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Another Five
Five Works by American Composers
on My Fifth Concert of Modern American songs.

This program was performed on Sunday, November 18, 2001 in the Kleiner Konzertsaal im Gasteig in Munich, Germany
The performers were:
Gregory Wiest, Tenor,
Elaine Ortiz-Arandes, Soprano,
Nicole Winter, Piano,
Reinhard Schmid, Doublebass

Songs of the Soul

composed 1993 by Allen Cohen
Texts by Walt Whitman
A Noiseless Patient Spider
A Clear Midnight
O Living Always, Always Dying
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
One Hour to Madness and Joy
Solid Ironical, Rolling Orb
Darest Thou Now O Soul

Handkerchief, Cross & Bread

composed 2000 by William Vollinger
for Tenor Soloist, and String Bass,
Texts by William Vollinger

Food for Love

composed 1998 by Mona Lyn Reese
Text by Thomas A. Hassing, from the Opera, Three Fat Women of Antibes
Aria of Prinz Roccamare

Cantadas D'Un Vuzo Enculado

for Tenor, Soprano, Piano and Double Bass
composed 1999 by Victor Saucedo
Texts by Steve Kowit

Dream Songs

for Tenor, Contrabass and Piano
composed 1984 + 2001 by Doug Davis
Texts by John Berryman
Huffy Henry
I Miss Him

Allen Cohen's work includes music for piano solo, voice, varied chamber ensembles, and orchestra. He received a doctorate in composition from the City University of New York, where he studied with Thea Musgrave, Bruce Saylor, and David Del Tredici. Currently Assistant Professor of Music at New York University, he has also taught at Hunter College, State University of New York at Purchase, and Manhattanville College, and was the recipient of a Meet the Composer residency grant in 1992. His orchestra piece Autumn Morning, which was premiered by the Moravian Philharmonic during their Festival of New Music for Orchestra, is his most recent composition to appear on compact disc. He has written incidental scores for several films and off-Broadway plays, and has arranged dance music for five Broadway musicals. He has also conducted many operetta and musical theater productions on Broadway and elsewhere, and has performed extensively as a pianist

William Vollinger is primarily a composer of vocal music, performed by groups such as the Gregg Smith Singers and New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, whose performance of his "Three Songs About the Resurrection" won first prize at the Geneva International Competition. "The Violinist in the Mall" won the 2005 Friends and Enemies of New Music competition. "Sound Portraits", recorded by Capstone, features soprano Linda Ferreira, including "The Child in the Hole", the true story of a Jewish boy who was hidden for three years during the Holocaust. It was selected for the 2003 Contemporary Music Festival in Kearney, Nebraska, and the 2004 Society of Composers National Conference. Tennessee Technological University presented an entire concert of his music. His works have been performed and broadcast in Europe, United States, and Asia. NPR devoted an hour program to his music. He is published by Lawson-Gould, Laurendale, and Heritage, with four pieces featured as editor's choices in the Pepper Catalogue.
Writing in "Fanfare" (December 2003), Raymond Beegle writes, "I have known his work for years and believe, after much consideration, that there is genius in it. With astonishing depth and clarity, Vollinger brings his subjects to life. One finds a new musical language, not born out of a desire to be new, but a desire to be clear and to tell the truth. With all it's freshness, it is rooted in our past traditions, felicitously circumventing all the chaos, all the attitudinizing, and intellectualizing, and publicizing, that litter the present musical horizon."

Mona Lyn Reese was born in Morris, Minnesota. She has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Minnesota, Morris, where she studied with Dr. Clyde Johnson and with Dr. John Pozdro. From the University of Kansas she has a Master's in Music Theory and Composition, where she studied with Dr. Edwuard Matilla. Ms Reese currently works as a professional composer from her home in San José California.

Victor Saucedo was born 1937, in Colton, California. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Composition from the University of Southern California in 1966 and his Master's, 1968, and his Doctorate, 1972, from the University of California, in Los Angeles. In addition, he studied Computermusic at the University of California in San Diego and at the Stanford University. He currently teaches Music Theory and Mexican Music at Southwestern College.

Doug Davis is a summa cum laude and Phi Kappa Phi graduate of the University of Tennessee, Doug Davis went on to complete M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, where he studied with Earl Kim and Leon Kirchner. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships and awards including the Woodrow Wilson, National Endowment of the Humanities, and Paine Traveling Fellowship. Several of his compositions are recorded by jazz greats including Chick Corea, Bennie Wallace, Eddie Gomez and Larry Coryell. Davis is presently a professor of music at California State University, Bakersfield, where he teaches music theory and compositon and directs an award-winning jazz program.