Boom Times for the Art Song: A HyperHistory of Poetry and Music

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 21st Century Song Commissions

Tenor Robert White organized and sang a program of 19 new songs on Saturday, November 17, 2001 at Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brian Zeger played the piano, as did several of the composers.

Jazz at the Intergalactic Nightclub
Libby Larsen/Thomas McGrath
Nude at the Piano
John Musto/Mark Campbell
Irreverent Heart
John Corigliano/E.Y. Harburg
A Crowd of Stars
Paul Moravec/W.B. Yeats
A Lifetime or So
Milton Babbitt/Richard Koch and Milton Babbitt
If You Hear her Snore
Dick Hyman/Gertrude Stein
What Lips My Lips Have Kissed
David Del Tredici/Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sonnet: Life’s Arc
Lukas Foss/Christopher Foss
The Lake Isle Innisfree
Ben Moore/W.B. Yeats
September 1, 1939
William Bolcom/W.H. Auden
The Gate of the Year
Stephen Hough/Letter read by King George VI in 1939
On the Beach at Night
Lowell Liebermann/Walt Whitman
George Tsontakis/George Seferis, translated by the composer
The Old Man’s Song
Gian Carlo Menotti/Gian Carlo Menotti
How Pleasant it is to Have Money
Richard Hundley/Arthur Hugh Clough with added words by the composer
He Will Not Hear
Ned Rorem/William Jay Smith
Ghost Letter
Daron Hagen/Richard McGrath
A Spanish Love Song
Tobias Picker/Pablo Neruda
The Invincible Upright
Thomas Z. Shepard/Sheldon Harnick
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