solo voice

Ariel Songs (soprano and piano; text from Shakespeare) (2007) 10’ [P]
Arrangement of excerpts from Songs and Dances from “The Tempest” (see below).

Bedtime (voice and piano; text by Denise Levertov) (1989) 3′ (A)
(also available in version for voice, flute and harp) (1990)

Be Thou My Vision (voice and piano, based on Irish folk hymn. May be performed as part of Three Folk Hymns, along with What Wondrous Love is This? and How Can I Keep From Singing? (see elsewhere on this page)) (2016) 3’30”

Dark the Star (baritone and chamber ensemble (cl/bs cl, cello, piano, percussion (1 player) (texts by Rainer Maria Rilke, Susan Stewart, and from Book of Psalms; incorporates arrangement of From Psalm 116 (see below)) (2008) 20’ [P]

Four Sacred Songs (soprano or mezzo-soprano, fl/pic, cl/bass cl, hp, perc(1 player), vln, vcl; based on old traditional melodies; Latin texts; incorporates arrangements of Three Sacred Songs (see below)) (1990) 12′(P)

From a Book of Hours (soprano solo, 3333 4331 timp 3 pf/cel hp strings; texts by Rainer Maria Rilke) (2001) 18’ [P]
Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony
(Also available in version for soprano and piano (2002); version for soprano and chamber ensemble (1110 1000 pf, 1pc, 2vln, vla, vcl, cb or small body of strings) (2006))

From Psalm 116 (voice, piano; Latin text from Vulgate) (1995) 3’ (P)
Composed for an Orchestra 2001 AIDS Songbook concert

How Can I Keep From Singing? (voice and piano; based on 19th century American hymn by Robert Lowery. May be performed as part of Three Folk Hymns, along with Be Thou My Vision and What Wondrous Love Is This? (see elsewhere on this page)) (1996) 3’30”

Holy the Firm (soprano, piano; texts by Denise Levertov, Annie Dillard, Susan Stewart, John Climacus) (1999) 21’  [P]
(also available in version for soprano and chamber ensemble (fl/pic, cl/bass cl, hp, perc (1 player), 2 vlns, vla, vcl, cb (2000)) [P]
Piano and voice version commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University
Chamber ensemble version commissioned by the Twentieth Century Consort

Sacred Songs and Meditations (soprano or mezzo-soprano, fl/pic, cl/bass cl, harp, perc (1 player), vln, vcl, lute, 2 viols, recorders, psaltery, optional chorus; incorporates arrangements of Four Sacred Songs, and excerpts from String Quartet #2Christus Vincit, and Five Meditations) (1999) 30’ [P]
Commissioned by the Folger Consort and the Twentieth Century Consort

Shadow Memory (soprano and piano; text by Susan Orlean) (2014) 4′
commissioned by SongFest

Sleeping at Last (soprano and piano; text by Christina Rossetti) (2016) 4′

Songs and Dances from “The Tempest” (soprano, baritone, medieval and renaissance instruments (four players); texts by Shakespeare) (1998) 25’ [P]
(also available in version for modern instruments (soprano, baritone, fl/pic/alto fl, hp, perc (1 player), vla, vcl) (2003))
Original version commissioned by the Folger Shakespeare Library
Recorded by the Folger Consort for Bard Records
Version for modern instruments commissioned by the 20th Century Consort

Songs for Adam (baritone solo 3333 4331 perc (3 players) pno/cel hp strings) texts by Susan Stewart (2009) 30’[P]
Commissioned by the Chicago Symphony
perusal score available here

The Cloud of Unknowing (cantata for female voice and chamber orchestra) (1111 1110 perc(3) pf/cel 4vns 2vas 2vc 1cb; texts by Hopkins, anonymous, Donne, Brother Antoninus, Thomas Merton) (1987) 37′ [A]

Three Folk Hymns (voice and piano; based on Be Thou My Vision, What Wondrous Love Is This?, and How Can I Keep From Singing?) (2016) 13′

Three Sacred Songs (voice and piano; based on old traditional melodies; Latin texts) (1989) 10′ [P]
Commissioned by Town Hall, New York City

Two Songs from The Cloud of Unknowing (voice, piano; texts by John Donne, Brother Antoninus (voice and piano versions of Holy Sonnet #14 and Zone of Death from The Cloud of Unknowing (see above)) (1983-1984) 10′

Waltzing the Spheres (soprano and piano; text by Susan Scott Thompson) (2013) 4’
Commissioned by LyricFest

Weil Alles Unsagbar Ist (soprano, fl/alto fl, vln, vcl, pf; texts by Rainer Maria Rilke) (1990) 23′ [P]
Commissioned by New York Camerata 

What Wondrous Love Is This? (voice and piano; based on American folk hymn. May be performed as part of Three Folk Hymns, along with Be Thou My Vision and How Can I Keep From Singing? (see elsewhere on this page)) (2016) 4’30”

Who Do You Say That I Am? (soprano and piano; text by Kathleen Norris) (2016) 3’30”


[A] = Associated Music (Music Sales Classical)

[P] = Theodore Presser Co.

Where no publisher is indicated, contact the composer directly:
jamesprimosch at gmail dot com

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