Annabel Lee (2010)

for tenor and piano trio
pre­miere Octo­ber 24, 2010
Bell and Barter The­ater & Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter
Rock­away, NJ
about 6“00

pre­miere per­for­mance with Dan Foran, tenor

There is a fate­ful story behind this piece. The melody was writ­ten about 15 years ago for a project I never com­pleted, although I did always like the melody very much. I pro­vided the music to Emily Thomp­son, a lyri­cist and direc­tor (and the exec­u­tive direc­tor of In Mid Air Pro­duc­tions) and sug­gested she write some orig­i­nal lyrics.


Instead, she came back to me with the inspired idea that Edgar Allan Poe’s clas­sic “Annabel Lee” would fit. To my utter sur­prise, she was cor­rect. There is an unusual form in the piece, ABCABC, but it was a big hit in its pre­miere per­for­mance at In Mid Air Production’s Fall 2010 con­cert cel­e­brat­ing Poe.

Because of her inspi­ra­tion and tenac­ity in see­ing the whole project through, this piece is ded­i­cated to Emily.

Dan Foran per­formed this piece a sec­ond time in Feb­ru­ary 2011

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