Siskind

Some Epigrams
Some More Epigrams
Even More Epigrams
A Few More Epigrams

middle/high voice, piano  (1986/1989/1997/2000)

11’/10’/10’/6′, twenty-two songs

published by Sweet Child Music

“Poem” is published by G. Schirmer Inc., in The Art Song Collection

  • Diana Barnhart American Song Competition, cum laude, 2001
  • G. Schirmer Young American’s Art Song Competition, co-winner, 1995
  • National Federation of Music Clubs Devora Nadworney Award, second place, 1987

“Another high point [of the concert] came in soprano Lynn Torgove’s unmannered singing of two economically conceived songs by Paul Siskind.”

Michael Manning, The Boston Globe, 2/27/95

These songs are drawn from an on-going collection of settings of short, epigrammatic poetry.  There is no single unifying theme to the poetry selected; rather, I was attracted to the terse, often quirky nature of the poetry that lent itself to a wide variety of stylistic settings.  The songs thus range in mood from reflective to jaunty to boisterous, although the settings tend on the whole to be more dramatic and gestural rather than lyrical.  Individual singers may choose to project this sense of variety, or they may conversely choose to present a more singular perspective, such as songs relating to a specific topic or settings of a specific poet.

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