocative poems by the marvellous American poet, Billy Collins, as part of the Funny Bone concert of the 2021-2022 season of Philadelphia-based Lyric Fest.

BREDON HILL

SONG FOR TENOR AND PIANO ON THE POEM BY A. E. HOUSMAN

Bredon Hill is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Bredon Hill was commissioned by Daniel Shirley as part of his New Voices From Shropshire project, for which Daniel commissioned American composers of diverse aesthetic and cultural backgrounds to set A.E. Housman poetry. Other commissioned composers include Michael Slayton, Mark Richardson, Melinda Wagner, Fahad Siadat, Kamala Sankaram, Matt Boehler, Mark Alan Taggart, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Edward Jacobs, Andre Myers, Tom Cipullo, Scott Gendel, and Melissa Shiflet.

Here are tenor Daniel Shirley and pianist Eric Stellrecht, who premiered this cycle.

THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD

SETTING FOR SOPRANO OR MEZZO SOPRANO, WITH ALTO SAXOPHONE OF THE POEM IN THIRTEEN PARTS BY WALLACE STEVENS

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

I was so honored to be commissioned by the stunning saxophonist Carrie Koffman, and so excited to work with her once again. (My work for alto sax and piano, Orpheus Singing, was also composed for Carrie as a gift!).

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird was premiered out of doors as part of a group visit of Hartford’s Wallace Stevens Walk in October, 2021, and was given an indoor premiere later that month in an all-Juliana Hall concert held at the Hartt School of Music. Soprano and Hartt faculty member Cherie Caluda joined saxophonist and Hartt faculty member Carrie Koffman in both of these beautiful performances.

no recording is available at this time

AHAB

MONODRAMA FOR BARITONE OR BASS BARITONE AND PIANO ON A LIBRETTO BY CAITLIN VINCENT

AHAB is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Here are bass baritone Zachary James and pianist Charity Wicks, with the first recording of this monodrama written for Zach and issued as part of his award-winning album CALL OUT.

CAMEOS – MEZZO-SOPRANO VERSION

6 SONGS FOR MEZZO-SOPRANO AND PIANO ON POEMS BY MOLLY FILLMORE

Cameos – Mezzo-Soprano Version is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Here are Molly Fillmore and pianist Elvia Puccinelli, with the first recording of this song cycle written for Molly setting her lovely poems.

CAMEOS – SOPRANO VERSION

6 SONGS FOR SOPRANO AND PIANO ON POEMS BY MOLLY FILLMORE

Cameos – Soprano Version is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Here are Molly Fillmore and pianist Elvia Puccinelli, with the first recording of this song cycle written for Molly setting her lovely poems.

NOTE: this recording is the mezzo version of the piece. The soprano version does have some substantive differences, but this recording does capture the essence of the soprano songs as well as the mezzo versions of them.

NOCTURNE OF REMEMBERED SPRING

SETTING FOR BARITONE AND PIANO OF THE POEM IN SIX PARTS BY CONRAD AIKEN

Nocturne of Remembered Spring is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Here are baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Laura Ward, with the first recording of this large, extended work.

SONGS OF ENCHANTMENT

10 SONGS FOR SOPRANO OR MEZZO SOPRANO AND PIANO ON POEMS BY WALTER DE LA MARE

Songs of Enchantment is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Songs based on wonderful children’s poetry by the great English poet, Walter de la Mare. These may be sung together as a full set of 10, or pick whichever ones appeal to you.

Here are soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw and pianist Sharon Johnson, who premiered this cycle.

GODIVA

MONODRAMA FOR SOPRANO OR MEZZO SOPRANO AND PIANO ON A LIBRETTO BY CAITLIN VINCENT

Godiva is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Written as a gift for admired English mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately, Godiva is based on the legendary Lady Godiva, and sets a libretto by Caitlin Vincent in which Godiva speaks her own truth, correcting a thousand years of history written by men.

Kitty Whately premiered Godiva on September 27, 2019 at the Beverley Chamber Music Festival in Yorkshire, UK, with pianist Libby Burgess. Whately later performed Godiva at England’s Theatrebarn, at the 2019 Oxford Lieder Festival, and again at the end of 2020 in a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, all three with pianist Simon Lepper. American mezzo-soprano Loralee Songer and pianist Perry Mears performed the U.S. premiere on October 14, 2019 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Here are Kitty Whately and pianist Joseph Middleton in Godiva.

TORNADO

Song for Soprano and Piano on a poem by Kathleen Kelly

Tornado is now published by the E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Renowned pianist, opera coach, conductor, teacher, and writer Kathleen Kelly commissioned composer Juliana Hall to set her poem “Tornado” as an art song, which was premiered by soprano Caitlin Lynch with Kelly at the piano, on a program of the Detroit Song Collective at The Scarab Club in Detroit, Michigan on October 26, 2019. Kelly, in a blog post, shared how Hall had found the “humor, sexiness, and allure” inside of the poem, despite its many “images of terror and fear.” Both performers described the song as an “exhilarating ride” that is “fabulous!”

Unfortunately, there is no recording of Tornado to share, but please do take a look to see if Tornado might be a song for you!