By and By

for string quartet + singer

for Abigail Lennox & the Hudson Quartet
11 March 2010
Greenwich House, NYC

24′


I’ve posted the full premiere recording below. But I’ve had a few chances since then to sing these songs myself, while playing in the quartet. Here’s a recording from last August (2012), up in Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachusetts (with Sage, Lorna, and Shay).

  Ill fly away

PREMIERE (Abigail Lennox with the Hudston Quartet, March 2010):

  Will there be any Stars in my Crown

  Angel Band

  Fifty Miles of Elbow Room

  O Death

  Ill fly away


I wrote this set of songs to play with some very good friends of mine one spring. They’re settings of lyrics from old gospel and bluegrass songs, but with a new melody (except for the occasional hint of the original) that follows conventions of both old time singing and medieval plainchant.