Instrumentation: voice and piano

Poems by: Stephen Crane

Duration: 7 minutes

Composed: 2015

Commissioned by: SubCulture Arts Underground, New York

Premiere: April 28, 2015 by Matthew Worth (baritone), Adriana Zabala (mezzo-soprano), and Gregg Kallor at SubCulture New York

Stephen Crane is a great storyteller. He’s probably best known for his Civil War novel, “The Red Badge of Courage,” and he brings the same keen observer’s eye to his sharp poems. These songs paints scenes in which the narrator experiences something a shocking, reflects, and responds – with empathy, and calm swagger.

Crane Songs:

  1. A man said to the universe

  2. In the desert

  3. I saw a man pursuing the horizon

  4. Think as I think

Recordings of Crane Songs: