Martin Halpern

 composer, librettist, poet, playwright

 

Recent Musical Compositions

An asterisk before a title indicates that the work has had one or more public performances. A double asterisk after a title indicates that the score is available, in PDF format, on the American Music Center website
www.amc.net            

Chamber, vocal and orchestral works:

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Sonatina for Woodwind Quintet (two movements), 1994**.

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Thanatos: Four Poems About Death. Settings for tenor and piano of poems by Walt Whitman, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost and John Donne, 1995.**

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Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Cello (two movements), 1997.**

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Eros: Four Poems About Love. Settings for soprano, baritone and piano of poems by Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, William Butler Yeats and Wallace Stevens, 1997-8.**

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Horismos: Four Poems of Separation. Settings for soprano, flute and cello of poems by Ezra Pound, Emily Dickinson and Henrik Ibsen, 1998.**

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String Quartet # 1 (two movements), 1998.**

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A Woman Young and Old. Settings of four late poems of W.B. Yeats for soprano and piano, 1998-99.**

*Woodwind Quartet (three movements), 1999.**

*S
tring Trio (two movements), 1999.**

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The Lucy Songs. Settings of three poems of William Wordsworth for tenor and piano, 1999.**

*Sonata for Flute and Piano (three movements), 1999.**

Three Movements for Orchestra, 2000.

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String Quartet # 2 (three movements), 2000.**

*Psalms of Peace, for Chorus (SATB) and Piano, 2001.**

*Five Miniatures for Two B-Flat Clarinets, 2001.**

Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra, 2002.**

*String Quartet # 3 (three movements), 2002.**

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Prelude and Over the Carnage, for baritone and string quartet, 2003.

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Endings: Three Songs for Baritone and Piano (texts by Walt Whitman, Archibald MacLeish and Henry Vaughan), 2002-3.**

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The Here and Hereafter: Three settings of poems by Christina Rossetti, W.B. Yeats and John Donne for mezzo-soprano and piano, 2003.**

Two Preludes and Fugues for Three Flutes in C and Alto Flute in G, 2003.**

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Introduction and Allegro for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon, 2003.**

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Fantasy for Cello and Piano, 2003.**

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String Quartet # 4, 2004. **

*S
ailing to Byzantium" : Setting of the poem by W.B. Yeats for baritone and piano, 2004. **

*A Dialogue of Self and Soul": Setting of selected stanzas from the poem by W.B. Yeats for baritone, tenor and piano, 2004. **

*In Memory of W.B. Yeats": Setting of the poem by W.H. Auden for baritone and piano, 2005.**

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Tithonus" ;Setting of sections of the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson for tenor and cello, 2005.**

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Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, three movements, 2005.**

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Sonata-Allegro for Solo Vibraphone, 2006.**

Variations on Three American Spirituals, for flute, clarinet and piano, 2006. **

Darest Thou Now, O Soul, Setting of the Walt Whitman poem for chorus (SATB) and piano, 2006. **

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Three Later Poems of Walt Whitman, for baritone and piano, 2006. **

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Nine Songs of Experience, Settings of poems by William Blake, for tenor and string trio, 2007. **

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Three Sonnets of Gerard Manley Hopkins, for baritone and piano, 2007.

Three Poems of Edwin Alington Robinson, for tenor, flute and piano, 2008.**

The Testament of Koheleth.  Excerpts from the Book of Ecclesiastes.  For baritone and piano. 2009**

Three Shakespeare Sonnets, for baritone and piano, 2009

Operas:

*The Satin Cloak: A Chamber Opera in Two Acts.
Libretto by the composer, adapted from his play Tameem, 1996.**

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The Boy from Deerfield: A Chamber Opera in One Act.
Libretto by the composer, freely based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's story "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" and Robert Lowell's play of the same name, 1997. **

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The Inseparables: A Chamber Opera in One Act
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Libretto by the composer, adapted from his play The Inseparables, 2001. **

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Odysseus and Ajax: A Chamber Opera in One Act.

Libretto by the composer, freely based on Sophocles'  play Ajax, 2002, revised 2005.**

*The Scaffolding: A Chamber Opera in Two Acts. 
Libretto by the composer, freely based on Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder, 2004. **

*Constancy: A Chamber Opera in One Act.
Libretto by the composer, freely based on Anton Chekhov's The Bear, 2005. **

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The Well of Immortality: A Chamber Opera in One Act.

LIbretto by the composer, freely based on W.B. Yeats's
At the Hawk's Well, 2006. **

*Purgatory: A Chamber Opera in One Act.

Libretto by the composer, freely based on W.B. Yeats's Purgatory, 2007.
 

*Resurrection Day: A Chamber Opera in One Act.  Libretto by the composer, freely based on Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken, 2007.**


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The Dwarf Trees: A Chamber Opera in One Act. Libetto by the composer, freely based on a Japanese Noh drama, 2007.**

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The Damned Thing; A Chamber Opera in one Act. 
Libretto by the composer, 2007.**

*The Siege of Syracuse: Chamber Opera in Two Acts. 
Libretto by the composer, 2008.**

*The Death of Oedipus: Chamber Opera in One Act.  LIbretto by the composer, freely based on Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus, 2008. **

*The Enchanted Stone and The Hour Glass, chamber operas in one act, freely based on plays by W.B. Yeats. 2009.**

 *The Sacrificed and The Sacrificer, chamber operas in one act, freely based on plays by Euripides, 2010. 
 
*The Lock of Hair: chamber opera in one act, freely based on a Japanese Noh drama. 2010.
 
*Mrs. Middleman's Descent: chamber opera in one act. 2011.