SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH, a 10 minute song cycle for soprano and piano by composer Marjorie M. Rusche, will be performed on soprano Kelci Kosin’s December 2, 2019 Fall Recital in Munice, IN.; along with compositions by Daron Hagen and Jody Nagel.
I. Wild Nights (Emily Dickinson), II. An Irish Airman Foresees His Death (William Butler Yeats),
III. This is Just to Say (William Carlos Williams), IV. After Reading St. John the Divine (Gene Derwood), V. Love Comes Quietly (Robert Creeley).
Excerpts from this song cycle premiered by Miran Robarts, soprano and Michael Fennelly, piano on Underworld Productions Opera CrossCURRENT program of contemporary and traditional vocal music, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, New York, New York, 3/7/14. Adapted from the earlier Songs of Love and Death song cycle for soprano, Bb clarinet, violin, and cello. 20 min. Commissioned by the Gotham Ensemble, New York, NY. Presented on the Sundays in the Park With Music concert series, American Composers Forum-Chicago.