Alan Louis Smith: Vignettes

11 01 2010

Ellis Island building

Abandoned Ellis Island by vilseskogen (used under Creative Commons)

I didn’t quite meet my New Year’s resolution goal of 3-5 posts a week last week. Gotta get back on the horse and keep trying! I must admit that sometimes it can be frustrating because I come to the computer with one particular idea in mind but then cannot find the music I’m looking for online.

Today is one of those frustrating days. I have been corresponding with mezzo-soprano Virginia Dupuy, who I studied with at SMU and who really has her finger on the pulse of contemporary American artsong. She recommended I investigate the works of Alan Louis Smith (not to be confused with Larry Alan Smith).

Sadly, I have little to offer you other than a name, a recommendation from a trusted source, and a single video. Smith has written a couple of song cycles (which he calls “vignettes”), one using writings of immigrants for Vignettes: Ellis Island. Smith’s Vignettes: Covered Wagon Women was premiered by Stephanie Blythe relatively recently, to good review. Ms. Dupuy also recommends Smith’s Vocalise.



2 responses

26 01 2010
Glendower Jones

Dear Paul,
Virginia called me today for some music and told me about your brilliant website. I’m the person that prints the art song collections of Lori Laitman, Alan Louis Smith and Larry Alan Smith to name a few. If you need help locating any kind of classical vocal music don’t hesitate in contacting me. I’ve been doing this for 25 years. Good luck and thank you for spreading the word about great music.
Glendower Jones
Classical Vocal Reprints

26 01 2010

Thanks for dropping by! I am indeed familiar with your business, and I’m sure I’ll contact you in the future. 🙂

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