Song Cycles

Songs from the Chinese (Hsiao Yen) for Soprano and Guitar

This is a setting of six short poems by the Chinese poet Hsiao Yen who was born A.D. 464 and died A.D. 549. He was a founder of the Liang Dynasty, reigning as Emperor Wu from A.D. 502 until A.D. 549, the longest reign in the southern dynasties era. A devout Bhuddist, he became a monk twice, retiring to a monastry three time in his life. He was a man of great learning and considerable poetic ability.

Songs from Shakespeare
for High Voice and Piano

O Mistress Mine; Fear no more the heat o’ the sun; Take, O take those lips away; Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?; It was a lover and his lass;

Six Fragments from Rimbaud’s “A Season in Hell”
for Medium Voice and Piano

Songs of Ashes
for High Voice and Piano

A setting of fifteen poems by Jerzy Fitcowski concerned with the Holocaust.

Love Songs
for Medium Voice and Piano

The dawning morn; Weep you no more sad fountains; And is it night?; I ne’er was stuck before that hour; O my luve’s like a red, red rose;

Songs from Hanagid
for Tenor and Piano

A setting of eight poems by the Jewish poet Samuel Hanagid (993-1056CE).

Jewish Songs
for Voice and Piano

‘I never saw another butterfly’
for childrens’ voice and piano

A setting of poems written by children in Terezin.

‘Love, Life and Lyric
for Voice and Piano (poems by Marketa J. Zvelebil)

Be The Change You Want To See
for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Narrator, Cello and Piano

A song cycle about peace. It is a setting of a range of texts from the Bible, the Mishnah, contemporary and ancient Hebrew and Israeli poets, non-Jewish poets, HH The Dalai Lama and Mahatma Gandhi. It is scored for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Narrator, Cello and Piano. The work is dedicated to Nitza and Robin Spiro with love and recognition of their work in promoting Jewish culture through the Spiro Ark, and for their constant support of the work of the composer.

Songs from William Blake

For Mezzo Soprano, Cello and Piano

Composed for Martha Jones and Joseph Ramadan
Introduction And Earth’s Answer; On Another’s Sorrow; Infant Joy; Night;  The Tiger

Four Songs From The Book Of Solomon (The Song Of Songs)
1. Chapter 1 V.7-14
2. Chapter 5 V.4-5
3. Chapter 4 V.1-7
4. Chapter 8 V.7