Continual Conversation with a Silent Man – Songs of Lee Hoiby
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR685     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Peter Stewart, baritone; Lee Hoiby, piano

One of the most intriguing questions that has confronted me as a singer has been, “What kind of music do I really want to sing?” Surely something that sounds so simple must be obvious. But in 1989 I was given the opportunity to commission some songs for my New York recital debut, and choosing a composer was not such an easy decision. I wanted the songs to be serious, in the tradition of Lieder, but to speak with a genuine, American voice. Rather than looking for experimental or abstract expressions, I realized I craved a direct, lyrical vocabulary with elements of melody; phrases that were crafted to bring out the beauty of the human voice. Who to choose?

A friend suggested Lee Hoiby. We arranged to meet, and soon, with the help of Mark Shulgasser—who selects most of the texts Lee sets—I Was There, the first group of songs represented here, was written.

In the process of his getting to know my voice, we went through much of his music. Finding so many pieces that were previously unrecorded gave me the idea for this project.
—Peter Stewart

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

Peter Stewart

Continual Conversation with a Silent Man – Songs of Lee Hoiby

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Track Listing

I Was There: I. Beginning My Studies
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I Was There: II. I Was There
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I Was There: III. A Clear Midnight
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I Was There: IV. O Captain! My Captain!
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I Was There: V. Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
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Two Songs of Innocence: The Lamb
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Two Songs of Innocence: The Shepherd
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Immortality
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O Florida: I. Floral Decorations for Bananas
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O Florida: II. Gubbinal
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O Florida: III. Continual Conversation With A Silent Man
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O Florida: IV. Before My Door
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O Florida: V. O Florida, Venereal Soil
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Why Don't You?
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Night
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What If...
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Investiture at Cecconi's
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Where The Music Comes From
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