Songs of William F. Cody (2012)

Soprano and piano

I. How the West Was Won (text by Stacey Philipps)
II. Rough Riders of the West (text from period posters)
III. Buffalo Bill’s (text by e.e. cummings)

This song cycle explores the topics of humanity and mortality through the lens of the life of Buffalo Bill Cody, a hero as human and mortal as any of us. The cycle begins with a lullaby moving from infancy to adulthood, commenting on Cody’s path through life and on the question of heroism. The second song describes the internationally famous Wild West show of Buffalo Bill, which brought a taste of the American West around the world. The last song is an ironic and bittersweet look back at the life of this iconic figure.