Bronze by Gold Joyce on Piano Chamber Music

Features Artists

Albert, Stephen
To Wake the Dead; TreeStone; Symphony RiverRun, Flower of the Mountain, Sun's Heat & Ecce puer
Until his untimely death robbed America of one of her most promising young composers, Stephen Albert used the texts of Joyce as inspiration for numerous song cycles and a Pulitzer-prize winning symphony.

Arnaoudov, Gheorghi
FOOTNOTE (...und Isolde/ns Winkfall lassen...)
A Bulgarian composer of haunting, ritualistic music, FOOTNOTE is an "imaginary interlude" to Tristan und Isolde with a text based on Joyce's "Prayer."

Barber, Samuel
Nine Joyce Songs
This twentieth-century Romantic crafted nine songs based on Joyce texts, from Chamber Music poems to adaptations pulled from Finnegans Wake.

Berio, Luciano
Chamber Music; Thema: Ommagio a Joyce; Outis
Of the generation of Stockhausen and Cage, Berio was one of Italy's most talented and beloved avant-garde composers, and has taken Joyce as his muse for several pieces.

Boulez, Pierre
Third Piano Sonata; Répons
The inimitable French modernist composer and conductor credits Joyce as an inspiration for his spiralling, labyrinthine structures.

Cage, John
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs; Roaratorio; An Alphabet; Nowth Upon Nacht
"Wonderful Widow" and "Nowth" are songs adapted from Finnegans Wake. Roaratorio is a very interesting composition; it blends traditional Irish music with a constant barrage of sound effects inspired from the text, all woven around Cage's reading of lines from the Wake chosen to endlessly spell out the mesostic "JAMESJOYCE." An Alphabet is a radio play featuing James Joyce as a character.

Citkowitz, Israel
Five Songs from "Chamber Music"
(1930) For voice and piano. (Planned for the future.)

Del Tredici, David
Four Songs on Poems of James Joyce; Two Songs on Poems of James Joyce; I Hear an Army; Night Conjure-Verse; Syzygy
Winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize, this American Neo-Romantic tapped Joyce for several works before turning to Lewis Carroll as a muse.

Finney, Ross Lee
Chamber Music
A student of Alban Berg, this composer set the whole Chamber Music cycle of poems to music in the early fifties.

Heller, Alfred
Chamber Music
This American composer/pianist is a protégé of Heitor Villa-Lobos, and has recently released recorded his settings of the entire Chamber Music cycle.

Lauer, Elizabeth
Seven Songs on Poems of James Joyce
An American composer of chamber music and songs, Lauer set a few poems from "Chamber Music" to piano and mezzo-soprano.

Lerdahl, Fred
For soprano, harp, string trio, and percussion, this very unusual piece of "post-Schoenbergian atonal romanticism" takes text from the ALP chapter of Finnegans Wake and arranges it to encompass the whole of the Wake.

Luening, Otto
Joyce songs
An American who befriended Joyce in Zurich, Luening -- who later pioneered electronic music and co-founded the CRI label -- set a few of Joyce's texts to songs. (Planned for the future)

Machover, Tod
Soft Morning, City!; VALIS
Composer, inventor, and professor at MIT, Machover is one of America's most innovative composers. Soft Morning, City! is scored for soprano, double bass and electronics, and incorporates text from the Wake. VALIS is a "computer opera" based on the Philip K. Dick novel, included for "Libyrinthian" interest.

Marsh, Roger
Not a Soul but Ourselves...
A professor at York, Marsh based this piece for voice and amplification on the ALP chapter of Finnegans Wake.

Mendes, Gilberto
Ulysses in Copacabana Surfing with James Joyce and Dorothy

This Brazilian composer studied under Boulez and Stockhausen, but was influenced by Villa-Lobos and bossa nova. He certainly wins the award for the best Joycean title!

Rands, Bernard
Canti Lunatici
This labyrinthine work for text, voice, and music from the Pulitzer Prize winning Rand features Joyce's lunar poem, "Simples." (Planned for the future)

Reynolds, Roger
Voicespace III: "Eclipse"
Another Pulizer Prize winner, Reynolds made this 1979 composition for voice and tape, using texts by Issa, Melville, Stevens, Joyce, Borges, and García Márquez.

Rosenblum, Mathew
An eclectic and non-traditional American composer, Rosenblum's Maggies is a Wake-inspired piece that combines live instrumental music with ambient sounds and pre-recorded texts by Barthelme, Lish, and a pastiche of the Wake by Roger Zahab.

Takemitsu, Toru
A way a lone; Far calls. Coming, far!; A way a lone II; Riverrun
One of Japan's greatest composers, Takemitsu wrote several works mining the first-and-last paragraph of Finnegans Wake for inspiration.

Victory, Gerard
Symphony No. 2, "Il Ricorso"; Five Songs of James Joyce; Six Epiphanies of the Author: A Symphonic Study in Memory of James Joyce
This Irish composer served as RTE's Director of Music, and many of his compositions are based on Irish themes or poetry, including these two Joycean works.

Zimmerman, Bernd Alois
"Requiem for a Young Poet"
According to O.B. Bassler, this piece "makes extensive use of texts from Joyce," and it has recently been reissued. (Planned for the future)

Other Artists
These are artists who have created Joycean works that remain, to the best of my knowledge, unreleased on CD.

Bridge, Frank (1879-1941)
According to the Lied and Song Texts Page, this is a setting of "Poem V" from Chamber Music.

Ireland, John (1879-1962)
"Tutto è sciolto"
According to the Lied and Song Texts Page, this song is a setting of Joyce's poem "Tutto è Sciolto" from Pomes Penyeach.

Hynes, Michael
"The Softest Morning"
A Canadian composer, Michael Hynes has written several works around Joycean themes. The Softest Morning is based on the last 19 lines of the ALP monologue from Finnegans Wake, and 4four, written for two pianos, is based on the occurance of "mamalujo" in the Wake. (Thanks to "???")

New Millennium Ensemble
"H.C.E. - Here Comes Everybody"
This CD is a collection of works by such modern composers as John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Richard Festinger as played by the New Millennium Ensemble. Other than the name, which is from Finnegans Wake, there are no other Joycean connections, and the music is not Joyce related. You can view the HCE CD at

Searle, Humphrey (1915 - 1982)
"Two Songs from Chamber Music"
"The Riverrun"
A British composer influenced by the Second Viennese School, Searle set two of Joyce's poems to music in 1935 and composed The Riverrun in 1954, a piece for speaker and orchestra that uses text from Finnegans Wake.

Sullivan, Timothy
"A Soft and Golden Fire"
A Canadian composer, Tim Sullivan has composed four songs for voice, flute and harp, their texts compiled from Chamber Music. They premiered at the Elora Festival, August 2, 1996. (Thanks to Tate for this.)

Szymanowski, Karol (1882 - 1937)
"Four Songs, Opus 54"
Four Chamber Music songs (Poems: XXVIII, XXXIV, V, and XIV) dating from 1926 and set for voice and piano. According to Bob Williams, there was an LP recording of these on the Polske Nagriana label. However, Bob also notes: "Not recommended. The singer obviously knows no English and is heavily (and comically) phonetic."

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