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At a Loss of Innocence

Tenor Brian Giebler and pianist Steven McGhee have been friends and musical collaborators since meetings as students at the University of Michigan in 2010. After their 2012 performance of Ivor Gurney’s piano quintet arrangement of Ludlow and Teme in Ann Arbor, the pair have wanted a chance to return to the work. Together, they have created At a Loss of Innocence, a song recital featuring works composed primarily within a twenty-year time period at the beginning of the 20th century, all by male, English composers and poets including Gurney, Benjamin Britten, A.E. Housman, W.H. Auden, and John Ireland. Loss is at the center of these songs, whether due to war, forbidding social policies, the passage of time, or inaction. 

The  Music

  1. In An Arbour Green (1922) | Peter Warlock, poetry by Robert Wever

  2. Ludlow and Teme (1923) | Ivor Gurney, poetry by A. E. Housman

    1. When smoke stood up from Ludlow

    2. Far in a Western Brookland

    3. ‘Tis time, I think, by Wenlock Town

    4. Ludlow Fair

    5. On the Idle Hill of Summer

    6. When I was One and Twenty

    7. The Lent Lily

  3. In Flanders (1917) | Ivor Gurney, poetry by F. W. Harvey

  4. Love’s Philosophy (1905) | Roger Quilter, poetry by Percy B. Shelley

  5. Ladslove (1920) | John Ireland, poetry by A. E. Housman

  6. We’ll to the Woods no More (1927) | John Ireland, poetry by A. E. Housman

    1. We’ll to the Woods no More

    2. In Boyhood

    3. Spring will not wait (piano solo)

  7. Fish in the Unruffled Lakes (1937-1941) | Benjamin Britten, poetry by W. H. Auden

    1. To lie flat on the back

    2. Night covers up the rigid land

    3. Fish in the unruffled lakes

    4. The sun shines down

    5. What’s in your mind?

    6. Underneath the abject willow

  8. Canticle II: "Abraham and Isaac". Op. 51 | Benjamin Britten

About the Artists

Pianist Steven McGhee works in the genres of art song and opera as a coach,
collaborative pianist and conductor. He is the artistic director and principal
conductor for Detroit’s Opera MODO, and a founder of The Art Song Doctors.
Recent recital appearances include The Yale Institute for British Art, the
Casement Fund Song Series in New York, the Cleveland Art Song Festival, and
the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England. He has served on the faculties
of Long Island University, New York University, Madonna University and the
University of Michigan, where he earned his doctorate in collaborative piano as a
student of Martin Katz.

Katie Hyun (violin) has performed as soloist with NOVUS Trinity Wall Street, the Houston Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Columbia Festival Orchestra, as well as the Busan Sinfonietta and Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea. The founder and director of Quodlibet Ensemble, which released its debut recording in 2014, she was also a founding member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet, which was a member of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two. On the Baroque violin, she frequently appears with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Helicon Foundation, and New York Baroque Incorporated. She holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, SUNY Stonybrook, and the Yale School of Music.

Bios Coming Soon:

Ben Russell - Violin

Jessica Meyer - Viola

Michael Katz - Cello

Reggie Mobley - Countertenor

Donate to the Project

This project has been fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit public charity. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

How Your Donation Helps

A project of this magnitude requires a significant amount of money. There are 7 world-class musicians, plus a producer and recording engineer, committing their time and talents to record these works. And there are a ton of smaller invisible costs—such as food on recording days, hotels, and transportation. This project cannot happen without your support. 


What Do You Get

We have a plethora of perks and incentives for donating to our project, including an early-release copy of the disk, a private house concert with Brian and Steve, a chance to sponsor an individual artist, and the unique opportunity to get a specific song recorded just for YOU!

Perks by Donation Level 

$3000 - Private House Concert (date and location to be agreed upon)

$1500 - Sponsor a Specific Artist 
$1200 - Personal ‘Song of Choice’ Recording
(following perks are cumulative)
$600 - Pair of Tickets to CD Launch Concert/Party (tentatively planned for Spring 2020 in NYC; travel and accommodations not included)
$250 - Video Thank-You from the Artists

$100 - Signed Copy of CD

$50 - Early-Release Copy of CD

$30 - Early Digital-Release of One Track

$15 - Donor Listing in CD Booklet

Please be in touch if you would like any more information about this project, and how you can help to make it a reality! 

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