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Song Catalogue 

 

I. Albums & Song Cycles  

 

from SONGS WITHOUT WORDS

(2017)

Music by Louis Rosen

 

No. 1 - A Day Next Week

No. 2 - Dreamdust

No. 3 - Nonette

No. 4 - Trust Silence

No. 5 - Together

No. 6 - Her Trapeze

 

from I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING

(a song/recording project in-progress, 2016-2018)

Music & Lyrics by Louis Rosen (except where indicated)

 

When the Window is Open

Unknown Name, Unknown Number

The History of Friendship

Kathleen O’Toole (Lyric by Louis Rosen & Arthur Perlman)

Morning Soul (1973/2016)

Guru, Please Tell Me

Slow Goes the Night

What are the Odds? (Lyric by Louis Rosen & Arthur Perlman)

I Sing This Song for You

Then Came You

In the Hour of Her Leaving

My Third Act

I Don’t Know Anything

Limitless World

Lost in Love

 All songs Copyright 2016 by Louis Rosen, except "Kathleen O'Toole" and "What are the Odds?", Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 


from DUST TO DUST BLUES 

(2017)

 Music and Lyrics by Louis Rosen (except where indicated)

 

Dust to Dust Blues 

I Found You

Faith in Doubt

I've Seen This Movie

Peace With You (Music & Lyric by LR & Thom Bishop, 1975/2011)

Everything's For Sale

Every Soul (Music & Lyric by LR & Thom Bishop, 1975/2011)

Garden Days

Where are the Traces? (Music by LR, Lyric by Thom Bishop)

There For You

In Her Quiet Way

A Soft Place to Fall

The Left Side, Not the Right

Song for Charlotte (1993)

Not included on the album:

When I Lie Awake

Later Than Never

 

All Songs Copyright 2016 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP, or Louis Rosen & Thom Bishop, Lullwater Music ASCAP/Wireless Music, BMI.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 from TIME WAS 

 Music by Louis Rosen (and Lyric Adaptations as indicated)

 (2012 release, Di-tone Records)

 

 John Evereldown (words by Edwin Arlington Robinson) 

Time Was (words by Edwin Arlington Robinson, adapted by LR) 

The Host of the Air (words by William Butler Yeats) 

The Man Hunt (words Madison Cawein, adapted by LR) 

Silence ("Night Song of Amalfi," words by Sara Teasdale) 

Cabin in the Woods ("Carolina Cabin", words by Langston Hughes) 

Richard Cory (words by Edwin Arlington Robinson, adapted by LR) 

The Sea-Side Cave (words by Alice Cary, adapted by LR) 

The Song (words by John Erskine, adapted by LR) 

The Watchers (words by William Stanley Braithwaite) 

In the Valley of the Shadow (words by Edwin Arlington Robinson, adapted by LR) 

We'll Go No More A-Roving (words by Lord Byron)

Not included on the album:

Lulu (“Seeking Religion," words by A. Sterling Brown)  

Acquainted With the Night (words by Robert Frost) 

All Songs Copyright 2012 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.  

 

 

 from THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY  

 Music & Lyrics by Louis Rosen  (except as indicated) 

(2009 release, Di-Tone Records)

 

How You Gonna Save 'Em? (Poetry by Nikki Giovanni) 

I Want to Live to Love You 

The Ache of Possibility 

The Middle Class (Used to Be) Blues 

Winter Daze 

Love in Short Supply (“A Statement on Conservation,” Poetry by Nikki Giovanni) 

On That Day 

Choices (Poetry by Nikki Giovanni) 

I Need You 

Don’t Hold Me Back (Poetry by Nikki Giovanni)  

A Lover’s Melody 

Love of Song

 Not included on the album:

Maya is Illusion

A Poem of Friendship (Poetry by Nikki Giovanni) 

All Songs Copyright 2009 by Louis Rosen/Louis Rosen & Nikki Giovanni, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

  

 

from ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH: The Nikki Giovanni Songs

Music by Louis Rosen, Poetry by Nikki Giovanni 

(2008 release, PS Classics Records)

  

The World

 Telephone Song 

The Moon Shines Down 

I Wrote a Good Omelete  

At the Ball ("Convenient Haystacks") 

I Want to Sing 

You Were Gone 

All I Gotta Do 

Kiss a Frog 

The Black Loom ("The Genie in the Jar" for Nina Simone)

One Ounce of Truth 

That Day 

Things That Go Together

 All Songs Copyright 2008 by Louis Rosen & Nikki Giovanni, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 from SOUTH SIDE STORIES  

 Music & Lyrics by Louis Rosen

(2006 release, Rosecap/Di-Tone Records)

  

Lucky, Lucky Girl   

The South Side 

Troubled Children 

Mae’s Chevrolet 

South Side Blues 

Fast 

 When They Dance 

Family Business 

If I Were a Reincarnationist 

Many Ghosts at the Party 

The Peace That Comes 

Lullabye for Teddy 

 All Songs Copyright 2006 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

   from ELEVEN SONGS on Poems by Maya Angelou (2005)

Music by Louis Rosen

Premiere: The Public Theater’s Joe’s Pub, 2005. Vocalist—Capathia Jenkins (Private Recording)

   

Come, And Be My Baby 

They Went Home 

Preacher, Don’t Send Me 

 My Life Has Turned to Blue 

A Good Woman Feeling Bad 

No Loser, No Weeper 

 Poor Girl

When I Think About Myself

Alone 

Caged Bird 

Phenomenal Woman

 Cut from final version of cycle:

On a Bright Day, Next Week 

In a Time  

Music Copyright 2005 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved.

 


 

 from IT IS STILL DARK: Songs of Exile (“Songs for Sondra”) - (2003)

Lyrics by Celso Gonzalez-Falla

Premiere: Great Hall of Cooper Union, 2006. Vocalist—Darius de Haas


 

 I Live In My Own World 

Jade’s Song 

It is Still Dark

Emergency

It Was Jazz Music 

 What Do We Tell?

 All Songs Copyright 2003 by Louis Rosen and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

  from DREAM SUITE: Songs in Jazz and Blues (2002)

on poems by Langston Hughes

(2016 release, Di-Tone Records)

Premiere: Great Hall of Cooper Union, 2006. Vocalists—Alton Fitzgerald White & Capathia Jenkins; Pianist: Kim Grigsby. Tenth Anniversary concert: Birdland, 2016

 

 Harlem Night Song 

 Lullaby: For a Black Mother 

Life is Fine 

Song for Billie Holiday 

Exits

Love Song for Lucinda

Hurt

Juke Box Love Song

Dimout in Harlem 

 Soledad: A Cuban Portrait 

Blues at Dawn 

Monotony 

 Dream Suite

Gold and Brown (College Formal: Renaissance Casino)

Not included in final cycle:

Nonette

All Songs Copyright 2005 by Louis Rosen & Langston Hughes, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

TWO SONGS on Poems by EDGAR ALLAN POE

(2000/2014)

 

Annabel Lee

Eldorado

"Poe Songs" Copyright 2014 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

from A CHILD’S GARDEN SONG SUITE (1994) 

a song cycle on poems by Robert Louis Stevenson from “A Child’s Garden of Verses.”

 Music by Louis Rosen  

Private Recording, 1994, Vocalist Phillip Officer

 

 Introduction/The Swing 

My Shadow 

The Wind 

The Moon 

Land of Counterpane 

 Shadow March 

Escape At Bedtime 

Land of Nod 

Block City 

To Any Listener

 All Songs Copyright 1994 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

from FIVE RIVERSONGS (1985)

on poems by Edgar Lee Masters,

for soprano and baritone and piano, 4 hands.

Music by Louis Rosen  

Dual Premiere: The Museum of the City of New York and The Lincoln Center Library’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, 1985. Vocalists: Barbara Peters and Peter Stewart

 

Hare Drummer (duet version) 

Hortense Robbins

Andy the Nightwatch (solo version) 

 Pauline Barrett 

Fiddler Jones 

 All Songs Copyright 1980/85 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 

from RIVERSONGS, a choral song cycle on poems by Edgar Lee Masters (1980, revised 1984)

Music by Louis Rosen

  

 The Hill 

Hare Drummer

Jonathan Houghton 

 Edith Conant 

Lucinda Matlock 

Andy the Night Watch

 All Songs Copyright 1980/84 by Louis Rosen

 

 

from FOUR SONGS (1983)

 Music by Louis Rosen

Premiere: American Society for Jewish Music concert, 92nd Street Y, NY, 1985. Vocalist: Barbara Peters

 

 Red and White (Poem by Carl Sandburg) 

Lost (Poem by Carl Sandburg) 

 Round (Poem by Layle Silbert) 

To Olga (Poem by Alena Synkova)

 All Songs Copyright 1983 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 II. Songs from Musical Theater

 

from THE PEARL a musical theater piece (2010)

Music by Louis Rosen

Book and Lyrics by Arthur Perlman,

based on the John Steinbeck novella, “The Pearl” 

 

  Act I:

 Song of the Family 

My Little Coyotito

Pass Him By

Song of the Sea

Juana’s Song (Song of the Sea: Parts II and IV)

Song of the Pearl Divers (Song of the Sea: Part III)

Perfect as the Moon (Song of the Sea: Part V)

Pearl of the World

 I Can See

So It Will Begin

The Prayer

Song of Hiding/A Doctor Must Have Patience

Lullaby

 

Act II:

 The Morning of Mornings

What Is It Worth? (The Pearl Dealers’ Tango)

Not for Sale

 Monster of Strangeness

What I Do (For You)

Gone 

Fire

 The Wind Blows / Song of the Trackers 

Lullaby

Cut songs: Civilized Living  -  We Will Go  -  To the City  -  Pass Him By 

All Songs from "The Pearl"  Copyright 2011 by Louis Rosen & Arthur Perlman. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

from A CHILD’S GARDEN 

a musical theater piece (2000)

Music, Lyrics Adaptation & Co-Libretto by Louis Rosen

Co-Libretto by Arthur Perlman and Charlotte Maier (based on autobiographical writings and poems by Robert Louis Stevenson). Premiere: Melting Pot Theater, Off-Broadway, December 2000

 

 Prologue - Sing Me a Song 

 

 Morning:

The Swing 

Good and Bad Children 

Foreign Lands/Travel 

 

Afternoon:

 Home Is Home Here 

Pirate Story 

My Shadow 

The Wind 

Keepsake Mill 

 

Evening:

 The House Beautiful 

Autumn Fires 

Quintet: Land of Counterpane/Land of Story Books/Requiem 

 

Night:

Escape At Bedtime 

A Stormy Night Approaches 

Shadow March 

Windy Nights   

The Sick Child

 

Next Morning:

 Marching Song

To My Cousins / To Louis

Block City

 To Any Reader

Cut from final version:

Where Go the Boats?  

My Kingdom

Good Night

In Port

Armies in the Fire

All Songs from "A Child's Garden" Copyright 2000 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

from BOOK OF THE NIGHT 

musical theater piece (1991/1997)

Music by Louis Rosen

Lyrics by Thom Bishop and Louis Rosen (individually and collaboratively as indicated)

Additional Music by Thom Bishop (as indicated)

 Premiere: Goodman Theater (Mainstage), 1991. Revision Premiere: Greenwich Street Theater, Off-Broadway, 1997.

 

Part One:

 Opening—Rhythms of a Summer Night (Lyric by TB & LR) 

Seventeen On Mars (Lyric by TB & LR) 

 Saturday Night/Two Wishes (Lyric by LR) 

Women in Their Summer Dresses (Lyric by LR) 

 Covered By the Night (Lyric by TB & LR) 

Things That Go Bump In the Night (Lyric by TB & LR)

 Empty Arms Hotel (Lyric by TB & LR) 

Just Say Yes (Lyric by TB & LR) 

Alone Tonight (Lyric by LR) 

 North of the Border (Lyric by TB) 

 

Part Two:

Someone Else's Dream (Music & Lyric by TB)

Midnight Bar and Grill (Lyric by TB & LR) 

See You in the Dark (Lyric by TB & LR) 

Watching Her Sleep (Lyric by TB) 

Straight Soda With A Lemon Twist (Lyric by TB & LR)

Who’s This Stranger? (Lyric by TB & LR) 

Kill the Beast (Lyric by LR) 

Changing Channels (Lyric by TB & LR) 

Peace in the Night (Lyric by LR) 

Where It Goes When It's Gone (Music & Lyric by TB)

In the Dark Before the Dawn (Lyric by LR)


 
 Cut from final version:

When the Big Hand's on the Dozen (Music by LR, Lyric by TB & LR) 

Half the Bed (Music by LR, Lyric by TB & LR) 

On the Verge of Love (Music & Lyric by LR)

You All Remember Jack? (Music & Lyric by LR)

Dreams (Music by LR, Lyric by TB & LR) 

Never Is Now (Music by LR, Lyric by TB & LR) 

In the Middle of Nowhere (Music & Lyric by LR)

All songs from "Book of the Night" Copyright 1991/1997 by Louis Rosen & Thom Bishop, except "On the Verge of Love" and "In the Middle of Nowhere," Copyright 1991 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 from THE UGLY DUCKLING 

a one-act musical (1983/1984)

Music and Lyrics by Louis Rosen

Book by Alan Rosen, based on the play by A. A. Milne

Premiere: The Ann Arbor Summer Arts Festival, 1989

  

 She’s Nice 

Another Prince 

Happy Ever After 

Like a Princess 

 He Has Secrets 

Everyone Was Fooled 

A Wedding Today

 All songs from "The Ugly Duckling" Songs Copyright 1984 by Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

   

 

III. Selected Miscellaneous Songs

Music and Lyrics by Louis Rosen (unless otherwise indicated)


 

TWO BY GEORGE: Mountain Shadows, Green Sexology (Poems by George Petty, 2008)

Copyright 2008 by Louis Rosen & George Petty. All Rights Reserved. 

 

Invitation to GG (for Gerry Gutierrez’s memorial service, text adapted by LR from a poem by Elizabeth Bishop, 2004) 

So Good (1985)

Running Away (from the musical, “Bagtime." Lyric by Thom Bishop, 1979)

Love Me a Little Tonight (1977) 

I Don't Mind It (1977)

A Quiet Place (1977)

Start to Stop Loving You (Music & Lyric by Thom Bishop & LR, 1977)

Bundle of Grief (Music & Lyric by Thom Bishop & LR, 1975)

Every Soul's a Circus (Music & Lyric by Thom Bishop & LR, 1975/2011)

Strange and Changing Love (Music by LR, Lyric by Thom Bishop & LR, 1975/2011)

Ages Since the Last Time (1975)

Two Daydreams Behind (1975) 

Still Another Lullaby (1973)

Open Wings (1972)

(and dozens more affectionately -- and some not so affectionately -- forgotten…)

 All Songs © Louis Rosen, Lullwater Music, ASCAP, or Louis Rosen & Thom Bishop, Lullwater Music, ASCAP and Wireless Music, BMI.  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

IV. Songs from Plays (selected)

  

 from PEER GYNT

 by Henrik Ibsen(translated by Kenneth McLeish)

Music by Louis Rosen

The Shakespeare Theater, Washington, D.C., 1998, directed by Michael Kahn

  

Peer’s Song 

Song of the Herdgirls 

Song of the Thieves 

The Lord Has Come 

Winter and Spring 

The Feast is Set 

Solveig’s Lullaby

 "Peer Gynt" songs, Music Copyright 1998 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved.

  

 

 from AS YOU LIKE IT

by William Shakespeare

Music by Louis Rosen

The Shakespeare Theater, Washington, D.C., 1997, directed by Laurence Boswell

 

Under The Greenwood Tree

Blow, Blow Thy Winter Wind 

What Shall He Have That Killed the Deer? 

A Lover and His Lass 

Wedding Song

 "As You Like It" songs, Copyright 1997 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved.

  

 

from MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN

 by Bertolt Brecht, translation by Haniff Kureishi

Music by Louis Rosen

The Shakespeare Theater, Washington, D.C., 1993, directed by Michael Kahn

  

 Song of Mother Courage

 Song of the Woman and the Soldier

Song of Fraternisation 

Song of the Hours 

Song of the Great Capitulation (Translation Adaptation by LR) 

Song of the Soldier 

Song of Mother Courage II 

Song of Great Men 

Song of Shelter (Translation by LR) 

Lullabye (Translation by LR)

  Music for "Mother Courage and Her Children" songs, Copyright 1993 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved. 

 

 

 from THE WINTER'S TALE

 by William Shakespeare   

Music by Louis Rosen

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, 1992, directed by Doug Hughes; and The Court Theater, Chicago, 1978, directed by Michael Maggio

 

 When Daffodils Begin to Peer 

Come Buy 

Will You Buy Any Cake?

 "The Winter's Tale" songs Copyright 1978 & 1992 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved.

  

 

 from TWELFTH NIGHT

 by William Shakespeare

Music by Louis Rosen

 Seattle Repertory Theater, 1991, directed by Doug Hughes

  

 O Mistress Mine 

Come Away, Death 

I Am Gone, Sir 

 The Wind and the Rain 

 "Twelfth Night" songs Copyright 1991 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved.

  

 

 from A CHRISTMAS CAROL

 by Charles Dickens, adapted by David Thompson

Music by Louis Rosen

 McCarter Theater, Princeton, 1991-99, directed by Scott Ellis

 

 Wake, Awake 

Christmas Brings Joy

 "A Christmas Carol" songs Copyright 1991 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved.

   

 

from THE TEMPEST

by William Shakespeare

Music by Louis Rosen

Goodman Theater, Chicago, 1987, directed by Robert Falls

 

Come Unto These Yellow Sands 

Full Fathom Five 

Sleep Song 

Wedding Song 

Where the Bee Sucks

 "The Tempest" songs Copyright 1987 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved. 

 

 

 from GALILEO

by Bertolt Brecht, translation by Adrian Hall and James Schevill

Music by Louis Rosen

Goodman Theater, Chicago, 1986, directed by Robert Falls

 

On the Joy of Beginning 

Scene Ten: The Horrendous Doctrine and Teaching of Galileo Galilei 

The Bishop and the Tailor 

Epilogue of the Scientists

 "Galileo" Music Copyright 1986 by Louis Rosen. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 from THESMOPHORIASOUZAE: Ladies’ Day

by Aristophanes, translation by D. Nicholas Rudall

Music by Louis Rosen

Court Theater, Chicago, 1977, directed by D. Nicholas Rudall

 

 Prologue (Words by Jonathan Abarbanel)

Prayer 

Light the Torches

Song to Athena 

Song to Bacchus

All Songs Copyright 1977 by Louis Rosen and D. Nicholas Rudall. All Rights Reserved.