Part 1: “Fairy-Tales for the Children” Poetry by Vachel Lindsay. Commissioned for Frederica von Stade by MUSIC ACCORD. Premiere: August 20, 1998 at the Ravinia Festival, Illinois, with Martin Katz, pianist
1. Prologue: Once More – To Gloriana
3. The Haughty Snail-King
4. What the Rattlesnake Said
5. The Moon’s the North Wind’s Cooky (What the little girl said)
6. What the Scarecrow Said
7. What the Gray-Winged Fairy Said
8. Yet Gentle Will the Griffin Be (What Grandpa told the children)
Songs To The Moon was commissioned by MUSIC ACCORD, INC., a consortium of music presenters, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood; The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City; The Krannert Center, University of Illinois, Urbana; The Library of Congress, Washington, DC; The Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL; San Francisco Performances, San Francisco, CA; Spivey Hall, Clayton State College, Morrow, GA; University Musical Society, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the Wolf Trap Foundation, Vienna, VA.
A recording is available, see The Moon’s A Gong, Hung in the Wild (Avie).