NAME: Chris DeBlasio

BIRTH DATE/LOCATION:
February 22, 1959, West Long Branch, New Jersey

DEATH DATE/LOCATION:
July 21, 1993, New York, New York

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Chris DeBlasio
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  • IDENTIFICATION AND BIO:
    Composer, Pianist

    New York University
    Manhattan School of Music

    Principal teachers: John Corigliano, Giampaolo Bracale

    WORKS:

    SONG CYCLES

    All The Way Through Evening
    for: baritone and piano (or baritone and orchestra)
    date: 1990
    poetry: Perry Brass
         The Disappearance of Light
         Train Station
         An Elegy to Paul Jacobs
         Poussin
         Walt Whitman in 1989 (see also separate listing below)
    published: Classical Vocal Reprints (piano version)
      orchestral score and parts available by rental through Harry Huff
    premiere: Michael Dash, baritone, Chris DeBlasio, piano, Benson Series, Downtown Music Productions, New York 12/2/90.
    recorded:
    Michael Dash, baritone, Chris DeBlasio, piano, And Trouble Came: Musical Responses to AIDS, Musicians Accord, CRI CD 729 (1996).
    Gilles Denizot, baritone, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano, Sudden Sunsets: Highlights from the Benson Series, Downtown Music Productions, Leonarda Records LE 354 (forthcoming).

    Walt Whitman in 1989
         from All The Way Through Evening
         from The AIDS Quilt Songbook (original version 1992)
    for: baritone and piano
    date: 1990
    published: The AIDS Quilt Songbook, Boosey & Hawkes (1993)
    recorded (independent of All The Way Through Evening):
    Michael Dash, baritone, Chris DeBlasio, piano, Gay American Composers, CRI CD 721 (1996).
    S. Sylvan, baritone, D. Breitman, piano, The AIDS Quilt Songbook, Harmonia Mundi HMN 907602 (1994).
    R. Osborne, baritone, H. Huff, piano, Tom Bogdan: L'Amour Bleu, Poppy Records (1999).
    B. Kent, baritone, J. Jensen, piano, Heartbeats: New Songs from Minnesota for the AIDS Quilt Songbook, Innova No. 500 (1994).

    In Endless Ascent
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1991
         Anaphora
         Insomnia
         Sonnet (1928)
         Letter to New York
    text: poetry by Elizabeth Bishop
    published: Classical Vocal Reprints
    recorded: Tom Bogdan, tenor, Harry Huff, piano, Tom Bogdan: L'Amour Bleu, Poppy Records (1999).

    Villagers
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1989
         Paris (Ilsa Gilbert)
         The Heart Does Not Care (Perry Brass)
         Butcher (Ilsa Gilbert)
         Rushes (Ilsa Gilbert)
         Lyric 4 (Perry Brass)
    published: Classical Vocal Reprints
    recorded ("Butcher"): Veronica Burke, soprano, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano, Sudden Sunsets: Highlights from the Benson Series, Downtown Music Productions, Leonarda Records LE 354 (forthcoming).

    See also Opera: Whatever You Say, He Sings (An Opera Scena)

    CABARET SONGS

    Better Things To Do and Four Other Songs
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1986
         Better Things To Do
         To A Friendly Neighbor
         Sailors
         Riverside
         A Letter from Barb
    text: ?

    Bores and Four Other Cabaret Songs
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1983
         Bores
         Three Double Dactyls
         The Skater's Waltz
         Tourists
         Horror Movie
    text: ?

    By the River and Three Other Songs
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1990
         By the River
         Beside You On My Own
         To A Friendly Neighbor
         I Saw In Louisiana

    Geography: A Song and Eight Other Songs
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1986
         Geography: A Song
         Small Elegy
         Waltz: Down At The Docks
         The Writer At The End Of The Bar
         Cats And Dogs (A Study in Race Relations)
         Pavane: The East Side
         Song For Two Assistants
         Adolescent's Song
         Romantic Love: A Footnote
    text: ?

    I Want That Happy Ending Now and Four Other Theater Songs
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1986
         I Want That Happy Ending Now
         The Old Whore's Song
         Maybe We'll Make It
         Staten Island Blues
         Where Is The Girl?
    text: ?

    Instant Lives
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1984 (song titles unknown)
    text: based on poetry and prose of Howard Moss
    note: intended as a musical theater work but never produced.

    Mary's Song and Three Other Theater Songs
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1982
         Mary's Song
         Chicago
         Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
         Hiding
    text: ?

    A Rented Sail and Seven Other Songs
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1986
         A Rented Sail
         The Gross And The Net
         A Ship Going Down
         A Swim Off The Rocks
         Tango: The South Bronx (Howard Moss)
         A Song Struck From the Records
         Circle
         Companies
    text: ?
    recorded: "Tango: The South Bronx," Chris DeBlasio, baritone, Chris Berg, piano, Tellus #16 (cassette)

    The Things To Do and Seven Other Songs
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1986
         The Thing To Do
         Suicide Soliloquy
         What A Man Must Do
         The Best Of Circles
         You Mustn't Have A Bonbon, Auntie
         No More Than I Deserve
         A Memory And A Sign
         The Bigger The Bomb, The Better
    text: ?
    note: unpublished (with Sharon Holland)

    The Waiting Room and Four Other Songs
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1982
         The Waiting Room
         Stay With Me
         Do Me The Do
         A Man Like You
         You've Been On My Mind
    text: ?

    CHORAL

    The Best-Beloved
    for: soprano, SATB, strings, harp, percussion
    date: 1990
    Four motets on Jacobean poems
         Psalm 63
         Holy Sonnet (John Donne)
         "My thoughts hold mortal strife..." (W. Drummond)
         "My beloved is mine, and I am his" (F. Quarles)
    published: Wayne Leupold Editions (full score with strings: WL410001; each movement also available separately)
    recorded:
    I Cantori di New York conducted by Mark Shapiro, Echoes and Shadows: Romantic Choral Music, PGM 401 (1997)
    The Stonewall Chorale

    Five Gay Jewish Prayers
    for: baritone, three-part men's chorus, piano
    date: 1986
         B'rashees
         When I'm Alone
         When I Wondered
         The Shortened Life
         Haverim
    poetry: Perry Brass
    note: written for the New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus

    Higher O'er the Lonely Hills and Two Other Liturgical Pieces
    for: SATB chorus and organ
    date: 1990
         High O'er The Lonely Hills
         When Jesus Came To Jericho
         Christ And The Widow Of Nain Psalm 41
    for: baritone, mezzo-soprano, SATB chorus, congregation, organ
    date: 1992
    note: commissioned and premiered at Central Synagogue, 11/30/92

    INSTRUMENTAL

    Dances for Clavichord
    for: clavichord
    date: 1988
    note: written for harpischordist Andrew De Masi (1947-1993).

    God Is Our Righteousness
    for: guitar and organ
    date: 1987
    published: Wayne Leupold Editions WL610001
    note: written for guitarist Nicholas Goluses and organist Harry Huff
    recorded: Nicholas Goluses, guitar, Harry Huff, organ, Memento Bittersweet, BMG/Catalyst 09026-61979-2 (1994).

    Music for a Short Subject
    for: soprano saxophone and organ
    date: 1989
    published: To the Fore Publishers
    note: written for saxophonist Anders Paulsson and organist Harry Huff

    Prelude and Fugue
    for: soprano saxophone, string quartet, bass
    date: 1991
    published: To the Fore Publishers
    note: written for saxophonist Anders Paulsson

    Serenade for Violin and Organ
    for: violin and organ
    date: 1991
    published: Wayne Leupold Editions WL610002
    note: written for violinist Christina Sunnerstam and organist Harry Huff

    MUSICAL THEATRE

    All in collaboration with director Nicholas Deutsch:
    Adam and the Experts
    date: ?
    original production: 3-Dollar Bill Theater, New York

    Night Sweat
    date: ?
    original production: Meridian Theater, New York

    Stray Dog Story
    date: ?
    original production: Meridian Theater, New York
    See also Cabaret Songs: Instant Lives

    OPERA

    A Murder is Foretold (An Operatta)
    date: 1990
    Suggested by an Oscar Wilde story
    text: book and lyrics by Sharon Holland
    productions?

    Whatever You Say, He Sings (An Opera Scena)
    for: voice and piano
    date: 1990
    poetry: Ilsa Gilbert
    published: Classical Vocal Reprints
    premiere: "The Poet of Bleecker Street," Greenwich House, New York City 1/26/90

    UNCOMPLETED WORKS:
    Unknown

    WRITINGS:
    Unknown

    DISCOGRAPHY:
    All The Way Through Evening (complete song cycle):
    Michael Dash, baritone, Chris DeBlasio, piano, And Trouble Came: Musical Responses to AIDS, Musicians Accord, CRI CD 729 (1996).
    Gilles Denizot, baritone, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano, Sudden Sunsets: Highlights from the Benson Series, Downtown Music Productions, Leonarda Records LE 354 (forthcoming).

    Walt Whitman in 1989:
    Michael Dash, baritone, Chris DeBlasio, piano, Gay American Composers, CRI CD 721 (1996).
    S. Sylvan, baritone, D. Breitman, piano, The AIDS Quilt Songbook, Harmonia Mundi HMN 907602 (1994).
    R. Osborne, baritone, H. Huff, piano, Tom Bogdan: L'Amour Bleu, Poppy Records (1999).
    B. Kent, baritone, J. Jensen, piano, Heartbeats: New Songs from Minnesota for the AIDS Quilt Songbook, Innova No. 500 (1994).

    In Endless Ascent (complete song cycle):
    Tom Bogdan, tenor, Harry Huff, piano, Tom Bogdan: L'Amour Bleu, Poppy Records (1999).

    "Butcher" (from Villagers song cycle): Veronica Burke, soprano, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano, Sudden Sunsets: Highlights from the Benson Series, Downtown Music Productions, Leonarda Records LE 354 (forthcoming).
    "Tango: The South Bronx" (from A Rented Sail and Seven Other Songs): Chris DeBlasio, baritone, Chris Berg, piano, Tellus #16 (cassette).
    "God Is Our Righteousness," Nicholas Goluses, guitar, Harry Huff, organ, Memento Bittersweet, BMG/Catalyst 09026-61979-2 (1994).

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

    • "Chris DeBlasio" by William Berger, Loss Within Loss, Artists in the Age of AIDS, edited by Edmund White, in cooperation with the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, University of Wisconsin Press (2001).
    • "Chris DeBlasio: Walt Whitman in 1989" by Perry Brass, liner notes to Gay American Composers, CRI CD 721 (1996).
    • "DeBlasio, Chris" by Tim Page, The Grove Dictionary of Music, Grovemusic.com (2001).

    PERFORMING RIGHTS AFFILIATION:
    BMI

    RESOURCES:
    Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
    35 East 21st Street
    New York, NY 10010
    (212) 358-5300
    fax: (212) 358-5303
    www.boosey.com

    Classical Vocal Reprints
    3253 Cambridge Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10463-3618
    (800) 298-7474 ; (718) 601-1959
    fax: (718) 601-1969
    ClasVocRep@aol.com
    www.classicalvocalrep.com

    To The Fore Publishers
    82 Copley Avenue
    Teaneck, NJ 07666
    (201) 287-1872
    fax: (201) 287-1873
    members.aol.com/tothefore/navigation.html

    Wayne Leupold Editions
    8510 Triad Drive
    Colfax, NC 27235
    (336)996-8445
    www.wayneleupold.com

    MUSICAL EXECUTOR:
    Harry Huff
    61 Gramercy Park North
    New York, NY 10010
    (212) 473-2877
    HuffHary@aol.com

    OTHER CONTACTS:
    William Berger (executor)
    28 Bedford Street Apt. 9
    New York, NY 10014
    (212) 675-7828
    berdetal@aol.com

    ARCHIVES:
    With Harry Huff at Calvary Church, pledged to New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

     


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