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Bawd Ballads and Other Songs By Seymour Barab

by Mary Hubbell

Songs of the late Seymour Barab, whom the New York Times described as, "a composer known for his whimsical chamber operas on such stirring subjects as passion, poison and pizza...a skilled melodist...he did readily send up his musical forebears."
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1. The Rivals: I. The Daisies
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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2. The Rivals: II. The Rose in the Wind
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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3. The Rivals: III. The Hawk
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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4. The Rivals: IV. The Rivals
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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5. Bawd Ballads: I. Sylvia and Cupid
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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6. Bawd Ballads: II. Dick and Rose
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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7. Bawd Ballads: III. Coridon and Phyllis
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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8. Bawd Ballads: IV. Priest and Penitent
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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9. Bawd Ballads: V. He and She
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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10. Bawd Ballads: VI. Strephon and Chloe
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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11. Bawd Ballads: VII. Miss Jane
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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12. Bawd Ballads: VIII. Elle et lui
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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13. Bawd Ballads: IX. A Man and a Maid
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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14. Bawd Ballads: X. A Lady
Mary Hubbell, Jesse Mills, Jessica Troy & Dave Eggar
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15. Parodies: I. I'll Never Go to Macy's
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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16. Parodies: II. Miss Lucy
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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17. Parodies: III. I Was Standing On the Corner
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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18. Parodies: IV. Poor Old Lady
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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19. Parodies: V. Charlie Chaplin
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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20. Parodies: VI. Spanish Dancer
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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21. The Song Maker: I. The Song Maker
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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22. The Song Maker: II. Three Words
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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23. The Song Maker: III. Snow Song
Mary Hubbell & Brent Funderburk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Seymour Barab, a composer known for his whimsical chamber operas on such stirring subjects as passion, poison and pizza, died on June 28 in Manhattan. He was 93.

His wife, Margie King Barab, confirmed his death.

Originally renowned as a cellist, Mr. Barab was a lifelong champion of contemporary music. He was a founding member of the Composers String Quartet, established in the mid-1960s with the violinists Matthew Raimondi and Anahid Ajemian and the violist Bernard Zaslav.

The quartet, based for many years at Columbia University, was renowned for performing the work of 20th-century American composers like Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt and Ruth Crawford Seeger.

As a composer, Mr. Barab was most famous for vocal works, including settings of texts by writers as diverse as Dryden, Yeats and Kurt Vonnegut. Recordings of his vocal music include the “Cosmos Cantata” for singers and chamber orchestra, with text by Vonnegut.

Mr. Barab was especially well known for composing operas. Those on serious subjects include the full-length works “Philip Marshall,” a retelling of Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot,” set in the Reconstruction-era American South, and “A Piece of String,” based on the Guy de Maupassant story about false accusation and a man’s undoing.

But he was still more widely known for lighter one-act works whose accessibility, tunefulness and economy of scale made them among the most frequently performed operas in the world. With humorous librettos by Mr. Barab and casts ranging in size from a single singer to a half-dozen, they are perennial favorites of college, semiprofessional and regional companies.

Among those works — the plot synopses are Mr. Barab’s own — are the two-character opera “Passion in the Principal’s Office” (“Our 8-year-old heroine and 9-year-old hero, compounding their ignorance of the facts of life, believe that marriage will be the solution to their problems”) and the Italian-opera satire “La Pizza Con Funghi” (“Voluptua is in love with Scorpio. In order to be free to marry him, she plans to poison her husband, Count Formaggio. Her maid, Phobia, warns the Count of his wife’s duplicity. For this show of loyalty, she must lose her life. Eventually, of course, so must all the other members of the cast”).

Mr. Barab also wrote many operas for children, including adaptations of “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella” and “Snow White” and a Christmas opera, “Father of the Child.”

Seymour Barab was born in Chicago on Jan. 9, 1921. At 13, he was playing the organ professionally in church; because his high school orchestra needed a cellist, he took up that instrument as a teenager. He went on to play in the Indianapolis and San Francisco Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, the CBS Symphony Orchestra and the Galimir Quartet, among other ensembles.

Mr. Barab, who was also an accomplished viola da gamba player, helped found the early-music ensemble that became New York Pro Musica.

His other compositions include a wide array of instrumental works and “Songs of Perfect Propriety,” vocal settings of poems by Dorothy Parker.

Mr. Barab’s first marriage, to Shirley Perle, was annulled; his second, to Mary Ann Fretz Giusti, ended in divorce. Besides his wife, Margie, whom he married in 1972, his survivors include their daughter, Sarah Barab; a son, Jesse; and a daughter, Miriam Barab, from his second marriage; and two grandchildren.

A longtime Manhattan resident, Mr. Barab formerly taught composition at Black Mountain College, the New England Conservatory of Music and Rutgers University.

Though as a composer he was largely self-taught, Mr. Barab was such a skilled melodist that he could — and did — readily send up his musical forebears. Among his best-known works in the genre is “Parodies,” a song cycle with texts culled from children’s jump-rope rhymes.

The cycle includes one number, “Miss Lucy,” in the style of Donizetti; another, “I Was Standing on the Corner,” à la Hugo Wolf; and still another, a tragic tale, in the style of Handel, of retailing gone horribly wrong: “I’ll Never Go to Macy’s.”

(c) New York Times

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