Four Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano


Michelle Monroe's voice in the 'Four Songs' is touching and powerful at the same time. The songs, which speak of deep emotions and human experiences, come to life through Monroe's masterful interpretation.

- Amplified Magazine (Germany)

Four Songs was composed for mezzo-soprano Michelle Monroe. The texts included in this set are:

  1. Actaeon (1908) – Floyd Dell
  2. The Man He Killed (1902) – Thomas Hardy
  3. Submarine (1917) – Eugene O’Neill
  4. When You Are Old (1893) – W.B. Yeats

This composition was completed in Louisville on 3 August 2019. The songs were premiered and beautifully performed by Professor Monroe and Dr. Robin Guy (piano) 10 March 2022 in Bengtson Hall at the University of Northern Iowa. These performers recorded the songs in May of 2022; that recording is included on my 2023 release, remember (Neuma 183).

In 2021, I arranged the Four Songs for mezzo and chamber orchestra.

voice (soprano, mezzo, tenor, or baritone), piano
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