Girl on Fire (2017)

A song cycle in progress with eight selections so far, created in collaboration with poet/soprano Emma Stace Darling.

voice and piano / 24 min.

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Program Note

I began composing music to the poetry of Emma Stace Darling soon after I met her online and began reading her work, back in 2012.  When Emma – also a professional soprano as well as a successful painter and chocolatier – came to New York from her home in Italy to begin working with me toward performances, I resumed writing songs for her.  Together we performed the songs in four informal venues in New York in the spring of 2016, and then in a formal benefit concert in Hastings, England, in April 2017.  We plan to create more titles and a theatrical presentation, potentially expanding the accompaniment beyond piano.

The songs so far:

Fayre (2015)
Love on the Sea (2012)
My (2012)
I Can See You (2017)
If I Lose You Now (2015)
Morphine (2015)
In Neptune’s Arms (2012, rev 2016)
Girl on Fire (2016)



Upcoming Performances

  1. Reflexions at The College of New Jersey

    February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  2. Premiere of Songs for Allegra

    April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


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