soprano/mezzo-soprano and piano

“From My Doleful Prison” (2017)

for soprano, piano and optional electronics/projected imagery

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. Artwork by Dustin Brown

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.

Duration: 10 minutes
PDF Score: $30

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Songs in the Dark (2016)

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

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.

Duration: 12 minutes
PDF Score: $40

Air and Angels (2016)

for mezzo-soprano and piano
text by John Donne (1572-1631)

PDF Score: $10

Perhaps Not to Be (2013)

for mezzo-soprano and piano
text by Pablo Neruda

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

Duration: 3 minutes
PDF Score: $10

Nightingale (2011)

for soprano and piano
text by E. Louise Beach

Jennifer Bellor, soprano
Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano
“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

Duration: 3 minutes
PDF Score: $10