carson cooman

Vocal Works

Song Cycles and Larger Vocal Works

Aux Tuileries (Op. 709) (2006) (5 min)
Voice and Piano
  I. Le grand basin
  II. Manège
  III. Les chaises
Texts by Jean-Thierry Boisseau (in French)
Published by Musik Fabrik

Brief Vibrations (Op. 870) (2010) (8 min)
for Jonathan Mark Roberts
Solo Voice (unaccompanied)
  I. Kairos
  II. Stillness Sings
  III. Within the Embrace
  IV. Spring Rain
  V. The Vine
  VI. Vibrations
Texts by Elisabeth T. Eliassen
Published by Musik Fabrik
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Circe (Op. 904) (2010-11) (7.5 min)
for Jolle Greenleaf and Christian Lane
Soprano and Organ
  I. Circe's Power
  II. Circe's Torment
  III. Circe's Grief
Texts by Louise Glück
Commissioned by Christian Lane
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Chasing the Moon Down (Op. 848) (2009) (16 min)
for Chris Gekker, Gail Collins, and Stephen Brown
Mezzo-Soprano, Trumpet, Piano
  I. Winter
  II. Spring
  III. Summer
  IV. Fall
Texts by Katherine Gekker
Commissioned by Chris Gekker
Published by Musik Fabrik
Recorded on Rising at Dawn: Chamber Music with Brass (CD Recording; Métier Records; Catalogue #MSV 28538)

Desiring the Solicitude of Rain (Op. 542) (2003-04) (10.5 min)
Solo Tenor and Chamber Orchestra
see listing in Orchestral Works with Soloists

Drone Mass (Op. 1029) (2013) (4 min)
for Heinrich Christensen
Voice and Organ
  I. Kyrie
  II. Sanctus
  III. Agnus Dei
Text from the Book of Common Prayer (in English)
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Gold into Diamonds (Op. 723) (2007) (10 min)
Commissioned by Amanda Forsythe in honor of the birthday of her mother, Rebecca Forsythe
Voice and Piano
  I. So Long an Oak
  II. Stranger in Egypt
  III. Ballad
  IV. The Lace of Poetry
Texts by Rebecca Forsythe
Commissioned by Amanda Forsythe
Published by Musik Fabrik
Recorded on New Dawn: Song Cycles and Piano Music
(CD Recording; Albany Records; Catalogue #TROY1053

In Beauty Walking (Op. 952) (2012) (15 min)
in memoriam Shirley Cooman Holtman (1930-2012)
Mezzo-Soprano and String Quintet
  I. Morning Song
  II. Star Song
  III. Rain Song
  IV. Cradle Song
  V. The Eagle's Song
Texts by Mary Hunter Austin
Commissioned by Gibbs & Main for EuphoNY 2012
Published by Soundspells Productions
Recorded on Terra Nova (CD Recording; Gibbs & Main)

Irreversible Heart (Op. 896) (2010) (9 min)
for Christine Howlett and the Chatham-Wood Duo
Soprano, Violin, Piano
  I. Unnameable Heart
  II. Mule Heart
  III. Irreversible Heart
Texts by Jane Hirshfield
Commissioned by Christine Howlett
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Recorded on Love Raise Your Voice (CD Recording; MSR Classics; Catalogue #MS 1384)

Lingering, Lonely Callings (Op. 753) (2004-05) (20 min)
Voice and Piano
  I. Keep Me (for Marisa on her 24th birthday)
  II. Bearing Spring (for Arnold Rosner)
  III. Succor (for Elizabeth Kirschner)
  IV. Yesterday (for Marisa, Christmas 2003)
  V. Humming Softly (for Marisa on her 23rd birthday)
  VI. Lamentation (for Joshua K. Copeland)
  VII. A Broken Prism (for Kate Maroney)
  VIII. Finale (for Amanda Forsythe)
Texts by Elizabeth Kirschner
Published by Musik Fabrik
Recorded on New Dawn: Song Cycles and Piano Music (CD Recording; Albany Records; Catalogue #TROY1053

Now That You See the Night (Op. 770) (2008) (4.5 min)
Soprano and Harpsichord
  I. On This Morning of Grief (for Joyce Carol Oates on her 70th birthday)
  II. Yucca on White Sands
  III. Sonatina to Hans Christian (for Jeff and Katharine)
Texts by Joyce Carol Oates, Sarah White, and Wallace Stevens
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Ostinato Mass (Op. 930) (2011) (4 min)
for Thomas Gregg and Heinrich Christensen
Voice and Organ
  I. Kyrie
  II. Sanctus
  III. Agnus Dei
Text from the Book of Common Prayer (in English)
Commissioned by Thomas Gregg
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Rossini in the Kitchen (Op. 615) (2005) (12 min)
see listing in Secular Opera

Seven Haiku (Op. 629) (2005) (4 min)
for Amanda Elizabeth Forsythe and Edward Elwyn Jones, on the occasion of their wedding, June 4, 2005
Voice and Piano
  I. Each Twig
  II. Above the Embers
  III. Beneath the Skylark
  IV. Morning Mist
  V. Snow Covered Cornfield
  VI. Night Journey
  VII. Finding the Sky
Texts by Hilary Tann
Published by Musik Fabrik
Recorded on New Dawn: Song Cycles and Piano Music (CD Recording; Albany Records; Catalogue #TROY1053)

Songs from the City of Light (Op. 805) (2009) (19 min)
for Harry Lyn Huff
Voice and Piano
  I. Wake Up
  II. Make It Easy
  III. Crayons (Stay Inside the Lines)
  IV. Summer in the City
  V. Dancers
  VI. Second Act of Day
  VII. City of Light
Published by Zimbel Press (Catalogue #80101303)

Three Songs from "As You Like It" (Op. 707) (2006) (5 min)
for Di Trevis
Voice and Piano
  I. Under the Greenwood Tree
  II. Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind
  III. It Was a Lover and His Lass
Texts by William Shakespeare
Commissioned by the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
Published by Musik Fabrik

Two Catullus Songs (Op. 120) (1999) (3 min)
for Jill Crooker
Voice and Piano
  I. Iam ver egelidos
  II. Odi et amo
Texts by Gaius Valerius Catullus (in Latin)
Published by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing (Catalogue #X814035)

Two Oates Miniatures (Op. 365) (2002) (2 min)
for Lena Murais
Voice and Piano
  I. The Forbidden
  II. Lost
Texts by Joyce Carol Oates
Commissioned by Lena Murais
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Two Shakespeare Settings (Op. 1045) (2013) (3 min)
for Tom Lovering
Voice and Piano
  I. To Reason Thus
  II. In the Winter's Pale
Texts by William Shakespeare
Published by Musik Fabrik

Two Vergil Songs (Op. 201) (2000) (3 min)
for Ray Perez
Voice and Piano
  I. Vere rosa
  II. Ego haec
Texts by Publius Vergilius Maro (in Latin)
Published by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing (Catalogue #X814034)

Two Wakefield Songs (Op. 592) (2004) (5 min)
for Helen Karloski and Angela Occhionero
Mezzo-Soprano, Clarinet, Piano
  I. After Looking at Bruegel
  II. Why Does the Bee Fly into the Little Iron Pagoda in the Garden?
Texts by Kathleen Wakefield
Published by Musik Fabrik

Waxing and Waning (Op. 667) (2005) (6 min)
Baritone and Piano
  I. Humming Softly (for Marisa on her 23rd birthday)
  II. Wake Up (for Gwyneth Walker)
  III. Finale (for Joshua K. Copeland)
Texts by Elizabeth Kirschner
Published by Musik Fabrik

 

Single Songs

Christ, We Wait (Op. 266) (2001) (3.5 min)
for Frederick and Susan Frahm
Voice and Organ
Text by Richard Leach
Published by Parsonage Press, exclusive distributor Subito Music Corporation (Catalogue #30190020)

Each Day a Dark Sea (Op. 378) (2002) (1 min)
for Penny Hansen
Voice and Piano
Text by Richard Leach
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In memoriam George Perle (Op. 810) (2009) (2 min)
for the New York Miniaturist Ensemble
Soprano and Piano
Text by Elizabeth Kirschner
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Mercy and Truth (Op. 938) (2011) (3.5 min)
for Jim and Don Anderson
Baritone and Organ
Text from the Bible: Psalm 85:10-13
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A Pentecost Prayer (Op. 395) (1999, rev. 2002) (1.5 min)
see listing in Choral Works

A Prayer in Spring (Op. 971) (2012) (3 min)
for Sonja Tengblad and Jonathan Hess, on their marriage
Soprano and Marimba
Text by Robert Frost
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A Prayer for Light (Op. 518) (2003) (3 min)
for Amanda Forsythe
Soprano and Organ
Text by Richard Leach
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Rise Up, My Love (Op. 837) (2009) (3 min)
for Greg and Lisa, and the Cleary family
Voice, Flugelhorn (or Trumpet), Organ
Text from the Bible: Song of Songs 2:10b-12; 13b
Commissioned by the St. Theresa Parish Choir, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
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Tempt Me (Op. 663) (2005) (3.75 min)
for Derek and Laura Chester
Soprano, Tenor, Piano
Text by Elizabeth Kirschner
Published by Musik Fabrik

This Dusk (Op. 671) (2005) (2 min)
for Kate Maroney
Mezzo-Soprano and Guitar
Text by Elizabeth Kirschner
Published by Musik Fabrik

Treasured Heart (Op. 1057) (2014) (4 min)
for Jac and Georgina
Bass Voice and Viola
Text is the title in Spanish
Published by Musik Fabrik