Dennis Tobenski and Marc Peloquin’s debut album of love songs by living American composers.
Chester Biscardi: Modern Love Songs
David Del Tredici: “Here ” from Gay Life
Zachary Wadsworth: Three Lullabies
Darien Scott Shulman: Three Poems of Thomas Moore
Dennis Tobenski: And He’ll Be Mine
Meet the Composers
Born in 1948 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he received a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. in Italian Literature, and an M.M. in Musical Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.M.A. and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale. He is Director of the Music Program at Sarah Lawrence College, where he was the first recipient of the William Schuman Chair in Music.
Learn more at ChesterBiscardi.com.
Find the score to Modern Love Songs here.
David Del Tredici
Learn more at DavidDelTredici.com.
Find the score to Gay Life here.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Wadsworth (b. 1983) earned graduate degrees from Cornell University (DMA) and Yale University (MM), and is an honours graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM). His principal composition teachers have included Steven Stucky, Martin Bresnick, Ingram Marshall, Ezra Laderman, and David Liptak. He has taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the University of Calgary, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Williams College. He also maintains an active performing life as a tenor and pianist.
Learn more at ZacharyWadsworth.com.
Find the score to Three Lullabies here.
Darien lives in Astoria, NY, with his husband Dennis Tobenski, and their two cats, Pistachio and Midget.
Learn more at DarienShulman.com.
Inquire about the score to Three Poems of Thomas Moore here.
Dennis’s 20-minute work for high voice and orchestra, Only Air, which memorializes the gay teenagers who have taken their own lives in recent years, was commissioned and premiered by the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra in 2013. A chamber version of the piece was premiered in May 2014 by The Secret Opera in NYC. The chamber version received its West Coast premiere in November 2014 by members of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony as a part of the American Psychiatric Association’s annual Institute on Psychiatric Services.
In 2016, Dennis will begin composing his first opera in collaboration with poet and playwright Barbara Grecki. The hour-long chamber opera, commissioned by The Secret Opera, will explore the harsh realities of sex trafficking in the United States, and is based on a short story written by the composer.
Called a “dynamic vocalist” by Mr. Tommasini, Dennis’s focus as a vocalist is primarily on the works of the 21st and late 20th centuries. He has premiered works by David Del Tredici, Chester Biscardi, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Darien Shulman.
In November 2014, he and Marc Peloquin recorded their first album together: a disc of 19 art songs by living gay American composers. The album, titled And He’ll Be Mine, will be released by Perfect Enemy Records, and features works by David Del Tredici, Chester Biscardi, Zachary Wadsworth, Darien Shulman, and Dennis Tobenski.
Dennis lives in New York City with his husband Darien Scott Shulman and their cats Midget and Pistachio.
Learn more at DennisTobenski.com.
Find the score to And He’ll Be Mine here.
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