Another reason why I don't keep a gun in the house: songs on poems of Billy Collins : for voice and piano

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Oxford University Press, Jul 15, 2004 - Music - 23 pages
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for solo voice and piano
Cipullo's settings of poems by Billy Collins are, at turns, darkly humorous and touching. The New York Times has called his music 'haunting' and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called him 'an expert in writing for the voice'.

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About the author (2004)


Tom Cipullo is rapidly becoming known for his songs, although he is turning out works of distinction in a number of forms, wrote critic Elliot S. Hurwitt in a recent issue of Fanfare magazine. Indeed, Cipullo is often associated with vocal music, having written over 150 songs and a number of vocal chamber works, but in recent years he has composed a number of instrumental works as well, including Water Lilies (commissioned by pianist Jeanne Golan), the fiery orchestral overture Sparkler (recorded by the Warsaw Philharmonic), and Fanamberfare, for brass and percussion. Cipullo has received commissions from the Mirror Visions Ensemble, I Cantori di New York, Joy In Singing, the New York Festival of Song, and tenor Paul Sperry, among others. Cipullo has also received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer. The New York Times has called his music haunting, and the Boston Globe remarked that his work literally sparkled with wit. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called him an expert in writing for the voice.

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