An Abecedarium For Soprano And Piano
Scott Brickman composer
Kathleen Ellis poetry
Nancy Ellen Ogle soprano
Ginger Yang Hwalek piano
Addressing the man who greatly contributed to the theory of our evolutionary ascent, DEAR DARWIN, the second release on Ravello Records by composer Scott Brickman, explores several themes relating to Charles Darwin’s studies and interests including birds, love, world travel, and human boundaries. The song-cycle Dear Darwin is set to 26 poems by Kathleen Ellis and arranged as an abecedarium. Many of Ellis’ poems discuss observations of nature and human behavior, some proposing questions and others suggesting answers, while Brickman’s compositions consider different relationships between the piano and the soprano voice: he places the piano in three different roles in respect to the soprano – as an imitation, as a supplement, and as harmonic support.
The remaining works, conceived for electroacoustic instrumentation, are examples of evolutionary composition. Mayday Rose uses 100 notes or less, where Brickman states, “the definition of a ‘note’ is left up to the composer.” International: Bridge: Peace illustrates the blurring of borders and boundaries, combining and layering somewhat contradictory sounds such as spoken word and sung text, MIDI and sampled sounds.