This album represents a culmination of inspiring collaborations spanning three decades. For ten years there has been my daily relationship with my wife Christina and her voice. She is the prime inspiration behind this CD, which contains a song cycle for soprano and large chamber ensemble; two works for voice, flute and piano; eight songs for soprano and piano; and three instrumental works. All of these works were written during the last thirty years.
Composing is a solitary act. It takes dedicated performers to bring compositions such as these to life. In addition to Christina's efforts, there is the meaningful connection I have had with two living poets, Duane Niatum and Rivka Kashtan, herein represented. The two flute works were written for Tony Pagano in 1967, and the cello work was written for David Wells in 1982. The compositions involving chamber ensembles were performed by members of the North/South Consonance as part of their New York concert series. This group of performers include flutist Lisa Hansen and pianist Max Lifchitz, who recorded my Piano Sonata in 1995.
Gratefully, I recorded with all of these artists especially for this release.