TTBB (also available in SSAA and SATB with piano accompaniment)
A setting of six poems of David McCord. Commissioned by the MeistUrsingers chorus of the Tavern Club, Boston, in honor of Elliot Forbes.
The Cow Has A Cud
The Star In The Pail
A Thing That I Love
Epitaph For A Waiter
Pear Tree Press Music Publishers distributed by Subito Music Corp.
PTM 471 (TTBB)
PTM 472 (SSAA)
PTM 473 (SATB)
“Two of those regulars were performed on this program, titled “Premiere! American Poetry Settings.” One was Ronald Perera, who was on hand for the New York premiere of “The Star in the Pai,” six songs set to whimsical poems by David McCord. Though the texts are pretty light, Mr. Perera’s pleasure in the fanciful words comes through in his appealing, quirky music, which the choristers sang with rich sound and liveliness.” The New York Times Review Saturday, May 25, 2013
“Adding a touch of whimsical humor to the first half were Ronald Perera’s “The Star in the Pail,” cleverly imagined settings of six children’s poems by David McCord. Particularly, the perky, percussive “The Cow Has a Cud” and “The Starfish,” with its comical barroom piano vamp, drew chuckles from the audience. A part-time Cape resident, Perera was on hand to provide a brief, insightful commentary.” Cape Cod Times 2/7/2006
Hildegard Magnificat Available for SSA or SATB choir with Organ Accompaniment
Composed for the 2009 Christmas Vespers concert at Smith College, which featured new music commissioned for the occasion based on chants composed by the 12th-century composer, artist and mystic Hildegard von Bingen. This Magnificat setting is inspired by Hildegard’s Marian antiphon Quia ergo femina. The original SSA version is dedicated to the Smith College Glee Club, Jonathan Hirsh, director.
Text inspired by:
Hildegard von Bingen’s Marian antiphon Quia ergo femina.
E. C. Schirmer Music Company
SSA Version, 7624
SATB Version, 7625
“The Hildegard Magnificat takes its name from the source of the main musical motif, namely an antiphon by Hildegard von Bingen. This work is probably more at home in a concert setting than at an Evensong, and while it uses the Rite I text, it does not include a Gloria Patri. The Smith College Glee Club commissioned the work, thus the treble version is the original. The mixed choir arrangement simply redistributes the parts without changing a note of the organ. Perera approaches the text atmospherically, creating a sense of exalted mystery. The closing moments resolve the loose E minor tonality with a surprise Picardy third and minor seventh, and this nebulous harmony typifies the evocative effect of the entire setting. The treble version relies on part divisions to fill our harmonies, requiring an ensemble large enough to cover six parts. The mixed choir voicing would be accessible to most volunteer groups.”
The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians November, 2013
Three Night Pieces Soprano and Alto solo, SSAA chorus, Solo cello, percussion and piano
A work for the more advanced college- or university-level chorus. The texts are drawn from three woman poets of vastly different times and cultures, the Greek poet Sappho, the American imagist poet Adelaid Crapsey, and the Chinese poet Tzu Yeh. The second piece is a cappella.
I Am the North Pole
Text attributed to:
E. C. Schirmer Music Company
Choral Score, 2834
Composed in 1974, the “Three Night Pieces” are settings of poems by Sappho (“Alone”), Adelaid Crapsey (“Triad”), and Tzu Yeh (“I am the North Pole”). Together their total duration is about twelve minutes. Though difficult and highly dissonant, the choral parts are not be yond the capacity of a well trained college ensemble; indeed the work is a worthy addition to the twentieth-century repertoire for women’s voices…. College-age singers can and probably should strengthen their musicianship on contemporary compositions such as this.
Music Library Association, NOTES 3/80
Earthsongs Soli and SSA/SSAA or SATB chorus with 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, percussion (one player), harp, strings or piano
A celebration of some of E. E. Cummings’ most vivid nature poetry. Commissioned by the Smith College Glee Club, Theodore Morrison, director.
Earthsongs is available on American Journey, a CD collection of Unusual choral works in exciting performances. Performed by New Amsterdam Singers, Elizabeth Rodgers, piano, Clara Longstreth, conductor. On Albany Records, Troy108.
Composed in 1974, the “Earthsongs” are settings of poems by Sappho (“Alone”), Adelaid Crapsey (“Triad”), and Tzu Yeh (“I am the North Pole”). Together their total duration is about twelve minutes. Though difficult and highly dissonant, the choral parts are not be yond the capacity of a well trained college ensemble; indeed the work is a worthy addition to the twentieth-century repertoire for women’s voices…. College-age singers can and probably should strengthen their musicianship on contemporary compositions such as this.
Music Library Association, NOTES 3/80
Ronald Perera, born in 1941, excels in choral music, and Clara Longstreth is doing a great service in bringing his work to the public. On the present disc we hear his Earthsongs (1983) on texts by e.e. cummings. These are sublime pieces, and immediately advance to the front rank of cummings’settings. “In Just-spring” and “as is the sea marvelous” are particularly fine, but in fact I like all six pieces.
Fanfare Magazine, Winter 1994 (review of Albany CD, Troy 108)
Hold Out Your Hands Over the Earth SATB, SSAA, or TTBB and Piano
The final movement of The Outermost House.
The Outermost House: The late Robert Lurtsema narrates these colorful, melodic works. Includes Robert Perera’s The Outermost House performed by Chatham Chorale, Margaret Bossi, conductor, Nancy Armstrong, soprano, Robert J. Lurtsema, narrator and The Canticle of the Sun performed by Chatham Chorale, Margaret Bossi, conductor, Robert J. Lurtsema, narratorand .
Three Love Lyrics SA, SA, SATB (three choir version); SATB; SSAA with Six trumpets, two trombones (three choir version) or keyboard only (SATB and SSAA versions)
Commissioned by Five Colleges, Inc. for the 2000 Five College Choral Festival. It is available in several versions, including for three choirs (SA, SA, and SATB) and brass ensemble, for SSAA chorus and keyboard, and for SATB chorus and keyboard. The text is from The Song of Solomon.
1. Behold, thou art fair
2. Rise up, my love
3. Set me as a seal
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