William Bolcom's monumental, four-volume collection of Cabaret Songs, setting the lyrics of Arnold Weinstein, were complete in 1996. The first two volumes were composed from 1977 to 1985, and the third and fourth volumes were composed from 1993 to 1996.
The premieres of the various volumes of Cabaret Songs took place:
Vol. 1 - Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano, William Bolcom, piano, July 18, 1978
Vol. 2 - Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano, William Bolcom, piano, New York, NY, April 1983
Vol. 3 & 4 - Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano, William Bolcom, piano, 92nd Street Y, New York, NY, December 2, 1997
The audio recordings from Cabaret Songs, provided in the audio playlist to the right, are made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers of "Over the Piano" are Loralee Songer, mezzo-soprano, and Hyanghyun Lee, piano, and he performers of "George" are Siobahn Sung, mezzo-soprano, and Hyueeun Ham, piano. Both performances took place at SongFest 2012 at The Colburn School. To listen, please click on the track name itself.