It feels a shame to be Alive –

From A Slash of Blue! A sweep of Gray! (2010)
Music by Larry Alan Smith
Poem by Emily Dickinson

Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Eric Neuville, tenor
Michelle Schumann, piano

Conspirare
The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson

Recorded live in September 2015

 

They dropped like Flakes –

From A Slash of Blue! A sweep of Gray! (2010)
Music by Larry Alan Smith
Poem by Emily Dickinson

Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Michelle Schumann, piano

Conspirare
The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson

Recorded live in September 2015

 

When I was small a woman died

From A Slash of Blue! A sweep of Gray! (2010)
Music by Larry Alan Smith
Poem by Emily Dickinson

Eric Neuville, tenor
Michelle Schumann, piano

Conspirare
The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson

Recorded live in September 2015

 

Since Yesterday - The Computation (2001)

Commissioned by Joy in Singing, "Since Yesterday" was premiered in Merkin Concert Hall in New York City by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Shammash and pianist J.J. Penna (heard in this recording).

 

Distance separates us tonight (2008)

Soprano Caroline Worra and pianist Tracy Cowden gave this performance at the 2009 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival in Wintergreen, Virginia. Commissioned by the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, Distance separates us tonight (2008) was the required song for the Foundation's 2008 Cybersing Competition.

The text is a poem by Larry Alan Smith written on January 15, 2006 in Labastide Esparbairenque, France.

Distance separates us tonight

Distance separates us tonight,
But I overcome my sadness
As vivid memories fill the emptiness.

Separation,
A curse.
The days pass too slowly.
The nights never seem to end.

Isolation,
My instructor.
Patience,
My assignment.

I look toward the horizon,
Searching for some indication
That the sun will soon rise.

© 2006 by Larry Alan Smith