The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs(1992)
The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs sets six poems of Sara Teasdale.
"'The Metropolitan Tower,' the first art song that I ever composed, was written at the request of Lauren Wagner for inclusion on her debut CD. I listened to many art songs for guidance, and read much poetry. The simple lyricism of Sara Teasdale had an immediate appeal, and I was also attracted to 'Secret Words' and other songs by Paul Bowles. As in 'Secret Words,' melody is the primary force in 'The Metropolitan Tower,' and the piano accompaniment doubles the vocal line."
The composer's note and the second audio clip for "The Metropolitan Tower" (provided in the media player to the right) are made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Katie Martin, soprano, and Barbara Bochenek, piano, and this performance took place at Pepperdine University at SongFest 2010. To listen, please click on the track itself.
This song cycles sets poems from Teasdale's volume Helen of Troy and Other Poems (1911), as well as poems published in various periodicals.