Song Collection

Six Poems by William Bronk

1. Of the Natural World
2. Skunk Cabbage
3. I thought it was Harry
4. The Wall
5. You get to Gilead
6. The Rumination of Rivers

Date: 1953Composer: Martin Hennessy

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These songs were commissioned in 2003 by the children of Charles Randall Gilmore in memory of the poet, William Bronk. One of those children is Pamela Gilmore, a collaborative pianist, opera coach and treasured colleague, who grew up playing in the yard of her father’s neighbor and friend who just happened to be one of America’s notable post-modern poets.

Three of the songs were included on American baritone Elem Eley’s critically acclaimed CD with Albany Records entitled Drifts and Shadows with clarinetist, Bruce Williamson and me at the piano. Elem, Bruce and I performed the long awaited world premiere on July 28, 2010 at Westminster Choir College’s Bristol Chapel.  You can hear excerpts from the cycle with us performing below.

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