Three Short Songs
(on poems by Judah al-Harizi)
"Roter's Three Short Songs was
a most successful balance of astringency and lyricism...his first song bracingly serial, the second quite sweet, the third
a judicious blend..."
-Peter Spencer, The Star-Ledger
Instrumentation: Tenor, Flute, Bb Clarinet, Viola, and Cello
Duration: ca. 8 minutes
Level of difficulty: challenging
Performances: World premiere by Helix! on December 8, 1993.
The Al-Harizi Songs were composed in 1991 during graduate studies at Rutgers University. They received their premiere with Helix!, the contemporary music ensemble at Rutgers. In 1998, the work was selected for inclusion in the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music. As a result, it was subsequently recorded by David Ossenfort, tenor with the New York City Opera, accompanied byfaculty members of the Eastman School of Music: Bonita Boyd, flute; Kenneth Grant, clarinet; George Taylor, viola; and Stefan Reuss, cello.