Three Song Cycles
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This masterful composer's songs use poetry by Edwin Arlington Robinson, William Blake and Ogden Nash.

Variations of Greek Themes was commissioned by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and received its first performance on November 20, 1977, with Maureen Forrester as soloist. "Variations of Greek Themes," Edward Arlington Robinson's collection of twelve poems based on texts by ancient authors, was published in 1915. Eight of the poems are set in this cycle. Innocence and Experience is a cycle of songs from the poems of William Blake. It was commissioned by the friends of Music at Yale (where Mr.Lewin taught music from 1971 to 1992) and received its first performance in 1961, with Helen Boatwright as soloist. Seven poems by Blake are arranged into a cycle of two contrasting days; they are set to music for soprano solo, and an ensemble of flute, oboe, horn, harp, two violins, viola, and two cellos. The text forms a cosmos of recurring images and ideas, several of which are reflected by corresponding musical devices. A Musical Nashery is a cycle of songs from the poems of Ogden Nash and was commissioned by Naomi Lewin, who gave its first performance on March 5, 1980, at the Yale School of Music, as part of her recital for a Master of Music degree. Complete texts are included in the program booklet for all the songs.
Frank Lewin, composer
Variations of Greek Themes
Elaine Valby, mezzo-soprano, Jayn Rosenfled, flute, Brett Deubner, viola, Elzabeth Panzer, harp, Elizabeth De Felice, piano

Frank Lewin, composer
Innocence and Experience
Susan Davenny Wyner, soprano, Yehudi Wyner, conductor

Frank Lewin, composer
A Musical Nashery
Judith Nicosia, soprano

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