Music of Elie Siegmeister
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR814     Release Date: 1999-01-01
Esther Hinds, soprano; Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, soprano; Charles Williams, baritone; Washington Music Ensemble: (Mary Findley, violin; Harriett Kaplan, cello; Jan Pompilo, flute; Charles Stier, clarinet; Alan Mandel, piano; Robert Lynn, percussion; Joel Lazar, Conductor); Primavera String Quartet: (Kathryn Caswell, violin; Martha Caplin, violin; Diann Jezurski, viola; Melissa Meell, cello)

Elie Siegmeister followed an independent path in composition, working in a modern romantic idiom that is always highly lyrical and communicative, often spiced with strong dissonances, intricate rhythms, and dramatic, folk and jazz elements. He created many works deeply American in spirit and as many bearing an introspective quality. Siegmeister’s thirty orchestral compositions have been performed by major orchestras throughout the world under such conductors as Toscanini, Stokowski, Mitropoulos, Maazel, and Comissiona. His eight operas have been produced in France, Belgium, and Canada as well as in this country. In addition he wrote chamber music, choral works, more than one hundred solo songs, piano music and important scores for Broadway, Hollywood, and the Ballet.

Siegmeister was born in New York and entered Columbia College at age 15 where he studied with Bingham. He also took private counterpoint with Riegger and studied for four years in Paris with Boulanger. His own teaching career included posts at Brooklyn College, the New School, the University of Minnesota, and Hofstra University. He served on the Boards of ACA, ASCAP and the American Music Center.


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Ways of Love: I. Come Lie with me and Be My Love
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Ways of Love: II. See It Was Like This When
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Ways of Love: III. Love Letters, Unmailed
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Ways of Love: IV. Someone Who Used to Have Someone
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Ways of Love: I. Fired
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Ways of Love: II. May I feel
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Langston Hughes Songs: I. Ballad of Adam & Eve
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Langston Hughes Songs: II. Motto
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Langston Hughes Songs: III. Hope
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Langston Hughes Songs: IV. Question
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Langston Hughes Songs: V. Life is Fine
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String Quartet No. 3 (on Hebrew Themes): I. Andante con moto
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String Quartet No. 3 (on Hebrew Themes): II. Vivo - Allegro moderato
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String Quartet No. 3 (on Hebrew Themes): III. Tema con variazion
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Madame to You: I. Madame and The Census Man
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Madame to You: II. Madame and The Minister
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Madame to You: III. Madame and Daughter
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Madame to You: IV. Madame and The Rent Man
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Madame to You: V. Madame and The Fortune Teller
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Madame to You: VI. Madame and The Number Runner
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Madame to You: VII. Madame and The Wrong Visitor
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Face of War: I. Official Notice
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Face of War: II. Listen Here, Joe
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Face of War: III. Peace
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Face of War: IV. The Dove
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Face of War: V. War
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