VOCAL

O Soothest Sleep (2017)

for voice, electric guitar and electronics

Duration: 4 minutes

 

Lulling Charities (2017)

for voice, harmonium, guitar and electronics

Duration: 3 minutes

 

“From My Doleful Prison” (2017)

for soprano, piano and optional electronics/projected imagery
Artwork by Dustin Brown

Duration: 10 minutes
PDF Score: $30


For questions about the projected imagery and electronics, contact info@jenniferbellor.com.

From My Doleful Prison” sets the letter Anne Boleyn supposedly wrote to her husband Henry VIII while she was in prison awaiting execution. When I first read the letter, I knew I wanted to create a mad scene, since she is angry, confused, anxious, and filled with all sorts of emotions one would have when in a situation where one is wrongfully accused and sentenced to death for crimes that she may not even have committed. In addition to the soprano and piano parts, I used Logic samples to create a present day atmosphere that one might experience sitting in a jail cell. One would hear footsteps of prison guards approaching on a regular basis, along with clanging of the metal bars, people yelling, and even abstract sounds that one might experience in electrocution chambers. This sounds are ongoing throughout the entire piece to represent the fact that even after communicating the letter in song, the sounds will never stop, and the prisoner is still hopelessly stuck in a state of oppression sitting there in her jail cell.

From My Doleful Prison” was commissioned by Emily Woodruff and premiered at the Composers Now Festival February 17, 2017, followed by a second performance at the UNLV Nextet Concert March 15th with faculty pianist Timothy Hoft.

 

Songs in the Dark (2016)

for voice and piano
text by Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

Duration: 12 minutes
PDF Score: $40


Video from the premiere at the UNLV Nextet Concert on November 2, 2016.

Jennifer Bellor, composer and vocalist
Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano

1. The Night Is Darkening (text from poem “Night is Darkening”) – she is caught in the middle of a metaphorical storm that ultimately sucks her into the vortex of despair.
Interlude – “Frozen” creating the cold and dreary atmosphere; leaves falling from trees and other instruments join in before voice begins
2. Fall, Leaves, Fall (text from poem “Fall, Leaves, Fall”) – she embraces darkness, welcoming death around her
3. I’ll Not Weep (text from poem “Stanzas”) – even though she may be sad that he dies, she really is just sad to be stuck here and hopes that she can die too very soon and join him.

 
for voice, string quartet, vibraphone, electric bass
1. The Night Is Darkening (text from poem “Night is Darkening”) – she is caught in the middle of a metaphorical storm that ultimately sucks her into the vortex of despair.
Interlude – “Frozen” creating the cold and dreary atmosphere; leaves falling from trees and other instruments join in before voice begins
2. Fall, Leaves, Fall (text from poem “Fall, Leaves, Fall”) – she embraces darkness, welcoming death around her

Duration: 8 minutes
PDF Score: $25


PDF Parts: $15

featuring Jennifer Bellor, vocalist; Mivos Quartet; Tim Jones, vibraphone; Summer Kodama, electric bass

This version of Songs in the Dark was written for the Mivos Quartet at the UNLV N.E.O.N. Festival for the concert on September 17, 2017.

 

for voice, piano, synth, electric bass (see SONGS IN THE DARK)

 

Air and Angels (2016)

text by John Donne (1572-1631)
Duration: 4 minutes
 
for voice, piano, synth, electric bass

PDF Score: $15


PDF Parts: $5

This is a recording featuring Jennifer Bellor (vocals); Christina Wright-Ivanova (piano); Jason Corpuz (synth); Summer Kodama (electric bass)
 
for voice and piano

PDF Score: $10

 

Burning Light (2015)

for soprano, piano, electric guitar, electric bass, and drums
text from poem “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

Duration: 6 minutes
PDF Score: $15


PDF Parts: $10

Jennifer Bellor, vocalist
Tim Jones, vibraphone
Jae Ahn-Benton, piano
Sean Carbone, electric guitar
Summer Kodama, electric bass
Colin Woodford, drums
Bronson Foster, conductor

 

Chase the Stars (2015)

for soprano, rapper, flute, clarinet, string quartet, vibraphone/glockenspiel, piano, electric guitar, bass, and drums
text from poem “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Brontë (1818-1848)
Rapper provides original lyrics.

Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Score: $25


PDF Parts: $15

Winner, 2016 The American Prize

“Powerful from the very beginning, Bellor’s gorgeously haunting vocals hypnotizes in “Chase the Stars” like a seemingly innocent mermaid who will later capture you with no intentions of bringing you back. It is a bold and avant-garde juxtaposition of two genres—opera and rap.” – No Depression

“For those who prefer contemporary jazz with a twist, “Chase the Stars” is an absolute must.” – JazzCorner

text from poem “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Brontë (1818-1848)
Original lyrics by Rasar Amani
Jennifer Bellor, soprano and composer
Rasar Amani, MC
Bronson Foster, conductor
Lynn Tsai, flute
Ivan Ivanov, bass clarinet
Samantha Ciarlo and Tammy Hung, violin
David Chavez, viola
Lindsay Johnson, cello
Tim Jones and Kyle Bissantz, percussion
Bennett Mason, piano
Sean Carbone, electric guitar
Summer Kodama, bass
Jeremy Klewicki, drums

Chase the Stars was written for the NYC-based ensemble ShoutHouse December 10, 2015. The recording above is from the recording sessions for my debut album featuring UNLV musicians.

 

Fallen Veneer (2015)

for 2 sopranos, flute, clarinet, string quartet, 2 percussion, piano, electric guitar, electric bass, and drums
Lyrics adapted/inspired by the poem “Christabel” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) and Baudelaire’s “The Generous Gambler”

Duration: 6 minutes
PDF Score: $20


PDF Parts: $10

“Think No. 5, 1945 by Jackson Pollock in music form. This high-octane, intense song is like traversing a dark, mysterious rainforest with eerie yet enthralling sounds that make you want to explore further even if your gut tells you otherwise.” – No Depression

Jennifer Bellor, soprano and composer
Hunter Rose Turner, soprano 2
Bronson Foster, conductor
Lynn Tsai, flute
Ivan Ivanov, clarinet
Samantha Ciarlo and Tammy Hung, violin
David Chavez, viola
Lindsay Johnson, cello
Tim Jones and Kyle Bissantz, percussion
Jae Ahn-Benton, piano
Sean Carbone, electric guitar
Summer Kodama, electric bass
Colin Woodford, drums

 

Familiar Stranger (2015)

for soprano, flute, clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, piano, 2 percussion (congas, glockenspiel, vibraphone), and electric bass
Lyrics adapted/inspired by “The Generous Gambler” by Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) with help from Elizabeth Reeves

Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Score: $20


PDF Parts: $10

Jennifer Bellor, vocalist
Lynn Tsai, flute
Ivan Ivanov, clarinet
Samantha Ciarlo, violin
Lindsay Johnson, cello
Tim Jones and Kyle Bissantz, percussion
Jae Ahn-Benton, piano
Summer Kodama, electric bass
Bronson Foster, conductor

 

Perhaps Not to Be (2013)

for soprano and piano
text by Pablo Neruda

Duration: 3 minutes
PDF Score: $10

This recording features mezzo-soprano Rachel Love at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford March 13, 2016.

Perhaps Not to Be was written for the wedding of soprano Emily Mills Woodruff in June 2013 at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. The English translation of the poem by Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was used for the piece, and was originally scored for soprano and organ, featuring mezzo-soprano Katherince Ciesinski and organist Thatcher Lyman.

Perhaps Not to Be (2013)

for soprano and organ
text by Pablo Neruda

Duration: 3 minutes
PDF Score: $10

 

Nightingale (2011)

for soprano and piano
text by E. Louise Beach

Duration: 3 minutes
PDF Score: $10

“The charismatic and alluring sound of “Nightingale” is undeniably one of the most haunting songs on Stay. Bellor is able to showcase her soprano chops in this song, and Christina Wright-Ivanova’s piano completes the essence of the song. Together, they are able to create visionary music that can be compared to a nightingale humming in paradise.” – JazzCorner

Nightingale was among the songs commissioned by E. Louise Beach and the Just Poets society in Rochester, NY. I premiered the songs at St. John Fischer college and the Women in Music Festival at Eastman Spring 2011.

 

Late, By Myself (2010)

for soprano and organ
text by Rumi

Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Score: $15

Late By Myself (2011) was commissioned by Emily Mills Woodruff and premiered with Thatcher Lyman (organ).
 
for soprano, vibraphone, piano, bass and drums

Duration: 5:30
PDF Score: $10


PDF Parts: $7
Email info@jenniferbellor.com for purchase of parts.

Late, By Myself (2011) for soprano, vibraphone, piano, bass, and drums was written for Emily Mills Woodruff, and premiered at the Eastman School of Music, featuring Emily Mills Woodruff, soprano; Tomasz Arnold, vibraphone; Jennifer Bellor, piano; Ben Thomas, bass; and Aaron Staebell, drums. Video recording of a performance at the Eastman Women in Music Festival, featuring dancers Miss Pfohl Smith and Alaina Olivieri.

Late, by myself, in the boat of myself,
no light and no land anywhere,
cloudcover thick. I try to stay
just above the surface,
yet I’m already under
and living with the ocean
– Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

 

“Drink Me” (2008)

for soprano and percussion quartet
text by Lewis Carroll
Premiered at the Aspen Music Festival summer 2008

Duration: 7 minutes

“Drink Me” (2008) was premiered at the Aspen Music Festival summer 2008. The second performance was at the Eastman School of Music fall 2008 featuring soprano Jamie Jordan.

 

Three Little Scenes (2009)

for soprano, cello and piano
text by Lia Purpura
I. Smoke
II. Sunday Afternoon
III. Parking Lot in the Snow

Duration: 4 minutes

Three Little Scenes was premiered at the Eastman Benson’s Composers’ Forum in collaboration with poet Lia Purpura. It was recorded with Jennifer Bellor, Erin Ellis (cello), and Arun Nadgir (piano).