Mezzo-soprano/Soprano

Air and Angels (2016)

for mezzo-soprano, piano, synth, electric bass
text by John Donne (1572-1631)


Duration: 4 minutes
PDF Score: $15


PDF Parts: $5

Air and Angels (2016)

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


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

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)

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 STAY (2016). It was a 2016 winner of 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


Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Score: $25


PDF Parts: $15

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”

“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


Duration: 6 minutes
PDF Score: $20


PDF Parts: $10

Familiar Stranger (2015)

for mezzo-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

“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


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

Late, By Myself (2010)

for soprano, vibraphone, piano, bass and drums
text by Rumi
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


Duration: 5:30
PDF Score: $10


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

Late, By Myself (2010)

for soprano and organ
text by Rumi

Late By Myself (2011) was commissioned by Emily Mills Woodruff and premiered with Thatcher Lyman (organ).
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


Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Score: $15

Lulling Charities (2017)



Duration: 3 minutes

Nightingale (2011)

for soprano and piano
text by E. Louise Beach

“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

O Soothest Sleep (2017)

for voice, electric guitar and electronics

Duration: 4 minutes
There will be another version available for mezzo-soprano, harp and percussion Spring 2019.

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

Perhaps Not to Be (2013)

for soprano/mezzo-soprano and organ
text by Pablo Neruda


Duration: 3 minutes
PDF Score: $10


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.

Songs in the Dark (2016)

for mezzo-soprano and 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

Songs in the Dark (2016)

for mezzo-soprano, piano, synth and electric bass


Email info@jenniferbellor.com for information on purchasing score and parts.

Songs in the Dark (2016)

for mezzo-soprano, string quartet, vibraphone, electric bass
text by Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

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

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

Turn the Key (2018)

for voice and pipe organ

Duration: 6 minutes
Contact Jennifer Bellor at info@jenniferbellor.com for information on purchasing score and parts.