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Four Songs on Ancient Chinese Texts
for  Soprano & Piano

Songs on 7th Century Chinese Texts
for Baritone & Piano  

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Selections from
The Rose Saga
a 40 minute song drama about adventures in a New York City garden

Melissa Shiflett:  Soprano                         Elizabeth Rodgers:  Piano

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“What a joy! Melissa has a wonderful gift for sensitive lyricism: simple, direct, honest, charming – childlike without being childish; sincerity without naivety – and a really skillful gift for voice setting and accompaniment. Congratulations to you both. I found myself smiling constantly. So witty…and what a lovely collaboration!

(William Tracy, head coach of the Opera Studio at Manhattan School of Music NYC)



Four Songs on Ancient Chinese Texts for Soprano & Piano
(Poems by Ezra Pound, based on Chinese Poet Li Po)
(Recorded Live at the Anthroposophy Auditorium in NYC,  June 2017)

Maggie Finnegan: Soprano              Elizabeth Rodgers: Piano


In April 1915, Pound published Cathay through Elkin Matthews. Ostensibly translations, largely of works by the Chinese poet Li Po (李白), whom Pound calls by the Japanese version of his name, Rihaku, the poems in Cathay are actually Pound’s interpretations of Fenollosa’s glosses, and do not come directly from the Chinese. Nevertheless, Pound’s poetic sensibility means that they’re widely acclaimed not only as brilliant translations of the Chinese material, but moreover in their effort ‘to rethink the nature of the English poem’. (Hugh Kenner, The Pound Era, p. 199).

     Li Po (701-761) 



 Songs on 7th Century Chinese Texts
(On Poems by Tu Fu, Chinese Poet, 7th Century)
(Translation: Anonymous)
(Recorded Live at the Anthroposophy Auditorium in NYC,  June 2017)

Bryan Elsesser: Baritone              Elizabeth Rodgers: Piano   


Tu Fu (artist impression) (712 - 770) 

Tu Fu (Du Fu) was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. Along with Li Bai (Li Po), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets. His greatest ambition was to serve his country as a successful civil servant, but he proved unable to make the necessary accommodations. His life, like the whole country, was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755, and his last 15 years were a time of almost constant unrest.   (from


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 I .  (From) Songs on Poems by
                     Edna St.  Vincent Millay 
  (Melissa Shiflett -- soprano & piano)

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 II. (From) Five Lullaby Duets for Soprano, Baritone, Clarinet, Cello and Piano
             (Johanna Arnold -- soprano; Peter Clark -- baritone)



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