"Thirteen Haiku for Singers and Piano," Op. 27, Texts by Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), Composed by George N. Gianopoulos

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"Thirteen Haiku for Singers and Piano," Op. 27, Texts by Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), Composed by George N. Gianopoulos


Roland-Silverstein, Kathleen, Journal of Singing


Gianopoulos, George N. Thirteen Haiku for Singers and Piano, Op. 27, texts by Jack Kerouac (1922-1969). "Leaf Dropping Straight"/"Swinging on Delicate Hinges7"Tonight That Star'VGray Orb of the Moon"/"Racing Westward"/"Quietly Pouring Coffee'VThe Bird Came on the Branch'V'The Raindrops have Plenty of Personality"/"White Clouds of this Steamy Planet"/" Reflected Upside Down'V'Coming from the West"/"Drunk as a Hoot Owl"/"Walking with Me." Self-published.

Gianopoulos describes these as "songs of introspection and self-reflection, wit and sardonic humor, loneliness, nostalgia, and absurdity set to jazzfused ballads, tongue-in-cheek operatic arias, tin pan alley tunes, chromatic mysticism and subtle sentiment. Through these dramatic shifts of tone and atmosphere, I hope to capture the adventurous and explorative spirit of the beat generation in mid-century America." These charming and idiosyncratic song settings of the poetry of American beat poet Jack Kerouac, for four solo voices and piano, were commissioned by and performed at Wolf Trap Opera in July 2013, for singers of the Filene Young Artist program and pianist Jeremy Frank. …

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