STORIES ON STONE (Epitaphs of American Men & Women)

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STORIES ON STONE (Epitaphs of American Men & Women)


Carman, Judith, Journal of Singing


Another set of musical miniatures, Stories in Stone is a small catalog of epitaphs taken from actual gravestones in various cemeteries on the Eastern Seaboard. They range from utterly frank-"He meant well, tried little, failed much"-through unintentionally humorous-"Lord, she is thin" (later amended to "thine")-to Benjamin Franklin's elaborate and touching literary references.

Again, Sisco has found just the right music for each text, even weaving a patriotic tune (with rhythmic displacements) into the piano texture of "Benjamin Franklin." The music for "Olivia Susan Clemens" is quite beautiful, as befits the text that requests nature to "shine kindly," "blow softly," "lie light" upon the body beneath the sod.

This would be an interesting and useful set for a baritone with a warm sound looking for something short and attractive.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Classical Vocal Reprints. 2701 South Van Hoose Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72701. 1-800-298-7474. www.classicalvocalrep.com

Edition Peters (C.F. Peters Corporation). 373 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016.

Roger Dean Publishing Company. P.O. Box 802, Dayton, OH 15101.

E. C. Schirmer Music Company, Inc. (ECS Publishing). 138 Ipswich St., Boston, MA 02215-3534.

www.siscosong.com

Subito Music Publishing.

[Author Affiliation]

Judith E. Carman holds the BM and MM degrees in vocal performance with minors in piano and languages from George Peabody College (Nashville, TN), the DMA degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, and has done postdoctoral studies in advanced musical analysis and conducting at the University of Houston. …

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