Blue Psalm is a setting of a poem written by Canadian poet, Dennis Lee that is about 7-8 minutes long. The text is a modern-day slant on the biblical Psalms of David, even making reference to the unstrung harp that is now hanging silently. The viewpoint in Lee’s poem is of someone looking back on… Read more »
A set of three humorous pieces based on poetry by children’s author A. A. Milne (author of Winnie the Pooh). Originally composed for the Gala Trio from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (soprano, french horn and piano). This version is for Soprano and Piano. I. Independence II. Politeness III. Happiness
Three vocal solos for medium high voice with piano accompaniment. Featuring The Maple Tree, winner of the 2010 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations Call for Scores. Performance of The Maple Tree by Arriana Ervin, former student of the Judith Bergthorson Academy of Musical Arts, Maple Ridge. Recording by Autumn Music, Maple Ridge, Fall 2010…. Read more »
Working with contralto and poet Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber has been extremely rewarding for me and I hope that my music has fully showcased her evocative, imaginative and nostalgic poetry about growing up in Saskatchewan. M.H. Duncan Level 8, RCM, CSS: SASKATCHEWAN LESSONS Level 9, CSS: PRAIRIE LILY Level 10, CSS: OUTSIDE TO PLAY ON A WINTER’S… Read more »
Working with contralto and poet Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber has been extremely rewarding for me and I hope that my music has fully showcased her evocative, imaginative and nostalgic poetry about growing up in Saskatchewan. Thanks to Clarisse Tonigussi for her suggestions in the nigh transpositions. M.H. Duncan Level 8, RCM, CSS: SASKATCHEWAN LESSONS Level 9, CSS:… Read more »
These songs were composed over several years with all of the beautiful and thoughtful texts written by my friend and frequent collaborator Janet Windeler Ryan. She never fails to inspire me with her poetry and these four, in particular, truly moved me. M.H.Duncan WALTZ FOR A FRIDAY EVENING, CSCalg Level 8 “Always thinking that the… Read more »
FLORALS was written for Soprano Elizabeth McDonald in the fall of 2009 while I was away with my husband in Cambridge, UK. Thanks to a keyboard donation from a London astronomer and Elizabeth’s e-mail comments, encouragements and careful warnings, I was off and running. M.H. Duncan DOUBLE-RED DAISIES, poetry by Robert Graves, Level 10 – the… Read more »
A celebration of Canadian poetry in song for voice and piano featuring poetry by Charles G.D. Roberts, E. Pauline Johnson and Bliss Carman. GREY ROCKS AND GREYER SEAS: RCM, CSS Level 9, a jazz-inspired song of love lost. LADY ICICLE: Level 6, vocal storytelling full of special effects. RAINFALL: Level 9, a whipping and whirling… Read more »
These “Light-hearted laments” were inspired by the playful but thought-provoking writing of my friend and frequent collaborator, Janet Windeler Ryan. Sitting on the Porch was definitely the inspiration for the set, and Janet was generous in allowing me to pick the other two poems from her amazing collection. Janet is an avid gardener, and her… Read more »
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