Natalie Draper "O sea-starved, hungry sea" (2015, rev. 2017; song cycle)

Natalie Draper "O sea-starved, hungry sea" (2015, rev. 2017; song cycle)


Texts by William Shakespeare, John Keats, William Butler Years, and Alfred Tennyson

for soprano and piano

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Praised for her "individual and strong voice" (Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine), Natalie Draper explores character and evocative sound-worlds in her music. Recent works have been performed at Roulette Intermedium, UC Davis, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Canadian Opera Company. She has worked with a variety of ensembles and performers, including Akropolis Reed Quintet, the Empyrean Ensemble, and Symphony Number One.  She is currently working on a solo piano piece commissioned by Lior Willinger, a cello and bass duet commissioned by Katy Bell, and a vocal work for soprano Jennifer Holloway, commissioned by Sparks & Wiry Cries. Her music has received honors and recognition--Timelapse Variations, which has been recorded on the SNOtone label and is available for streaming on Spotify, garnered positive reviews from Lydia Woolever in Baltimore Magazine("dissonant melodies that build into a unified spiral"), Tim Smith in The Baltimore Sun (a "tense, darkly colorful churn"), and Mark Medwin in Fanfare Magazine ("...polyrhythm bolstering gorgeous pantonal harmonies and shards of chromatic counterpoint," while  "...items burst forth, in a way that might make Mahler smile..."). She was a resident at the Ucross Foundation (2010), a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (2015), and a resident at the I-Park Foundation (2018). This fall, she will join the faculty of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University as an assistant professor.