KITTY BRAZELTONCatalog of Scores
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I have separated the songs below into five categories that range from pieces which emphasize the voice predominantly to those where the voice participates more democratically as an "instrument" among instruments. As a general rule, because I like to treat instruments as "voices" and voices as "instruments" the voice is more prominently featured when the voice-to-instrument ratio is high.

NAME OF WORK DESCRIPTION DATE COMPOSED LENGTH INSTR. PERFORMANCE(S)
SOLO VOICE AND PIANO (OR ONE INSTRUMENT)

But Ruth Said

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A setting of the passage from the Bible where Ruth refuses to leave Naomi. 1998 5 min. for organ and soprano unperformed
Lookin' For Honey

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Minimalist jazz song. Premiered by Dr. Laura Mann, soprano. 1997 6 min. for soprano with piano accompaniment George Mason University, VA, March 1998.
Polly's Wedding Music The Bride's Advent , Sun-Worship (text by James Russell Lowell), Polly's Wedding March composed for my sister's wedding in June 1991. 1991 9 min. for organ and singer The Unitarian Church in Barnstable MA, June 1991
goneclamming UNIX CMIX generated "pluck" and processed ocean sounds with shakuhachi, percussion and voice. Revised for voice and tape in 1993. 1989; revised 1993 9 min. for voice and soundtrack the Akademie der Künste, East Berlin, as part of USArts: American Art in the 20th Century, June 1993.
Three Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Harp 3 short love songs to be sung continuously 1988 5 min. mezzo-soprano and harp Columbia Composers, Miller Theater, Fall, 1989
MULTIPLE VOICES AND PIANO
Fireworks A 4th-of-July opera with libretto by Billy Aronson (MTV, 'Beavis & Butthead,' Rent), commissioned by American Opera Projects' Family Opera Initiative. Premiered in excerpt June 14-16, 1999, by AOP at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on New York City's Lower East Side. 1999 90 min. 6 singers & piano; to be orchestrated for 6 singers & chamber orchestra The Angel Orensanz Foundation, NYC, June 1999.

Passed Away Is The Piano Girl

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Collage of songs about love and transience by women composers: Kitty Brazelton, Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1175), Mme. Bayon-Louis, and Luise Reichardt with improvised addenda of the performers' choosing. 1998 5 min. for SSAA with piano College Music Society Conference on Teaching Women & Gender In Music, Austin, Texas, February 1998.
Growing Up Female Songs and incidental music for full-length revue with non-professional cast of 20 women ages 8-93 using text generated from their life stories, commissioned by Paula Sepinuck & TOVA. 1993 90 min. TOVA cast: women's unison chorus and tape or piano accompaniment Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, 1993; Painted Bride Art Center, 1994, Phila. public school system, Flint, MI by UAW women's group, 1996-97.
MULTIPLE VOICES A CAPPELLA
Half-Way Between Dante's View and Vegas Theatrical song; libretto by Denise Lanctot, Performed by the New Music-Theater Ensemble of Minnesota Opera, Ben Krywosz, director. 1992 5 min. for a cappella tenor solo with baritone and two sopranos Atlanta Arts Festival, October, 1992; Washington, D.C., April 1993; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, fall 1993.
Shoal Polyphonic song with surreal imagistic text which opens into untexted improvised baritone solo against semi-improvised choral background 1973; revised 1995 10 min for SSAATTBB a cappella choir with improvising baritone soloist unperformed
MULTIPLE VOICES AND ENSEMBLE

Fishy Wishy

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A re-texting of the 4th mov't of Schubert's Trout Quintet—text from or based on my own translation of text from Schubert's lied "Die Forelle". Recorded for CRI CD "Alternative Schubertiade" spring 1999.

PLEASE NOTE: background photo shows Jed Distler at the piano with Dafna Naphtali (soprano) and Kitty Brazelton (alto) preparing to premiere Fishy Wishy. Renée Santer (soprano) and Danny Tunick (vibes) are off-camera.

1997 7 min. for SSA, vibes and piano "Alternative Schubertiade," Downtown Arts Festival, American Opera Projects, NYC 9/19/97 (reviewed in N.Y.Times 9/22/97 and Voice 9/30/97).

Love, I Know Beyond A Doubt

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Motet including text and melodies from traditional & Occitans chants and a monophonic chanson roial from the"Remede de Fortune" by Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300-1365), in memory of Professor Peter Gram Swing. 1997 14 min. for SATB chamber choir, 5 soloists & jazz quartet (tenor saxophone, piano, double bass and drums) unperformed
she said she said, "can you sing 'Sermonette' with me?"

you can hear an excerpt of Sermonette at http://www.arcananet.org/newmusicradio choose Joe Pehrson's 5/15/98 interview with Kitty Brazelton

Life study created in collaboration with composer Dafna Naphtali for our trio WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A BAT?; my portion developed at Columbia University Computer Music Center, March-June 1997 Reviewed in Chicago Tribune 10/14/97 and Reader 10/23/97. 1997 22 min. for WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A BAT?: two voices and microphones, two electric guitars, MAX interactive processing of Eventide delay unit, DAT soundtracks, MIDI-controlled sampler, drums Women's Avant Fest '97, Chicago, October 12 1997. Columbia University Computer Music Center's Interactive Arts Festival 99, The Kitchen, April 1999.
Hildegurls' Electric 'Ordo Virtutum' 21st-c. settings of 12th-c. Hildegard von Bingen's miracle play "Ordo Virtutum" by Brazelton in collaboration with composers Eve Beglarian, Lisa Bielawa and Elaine Kaplinsky; DAT soundtracks developed in part at Columbia University Computer Music Center. Revised version commissioned and premiered by Lincoln Center Festival '98. 1996; revised 1998 70 min. Hildegurls: 4 singers, soprano recorder, percussion, MIDI wand, sampler, electric bass and DAT soundtrack Context Hall, October 5, 1996; Lincoln Center Festival '98, July 22, 24, 25, 1998; Edgewood College, Madison WI, September 17, 1998 (Hildegard's 900th birthday).
Wanderlust-Obadiah 4-song setting of poem cycle by Denise Lanctot commissioned by New Music-Theater Ensemble, Ben Krywosz, dramaturg, Tom Linker, music director; funded by Opera America. 1995 30 min. bass solo, mezzo-soprano, soprano, trumpet, electric guitar, keyboards and percussion. Southern Theater, Minneapolis, April 11, 1995
The Dinner-Party A six-song cycle setting poems by Amy Lowell. Premiered by Brazelton's BOG LIFE on Cape Cod, MA tour funded by Massachusetts Arts Lottery, November 1991. Included on BOG LIFE recording "New & Unusual American Chamber Music." 1987-1991 22 min. for BOG LIFE: mezzo-soprano, baritone, oboe, harp, double bass, marimba and percussion Cape Cod, MA, November 1991. Roulette, 1991.
Leonardo Commissioned for dance by choreographer Eduardo Zeiger with excerpts from Sigmund Freud's essay "Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood". Recorded by BOG LIFE at WNYC, May 1994, for "New & Unusual American Chamber Music." 1993 25-30 min. for BOG LIFE: baritone, mezzo-soprano, classical guitar, harp, soprano recorder, oboe, drum, cymbal, double bass Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, New York City with Eduardo Zeiger and Friends, February, 1993, and without dance at CB's 313 Gallery, May 1992.
A Valentine from the Avant-Garde for Kids Full-length show including student-collaborated operettas "A Valentine Surprise for Blonds" and "Garfield, the Human." 1995 60 min. DADADAH (or amplified ensemble) with the P.S.126 Spinners (6th grade singers) Greenwich House Music School, NYC February 14 1995
SOLO VOICE AND ENSEMBLE
Queen of the Rain Art song revised for quintet 1978-April 199 10 min. for voice, flute, horn, cello and piano Music Under Construction, May 18, 1997. First Avenue, January 1999.
The Two Timing F**k I'm in Love With Poem by Carolyn Peyser. Recorded 1998 1996 10 min. for alto, 2 violins and 2 percussionists Premiere by Absolute Ensemble, June 30, 1996. Roulette, 1998.
R

you can hear R at http://www.arcananet.org/newmusicradiochoose Joe Pehrson's 5/15/98 interview with Kitty Brazelton

Chamber piece. No text. Parisian flavor? Rather exotic. 1989; revised, 1994 and 1998. 6 min. for untexted voice, electric 5-string viola, classical guitar, double bass and bongos Roulette, NYC, March 1998 and December 1994. Internet interview with Joe Pehrson.
Skimamaski Premiered by Kitty Brazelton (voice), Martha Mooke (viola), Martha Colby (cello) and Jane Getter (electric guitar). 1996 8 min. for quartet: un-texted voice, viola, cello and guitar, all amplified and multiply processed Venus Festival, Context Studio, NYC, September 28 1996
i touched your cheek Developed at Columbia University Computer Music Center from conversations between composer and performers. Commissioned by twisted tutu through American Composer Forum's CCP Program (substantially funded by Jerome Foundation). Recorded for o.o.discs, Copland Recording Program; released fall 1999. 1995-1997 10 min. for twisted tutu: voice, microphone, synthesizers, CMIX-processed "found" or sampled material, MIDI sequencing and DAT soundtracks Pittsburgh, September 1997. CUMC Interactive Arts Festival 99, The Kitchen, April 1999.

Your Mad Mad Love,

In The Eye Of The Storm

2 chamber rock songs 1996 3 min., 7 min. for Randall Woolf's CAMP: rock voice, trumpet, bass clarinet, organ, electric guitar, bass and drums Context Studio, August 1996,

Song for Todd,

Walkin' On My Beat,

Green Onions In The Field,

Go No Further

Compositions for DADADAH. Song for Todd and Green Onions... use untexted voice while Walkin'... and Go... have lyrics. Walkin'... is the longest containing a long interlude called My Mexico duo for cello & bass with brass, harp and drum incursions. 1998 5-10 min. for Brazelton's nine-piece electro-acoustic ensemble DADADAH: voice, alto sax, horn, trombone, harp, cello, electric guitar, electric bass, drums & percussion CB's Lounge, CBGB's, New York City, November 1997-July 1998 monthly residency.

Open the Window (& Look Out),

Soul Kiss,

U'r N Love N U Dono Y,

Thing Of Beauty,

Around You,

Waitin' For Ya Baby,

Sex Wind Dream,

Cinderella's Sister

you can hear Cinderella's Sister at http://www.arcananet.org/newmusicradio
choose Joe Pehrson's 5/15/98 interview with Kitty Brazelton

Songs for DADADAH recorded Sept. 1-3, 1995. Released on CD "Love Not Love Lust Not Lust" 1999. 1995 3-12 min. each for DADADAH: voice, French horn, harp, trombone, saxophone, flute, cello, electric guitar and electric bass, drums. Knitting Factory, NYC, August 29-31;
From Her Story Autobiographical musical narrative recorded by DADADAH, Labor Day, 1995. Released on CD "Love Not Love Lust Not Lust" 1999. 1993 26 min. for DADADAH: voice, French horn, harp, trombone, saxophone, flute, cello, electric guitar and electric bass, drums. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe for International Women's Month, March 1993
I Was Kidnapped
By Martians
Operetta in which entire ensemble except contralto is Martian and speaks in motives learned from radio waves in space. Libretto by Lorraine Llamas. Premiered by BOG LIFE. 1992 15-20 min. for BOG LIFE: contralto, baritone, harp, oboe, double bass, marimba and cymbal; Dixon Place, New York City, November 1992.
Lullaby for Handbells Ensemble lullaby with lighting and movement, dedicated to a newborn Rosie Mandel, commissioned by Corn Palace Productions for New Music America '92. 1992 15 min. for six handbell players accompanied by electric bass and amplified voice, The Southern Theater, Minneapolis, October 1992, New Music America
Rise Up! Song and instrumental suite containing the traditional blues, House Of The Rising Sun, revisited.Recorded and nationally released on DADADAH CD "Rise Up!" (Accurate/Distortion Records, May 1994. Nationally reviewed.) September 1991 14 min. for DADADAH: voice, French horn, harp, trombone, saxophone, flute, cello, electric guitar and electric bass, drums. The Knitting Factory, The Firewall Festival, Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, P.S. 122, NYC, 1990-91.
Snow White Rose Red Premiered by DADADAH at the Knitting Factory, The Firewall Festival, Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, P.S. 122, NYC, 1990-91. Recorded and nationally released on DADADAH CD "Rise Up!" 1991 (1981) 9 min. for DADADAH: voice, French horn, harp, trombone, saxophone, flute, cello, electric guitar and electric bass, drums. The Knitting Factory, The Firewall Festival, Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, P.S. 122, NYC, 1990-91.
The Night Is Mine Anti-war protest. Recorded and nationally released on DADADAH CD "Rise Up!" 1991 7 min. for DADADAH The Knitting Factory, etc., NYC, 1990-91.
Don't Look Back Exploded song form with fugue. Recorded and nationally released on DADADAH CD "Rise Up!" 1991 5 min. for DADADAH The Knitting Factory, etc., NYC, 1990-91.
Little Gamelan Da Gamelan influenced song. Recorded and nationally released on DADADAH CD "Rise Up!" 1991 5 min. for DADADAH The Knitting Factory, etc., NYC, 1990-91.
Dance Suite 5 symphonic movements re-interpreted in the modern idiom originally commissioned by choreographer Rebecca Romero. Recorded and nationally released on DADADAH CD "Rise Up!" (Accurate/Distortion Records, May 1994. Nationally reviewed.) 1990 26 min. for DADADAH: voice, French horn, harp, trombone, saxophone, flute, cello, electric guitar, drums (electric bass added later) Columbia Teacher's College, 1990; The Knitting Factory, LaMama Galleria, P.S.122, CBGB's, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC, 1990-94.
Fought So Wild, This House Is Haunted, Lonely's OK Rock songs 1987-1989 (a sampling): (co-written with Carl D'Errico---"It's My Life" by the Animals). 1988-89 3 min. ea. approx. for rock band New York City rock clubs (Tramps, Trax, CBGB's, etc.)
Oo-Ee-I, Girl In Danger, Bye Bye Mon Cheri, Do Ya?, No No No No No No No No No You, Sex & Violence, He's The Boy I Love, Valentine, K-I-S-S-I-N-G Recorded rock songs co-written with songwriting partner Joey Scarperia 1985-1987 3 min. ea. approx.

for HIDE THE BABIES:

2 voices, 2 electric guitars, electric bass and drums (occasional synthesizer)

New York City rock clubs (Tramps, Trax, CBGB's, etc.)
When Ya Comin' Home?, A Boy Of Mine, Snowed In For The Winter, I'm Not A Virgin, Is It Over?, Young Boy Recorded rock songs co-written with songwriting partner Joey Scarperia 1983-1984 3 min. ea. approx. for HIDE THE BABIES New York City rock clubs (Tramps, Trax, CBGB's, etc.)
When Do I Win Your Love?, All Over You Recorded rock songs co-written with songwriting partner Joey Scarperia 1983 3 min. ea. approx. for HIDE THE BABIES Philadelphia rock clubs (Chestnut Cabaret, Dobbs, etc.)
Countdown To Love, Crawlin' For You, Biker, Object Of Desire, Too Hot Too Fast, Infatuation, Think I'm Fallin In Love Recorded rock songs co-written with songwriting partner Joey Scarperia 1982-1983 3 min. ea. approx. for HIDE THE BABIES Philadelphia rock clubs (Chestnut Cabaret, Dobbs, etc.)
No More Conversation, Do What You Did Last Night, Half A Heart Away, Give Her The Right To Go Recorded rock songs co-written with songwriting partner Joey Scarperia 1981-1982 3 min. ea. approx. for HIDE THE BABIES Philadelphia rock clubs (Chestnut Cabaret, Dobbs, etc.)
Back In The Air Concert of songs and instrumental pieces for MUSICA ORBIS, recorded by dbx, Inc. for demonstration album; September, 1977. 1977 90 min for bells, chimes, timbales, claves, marimba, vibraphone, piano, organ, harp, flute, recorder, cello, double bass, electric bass, drum set and voices Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center, University of Pennsylvania with live broadcast by WXPN-FM; Sanders Theater, Harvard University, live broadcast on WBUR-FM
Sound in Space MUSICA ORBIS collaboration with architects using alternative audience-performer spatial configurations, inflatable sculpture, tunnels and microphone "forest" to alter concert ambience. 1977 90 min. portable acoustic instruments as well as harp, flute, drums, cello, bass, hammered dulcimer University of Pennsylvania, March, 1977.
Fire Opal Suite Performed and recorded by MUSICA ORBIS on "To The Listeners" (Longdivity Records 1977. National reviews. National television broadcasts.) 1976 12 min. for pipe organ, flute, cello, double bass, harp, marimba, drums, piano and voices The Bijou, Philadelphia; CBGB's, New York City; Berklee Performance Center, Boston.
Evergreen Festival annual concert on acoustic instruments by MUSICA ORBIS for the winter Solstice 1974 70 min. for pump organ, flute, recorder, cello, double bass, Irish knee harp, marimba, hand percussion, piano and voices The Painted Bride Art Center, every December 1974-77
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