Category Archives: Albumleaves

“Toss-Off”

Albumleaf 155: January 18, 2019 (Bologna) Just swishing out between bigger ‘leaves.

“The Shepheardes Calender — Januarye”

Albumleaf 154: January 3, 2019 (Bologna) Colin, a shepherd’s boy, bemoans his unrequited love for Rosalind and likens his state to the barren season around him.  Bereft of hope, he breaks his pipe in pieces.

“The Shepheardes Calender — December”

Albumleaf 153: December 17, 2018 (Bologna) Colin likens his life to the passing of the seasons and bids adieu to the world.  

“Leaf in a Mood”

Albumleaf 152: December 6, 2018 (Bologna) As in “Mood Indigo” or “Parker’s Mood.”  That vein kind of.  

“Little Vanishing World 6 (Flowers We Are)”

Albumleaf 151: November 19, 2018 (Bologna) Homage to Kurtág Recurring throughout György Kurtág’s oeuvre is an eight-note melody which has lyrics, though to my knowledge they are never actually sung: “Flowers we are, frail flowers.”  Albumleaf 151 presents a variation of this melody.  Notes 1-5, 10-11, and 14 are Kurtág’s.  The others are mine.  

“The Shepheardes Calender — November”

Albumleaf 150: November 15, 2018 (Bologna) Colin sings of Dido’s death.  

“The Shepheardes Calender — To His Booke”

Albumleaf 149: October 25, 2018 (Bologna) Goe little booke: thy selfe present, As child whose parent is unkent . . . And asked, who thee forth did bring A shepheards swaine saye did thee sing, All as his straying flocke he fedde . . . But if that any aske thy name, Say thou wert […]

“Recitative on an Amen by Verdi”

Albumleaf 148: October 18, 2018 (Bologna) For reference.  

“The Shepheardes Calender — October”

Albumleaf 147: October 15, 2018 (Bologna) Alas, Cuddie, your gift for poetry, given by God, we do not reward. Perhaps you should turn to singing songs of war?

“The Second Horse of Pianoforte Jack”

Albumleaf 146: October 3, 2018 (Bologna) A piano is pretty heavy–even for a horse! A cowboy who plays the piano is already more promising . . . But maybe it would be good if he always carried it near him, on a horse . . . “Pianoforte Jack always travels with two horses–he on the […]