Paul Alan Barker, Composer

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Three Lullabies
Songs Between Words
Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4
Songs Men Don’t Hear
Some Dirty Tricks
The Thief of Songs 1
The Thief of Songs II
The Thief of Songs III
Three Songs for Sylvia
 
 
Three Lullabies
1) Lullaby
3) Lullaby for a Motherless Child

Kabara/Kabara2.jpg

click thumbnail above to see transcription from 1936 recording by Kabara singing
Lullaby from Songs Between Words;
Kabara’s Lullaby, commissioned by soprano Lourdes Ambriz and bass Luis Antonio Rojas. Premiered Mexico, 2008. Recorded on CD Cuerpo del Verano (Quindecim  192). Part transcription, part composition of a song in Kul!khasi, a lost African language;
Lullaby for a Motherless Child commissioned by Frances M Lynch and premiered in 2008;

Listen to Lourdes Ambriz and bass Luis Antonio Rojas perform Kabara's Lullaby (Quindecim recording)

Songs Between Words


Book 1 Solo Voice

Anthem

represents a specific collective and cultural perspective

Aubade

morning song

Ballad

relates a story

Barcarole

boating song

Blues

traditional song of protest and complaint

Lament

related and purges loss

Lullaby

communicates security and sleepfulness to children

Patter Song

exploits an abundance of words and syllables

Prothalamium

proclaims a forthcoming wedding

Resistance Song

expresses dissent

Serenade

evening song

Threnody

lament, a wailing song

 Book 2 Ensembles - two or more voices

Ain,dzo,flu…

trio: three voices

Singing vs. speaking

The Argument

duo: soprano and baritone

A man and woman agree to disagree

The Contest

duo: actor & baritone

a duel

DoTraKwa

trio: soprano, mezzo and baritone

a ritual which leaves men out in the cold

Echo (and Narcissus)

duo: soprano and mezzo

Echo is condemned to repeat the phrases of his beloved, never to intitiate any communication

GaGaGu

trio: soprano, mezzo and baritone

babytalk I

Oinamanga

duo: mezzo and baritone

dance for tongues

Oniomio

duo: soprano & mezzo

a song of intimacy between two women

Perpetuum Mobile

any number of voices

A song for breathless dancers

Shabada

trio: soprano, mezzo and baritone

bee-bop

Titi Cron-Cron

trio: for soprano, mezzo and baritone

babytalk II

Turuboo

trio: for soprano, mezzo and baritone

middle European folk-dance

  Book 3 - solos and ensembles

The Boss

Duo

The Boss Lectures the Underling

Counting Them Off

Trio

Supremacy by Numbers

Kabara’s Lullaby

Solo

A Final Lullaby

The Lecture

How to Influence People

The Lesson

Duo

A Technical Dispute

Lullaby: scena

Solo

Lullaby for a Motherless Child

Maoweni

Septet

A Paean

Oniomio with Solo

Trio

Intimacy between two women, with a third

Song I for St. Vitus

SSAATTBB

A Celebration

Song II for St. Vitus

SATB

An Osculatory Canticle

Song III for St. Vitus

Mixed voices

Viti Chorea Sancti

     Book 4

 (Under Construction)

Sample Songs:

Turuboo (trio)

Echo (and Narcissus)

Argument (duo)

Barcarole (solo)

Blues (solo)

Oinamanga (trio)

The emotions in Paul Barker's 'Songs between Words' (i.e. no words) were less restrained, varying from gentle to funny to terrifying, and this was a dramatic tour de force, all built on the way we never quite seem to understand our partners. The Orcadian Oct 16, 2003

The Thief of Songs I
Four of the full set in a version for mezzo and singing bowls;
premiere 10.88.
Ca 12 mins
The Thief of Songs II
Song-cycle for mezzo, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion.
Commissioned by Lontano, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez, sung by Maria Huesca.
Premiere 11.2.92, St John Smith's Square. Ca 20 mins.
The mezzo Maria Huesca was the flamboyant soloist in this raw, vigorous cycle drawn from poems in nahuatl, the language of the aztecs...  The Independent
The Thief of Songs III
Three of the above recomposed for mezzo and piano.
Recorded on CD Turquoise Swans (Sargasso SCD 28035)

Three Songs for Sylvia Commissioned by London Festival Orchestra with funds from Southern Arts. Premiere Bristol Cathedral, 1.7.94, Sarah Leonard, cond Ross Pople Poems by Sylvia Plath, ca 17 mins. Broadcast on Classic FM.Version for Piano and voice recorded by Sarah Leonard and the composer on Sargasso SCD28035

Some Dirty Tricks
Three arias for soprano and piano transcribed from the opera Dirty Tricks,
premiered in Mexico City 2000, by Sarah Leonard with Paul Barker.
Recorded on CD Turquoise Swans (Sargasso SCD 28035).
excerpts here:

Aria: She SIngs and Comforts Them

Excpt: She Sings and Seduces Them

Soprano Sarah Leonard with Paul Barker, piano (Sargasso Recording)

Songs Men Don't Hear
3 songs for mezzo and percussion
commissioned by the new music forum in Mexico, 2001
performed by Maria Huesca and Diego Espinoza.
Recomposed from the opera, The Marriages Between Zones 3, 4 & 5.

Songs Men Don't Hear

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