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Vocal Music

Countertenor

Rani tero

Soprano

Aba mane manele
Fragments of Archilochos
Komachi at Sekidera
Neruda Songs
The Red Woman
Spring Music
Sumirana kareley
The Virgin's Songs
Wildcat Songs

Tenor

The Black Lake
Richard III: Speeches...
Snow
Telemachos' Song

Mezzo-Soprano

Aje to ananda
Apocalypse Songs
Komachi at Sekidera
Levertov Songs
Namaste ("Greetings")
Neruda Songs
Organ Screaming
Rani tero
The Red Woman
Shivatanz
Ya Devi

Baritone

Aje to ananda
Ev's Song
"Odyssey" Scenes
Organ Screaming
Possente Spirto
Rani tero
Richard III: Speeches...
Snow
Storyteller
Wraecca's Song
"Wraecca" Trios
Ya Devi

Multiple Voices

Ave Maris Stella
Jack and the Beanstalk
The little garter snake...
Missa Brevis
O Gracious Light
Sow (as in"pig")
"Wraecca" Trios


For COUNTERTENOR:

Rani tero (2002/2000)

Duration 6:00

for Alto Voice (or Baritone) and 4 Bass Viols

In raga Puria Dhaneshri, on a traditional poem in Hindi.


For SOPRANO:

Aba mane manele (2001)

Duration 3:00

for Soprano, Flute & Harp

A light, sweet song in raga Bhupali, on a traditional poem in Hindi.

Sumirana kareley (2001)

Duration 6:00

for Soprano & String Quartet

A rather dramatic song in raga Bhairavi, on a traditional poem in Hindi.

Komachi at Sekidera (1987/1999)

Duration 12:00

for Soprano (or Mezzo-Soprano), Alto Flute & Koto

for Soprano (or Mezzo-Soprano) & Alto Flute

for Soprano (or Mezzo-Soprano), Alto Flute & Harp

Based on a Japanese Noh play about the famous poet Komachi, who has lived beyond her beauty and her literary fame into old age, and has been forgotten.

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The Red Woman ("An Bean Rua") (1993)

Duration 10:00

for Female Narrator & Tape

The live actor speaks in English, while Shields' recorded voice speaks in Irish on tape. Poem in Irish and English by Shields, describing a man and a woman making love on the day of the Winter Solstice.

The Virgin's Songs (1992)

Duration 10:00

3 Arias for Soprano & Keyboard

From the opera Mass for the Dead. Based on a 13th-century Spanish song. In Catalan.

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Neruda Songs (1981)

Duration 14:00

6 Songs for Soprano (or Mezzo-Soprano) & Cello

On poems of Pablo Neruda.

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Fragments of Archilochos(1978)

Duration 3:00

for High Soprano, Piccolo & Violin

On poem of the ancient Greek writer Archilochos.

Spring Music (1967)

Duration 7:00

for Soprano, Trumpet & Oboe

On the poem "The Green Man" by Ronald Johnson.

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Wildcat Songs (1966)

Duration 9:00

3 Songs for Soprano & Piccolo

On a Native American shaman's poem.

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For TENOR:

Snow (1993)

Duration 7:00

for Male Narrator & Electronic Music on Tape

On the poem "Snow," by Greg Muirhead, about a homeless man frozen to death in the snow.

The Black Lake (1984)

Duration 9:00

for Tenor, Cello & Tape

From the opera Shaman. Text by Edward Barrett, in which a shaman wanders through the sounds of the night.

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Telemachos' Song (1975)

Duration 4:00

for Tenor & Piano

Song from the opera Odyssey III, in which Telemachos finds a place to set up his tent for the night.

Richard III: Speeches for Male Actor, Trumpet & Drum (1968)

Duration 5:00

Theatrical incidental music for Shakespeare's "Richard III."


For MEZZO-SOPRANO

Rani tero (2002/2000)

Duration 6:00

for Alto Voice (or Baritone) and 4 Bass Viols

In raga Puria Dhaneshri, on a traditional poem in Hindi.

Ya Devi (2002)

Duration 5:00

for Mezzo-Soprano (or Baritone), Flute, Harp & String Quartet

Composed in raga Dhaniya Dhaiwat, on a traditional chant in Sanskrit.

Aje to ananda (2001)

Duration 4:00

for Mezzo-Soprano (or Baritone), Organ (or Accordian) & Tubular bells

In raga Ahir Bhairo, on traditional poem in Hindi.

Komachi at Sekidera (1987/1999)

Duration 12:00

for Mezzo-Soprano (or Soprano), Alto Flute & Koto

for Mezzo-Soprano (or Soprano) & Alto Flute

for Mezzo-Soprano (or Soprano), Alto Flute & Harp

Based on a Japanese Noh play about the famous poet Komachi, who has lived beyond her beauty and her literary fame into old age, and has been forgotten.

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Apocalypse Songs (1994)

Duration 7:00

for Mezzo-Soprano & Keyboard

Songs from the opera Apocalypse. In Irish (with pronunciation), spoken by a sea-spirit, on how to live right.

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Namaste ("Greetings") (1993)

Duration 7:00

for Mezzo-Soprano & Keyboard

On a poem by Shields in Hindi to the goddess Devi. Optional choreography for the singer based on Indian classical dance style. From the larger work, Shivatanz.

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Shivatanz (1993)

Duration 9:00

for Mezzo-Soprano & Tape

On a traditional Sanskrit poem to Shiva, and poem by Shields in Hindi to the goddess Devi. Optional choreography for the singer based on Indian classical dance style.

Organ Screaming (1993)

Duration 6:25

for Mezzo-Soprano (or Baritone) & Tape

Aria from the electronic opera Apocalypse. In Greek.

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The Red Woman ("An Bean Rua") (1993)

Duration 10:00

for Female Narrator & Tape

Poem in Irish and English by Shields, describing a man and a woman making love on the day of the Winter Solstice.

Levertov Songs (1987)

Duration 14:00

for Mezzo-Soprano & Viola

On poems of Denise Levertov about the lives of women.

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Neruda Songs (1981)

Duration 14:00

for Mezzo-Soprano (or Soprano) & Cello

On poems of Pablo Neruda.

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FOR BARITONE

Ya Devi (2002)

Duration 5:00

for Baritone (or Mezzo-Soprano), Flute, Harp & String Quartet

Composed in raga Dhaniya Dhaiwat, on a traditional chant in Sanskrit.

Aje to ananda (2001)

Duration 4:00

for Baritone (or Mezzo-Soprano), Organ (or Accordian) & Tubular bells

In raga Ahir Bhairo, on traditional poem in Hindi.

Organ Screaming (1993)

Duration 6:25

for Baritone (or Mezzo-Soprano) & Tape

Aria from the electronic opera Apocalypse. In Greek.

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Possente Spirto (1992)

Duration 5:00

for Baritone & Tape

for Baritone, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano & tape

Aria from the electronic opera Mass for the Dead, based on Monteverdi's Orfeo.

Rani tero (2000)

Duration 6:00

for Baritone(or Alto Voice) & 4 Bass Viols

In raga Yaman, on a traditional temple song in Hindi.

Richard III: Speeches for Male Actor, Trumpet & Drum (1968)

Duration 5:00

Theatrical incidental music for Shakespeare's "Richard III."

Snow (1993)

Duration 7:00

for Male Narrator & Electronic Music on Tape

On the poem "Snow," by Greg Muirhead, about a homeless man frozen to death in the snow.

Trios from the opera "Wraecca" (1989)

Duration 10:00

for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone & Piano

Wraecca's Song (1989)

Duration 5:00

for Baritone, Cello & Piano

From the opera Wraecca.

Scenes for Baritone & Chamber Orchestra from the Opera "Odyssey" (1975)

Ev's Song Duration 5:00

Yul Wool-Gathers Duration 4:00

Paper Woman Murder: Yul Up to No Good Duration 4:00

Yul Talks to the Sea Duration 4:00

Ev's Song (1975)

Duration 5:00

for Baritone & Piano

Aria from the opera Odyssey.

Richard III: Speeches for Male Actor, Trumpet & Drum (1968 )

Duration 5:00

Theatrical incidental music for Shakespeare's "Richard III."

The Storyteller (1967)

Duration 12:00

for Bass-Baritone & Full Orchestra

Story by Shields, based on a traditional Northwest Coast Native American story about the origin of death.


For MULTIPLE VOICES:

Ave Maris Stella (2003)

Duration 4:00

for SATB Chorus

A polyphonic work based on the Gregorian chant Ave Maris Stella.

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Trios from the opera "Wraecca" (1989)

Duration 10:00

for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone & Piano

From the opera Wraecca, in which the god Odin manages to sacrifice himself. Drama by Shields, based on Anglo-Saxon poems.

O Gracious Light (1983)

Duration 3:00

for SATB Chorus

Hymn on traditional sacred text.

Jack and the Beanstalk (1976)

Duration 8:00

for Children's Voices

Little theater piece for children on text by Shields, based on the fairy tale.

The little garter snake in the grass (1976)

Duration 6:00

for Children's Voice and Simple Percussion

Little theater piece for children on original story by Shields.

Sow (as in"pig") (1966)

Duration 13:00

Solo Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, & Bass; Mixed Chorus, 4-part Children's Chorus, 2 hn, 2 tpt, tba, db, hrp, 4 perc.

On text by Shields, based on medieval English mystery plays.

Missa Brevis (1965)

Duration 14:00

Oratorio for Solo Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, & Bass with Guitar, Flute & Drum.

In Latin.

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