for tenor and piano
Instrumentation: tenor and piano
Text by Kenny Berkowitz and Bridget Meeds
Written for Paul Sperry
Premiere: American Modern Ensemble, Paul Sperry, tenor, Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano, Tenri Cultural Institute of NYC, April 16, 2005
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Batter's Box is my second song cycle written in collaboration with Bridget Meeds, a poet, and Kenny Berkowitz, a journalist. The first project we worked on together was Thursday, a song cycle for soprano and piano in which the text consists of fictitious answering machine messages. This time, we specifically decided to tackle a subject that we thought might entice people into the concert hall who might not normally attend classical concerts. The text is loosely based on the life of baseball giant Mike Piazza of the New York Mets. Each movement represents a different phase of the game, and Piazza’s thoughts of his father tie everything together. However, overall, I interpret this cycle as being less about Piazza the individual and more about the all-American baseball player.