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   Albums, Song Cycles & Songs

All albums are available for purchase and downloading at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon.com and most digital outlets.

Click here to purchase or download any of the the CDs at the above outlets via links at Louis' Store

 

 

 

I. Albums

 PHENOMENAL WOMAN:

The Maya Angelou Songs

11 Songs and 4 "Songs Without Words"

Music Composed, Arranged & Conducted by Louis Rosen

Lyrics by Maya Angelou

Vocals: Capathia Jenkins

 (2018, Part III of The Black Loom Trilogy)

 Coming October 26, 2018

 

 

DUST TO DUST BLUES

14 songs 

 

Music and Lyrics by Louis Rosen

(3 songs in collaboration with Thom Bishop)

 

(2017)

 

"These two recordings, Dust to Dust Blues and Act One: Piano Music from the Theater, further solidify his outstanding reputation. Each is a considerable musical achievement and enters the literature of musical art with the fanfare and heraldry that accompanies important musical documents." (JazzdaGama)

Chosen by WFMT's legendary radio program, "The Midnight Special," as CD OF THE WEEK of 12-16-17 

Read More about "DUST TO DUST BLUES"

 

 

ACT ONE:

Piano Music from the Theater

Music by Louis Rosen

 

 

Including

Act One Suite: in Six Parts for Solo Piano

 

 

 (2017)

 

THE BEST OF BROADWAY (And Off-) 2017 (12/18/17) "Exquisitely played by several different pianists and intimately recorded, these works taken together have the fleeting, transportive power of études by Chopin or Debussy; I find myself listening to them again and again…" (Deadline Hollywood) 

 

"Each and every piece on ACT ONE is immensely evocative...A highly pleasurable CD showcasing diverse influences, talent, and imagination.... I recommend listening with eyes closed.” (The New York Press Club Award Winning website, “Woman Around Town.) 

Read more about ACT ONE: Piano Music from the Theater

 

 

 

DREAM SUITE

Songs in Jazz and Blues on poems by

Langston Hughes

music by 

Louis Rosen

 featuring 

Capathia Jenkins & Alton Fitzgerald White 

(2016, Part I of The Black Loom Trilogy)

 "Rosen has respectfully taken the work of one of the earliest practitioners of jazz poetry and created symbiosis so organic, it's difficult to believe the two artists didn't work together; songs that reflect comprehension so visceral, Rosen slips a knot of race and history to reach the universal.

"Dream Suite, also a newly minted CD, is comprised of 14 songs derived from 21 poems spanning from the 1920's through the 1950's.... Like those in Porgy and Bess, the songs arrive full blooded and black, hybrid American opera--here without libretto." (Alix Cohen, Broadwayworld.com)

"Exuberant!'' Bloomberg News

Read More about DREAM SUITE

Watch VIDEO performances of songs from DREAM SUITE

 

 

 

TIME WAS

Music and Lyric Adaptations by

Louis Rosen

Lyrics drawn or adapted from poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson, William Butler Yeats, Sara Teasdale, Langston Hughes, Alice Cary, Madison Cawein, William Stanley Braithwaite, John Erskine and Lord Byron

TIME WAS marked Louis' debut as a solo recording artist on

 

™ (2013)

 

"Elegant tunesmith Louis Rosen's latest album, “Time Was”... is gorgeous. And magnificently produced. The sense of urgency is palpable." (Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News)

READ MORE about TIME WAS

 Watch VIDEO performances of songs from TIME WAS

 

 

 THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY

Music & Lyrics by

Louis Rosen

(four songs on poetry by Nikki Giovanni)

Vocals by Capathia Jenkins

Additional vocals by Louis Rosen

 

 (2009)

 

"Highbrow—Brilliant.” (New York Magazine)

"Music that stirs the soul.”  (Huffington Post) 

   “An ambitious release … image-rich lyrics … romantic numbers are smart and sexy … protest tunes that carry real bite.” (itunes Review)

 

READ MORE about "THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY"

 

LISTEN to songs from "THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY"

 

 Watch a VIDEO performance of THE MIDDLE CLASS (USED TO BE) BLUES from THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY"

 

 

 

 

   ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH:

The Nikki Giovanni Songs 

Music by Louis Rosen

Poetry by Nikki Giovanni

 Vocals by Capathia Jenkins

 

 

(PS Classics Records, 2008, Part Three of The Black Loom Trilogy)

 (2015)

"The songs are sly, playful observations...of life and love. Mr. Rosen’s music is a continually shifting patchwork of blues, folk, jazz and pop as earthy, tuneful art song.”  (NY Times)

 “...a blissful collaboration of composer, singer and poet… Rosen [as] songwriter charts an irresistible landscape between pop music and art song.” Bloomberg News

 “The CD is sophisticated and thrilling, a true treat for adults looking for meaningful pop music.” Edge Magazine, New York

READ MORE about ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH

 

LISTEN to songs from ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH

 

 

  SOUTH SIDE STORIES

Music & Lyrics by Louis Rosen

Vocals by Capathia Jenkins

& Louis Rosen

 

Rosecap/ (2006)

 

"Rosen...has created a fine and sometimes somber portrait of heartbreak and survival, joy and its absence, and love that endures even when the objects of that love are long vanished."  (Chicago Tribune)

"I've never been so seduced by music completely new to me yet as embraceable as any from the classic American songbook.” (Bloomberg News)

“The songs are as intelligent as they are soulful, appealing to the brain as much as the heart.” (Cabaret Scenes)

READ more about SOUTH SIDE STORIES

 

LISTEN to songs from SOUTH SIDE STORIES

 

 Watch a VIDEO performance of THE SOUTH SIDE from SOUTH SIDE STORIES

 

 

 

 

 II. Song Cycles

 

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

    six songs on words by Celso Gonzalez-Falla.

    Music by Louis Rosen

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

(Private Recording Available)

 

 

 

 

 A CHILD’S GARDEN SONG SUITE

(1994)

Ten songs on poems from “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson

  Music by Louis Rosen

  Premiere (excerpts): Weill Concert Hall, NY  2004. Vocalist: Phillip Officer

  (Private Recording Available)

 

 

  

 

   FIVE RIVERSONGS

(1985)

   Music by Louis Rosen

   on poems by Edgar Lee Masters

   for soprano and baritone and piano, 4 hands

  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

(Private Recording Available)

    

RIVERSONGS

(1980, revised 1984)

   Music by Louis Rosen 

   a choral, orchestral song cycle on poems by Edgar Lee Masters

 


 

    FOUR SONGS

(1983)

  Music by Louis Rosen

on poems by Carl Sandburg, Layle Silbert and Alena Synkova

  

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

(Private Recording Available)

 

 

III. Song Catalogue 

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