Alice Parker: A Vocal Craftsman

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Alice Parker is a living legend among choral music fans and this week’s show is dedicated to her music. We hear her work as a composer, arranger and conductor and the different ways in which she employs the human voice.   

The centerpiece of the show is SongStream, a series of songs based on the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Inspired by the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Parker wrote the song cycle for mixed choir and piano accompaniment.

Someone once asked Alice Parker how she’d like to be remembered some day and she said, “as a craftsman, one who understands the voice and the setting of words, and who brings pleasure to players and listeners.” 




Alice Parker: Hark, I hear the harps eternal

Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola

Kent Tritle, Conductor

Album Title: Cool of the Day

MSR Music MS 1374


Alice Parker: Durme, Durme

Elektra Women’s Choir

Album Title: Sacred Places

Skylark Music 2006


Arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw:

Down by the Sally Gardens


The Men of the Musicians of Melodious Accord

Alice Parker, Conductor

Album Title: My Love and I

Gothic Records 49213


Alice Parker: Play Party Songs

Jennie Jenkins

Kitty Alone

Turkey in the Straw

Musicians of Melodious Accord

Alice Parker, Conductor

Album Title: Transformations

CD Baby


Alice Parker: Eight American Mountain Hymns

New Concord



Gloriae Dei Cantoris

Elizabeth C. Patterson, Conductor

Album Title: Appalachian Sketches

Gloriae Dei Cantoris GDCD 031


Alice Parker: SongStream, for chorus & 2 pianos

To Kathleen: Still must the poet as of old

Mariposa: Butterflies are white and blue

The Philosopher: And what are you, that wanting you

The Spring and the Fall: In the spring of the year

Nuit Blanche: I am a shepherd of those sheep

The Merry Maid: Oh, I am grown so free from care

Thursday: And if I loved you Wednesday

Passus mortuus est: Death devours all lovely things

Lethe: Ah, drink again

The Musicians of Melodious Accord

Alice Parker, Conductor

Album Title: Angels and Challengers - American Woman Poets

Melodious Accord 5638022173


Arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw: L’Amour de Moy


Album Title: Wondrous Love

Teldec 16676


Traditional / Arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw:

What Shall we do with a Drunken Sailor

Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus

Album Title: Sea Shanties

RCA Victor Living Stereo 63528


Samuel Stennett / Arr. Alice Parker:

How Soft the Words my Savior Speaks

The Musicians of Melodious Accord

Alice Parker, Conductor

Album Title: Sweet Manna

GIA Music CD434

Comments [1]

We have an entire sister station (WNYC) for talk talk talk, and I support WQXR because it offers music -- and more to the point because it is the only classical music station in NYC. So why is what little music we have being encroached upon by yet another talk program? Doesn't this belong on the WNYC side? The last thing we need or want on a peaceful weekend morning is more yammering (especially about politics) instead of music.

Feb. 23 2014 06:47 AM

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