Baby Book

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Song cycle for soprano & piano

Duration: 18'

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About

Baby Book is a cycle of six songs on miscarriage, pregnancy, and motherhood, with poetry by Chloe Yelena Miller

Winner of the Spoleto Festival's 2017 G.C. Menotti Young Composer's Competition, the complete cycle was premiered by Lucie Chartin and Luba Podgayskaya in Spoleto on August 10, 2017 as part of Incontri Musicali. The competition was created "to promote the activity of some of the most promising figures of the new musical generation."

The work was also a finalist for the 2019 NATS Art Song Composition Award.

Jessica Spafford gave the U.S. premiere at the 2018 Music By Women Festival and later presented it at the 2018 James Madison University Contemporary Music Festival as well.

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Response

"Baby Book surprised me with its full-figured construction and deep melodic connections throughout. On my first hearing I openly cried. The degree of sensitivity to which Lauren has written is perfectly in line with how these experiences feel inside. I immediately wanted to learn and perform the entire cycle to heal wounds that I still carry."

 Janet Brehm Ziegler, soprano

"The first time I heard excerpts from Baby Book, I knew I was hearing something truly rare and important. Lauren's compositional language lends itself to the deeply personal subject matter, with which so many women can identify, and it elicits emotional responses that perhaps were previously unknown.

Baby Book is not just a composition for voice and piano, it is a prolific work of art from the heart of a true creator with deep conviction for the subject matter and for the twenty-first century woman."

 Jennifer Poff, soprano

"Baby Book is a fascinating work touching on significant human issues related to pregnancy, miscarriage, and motherhood. The expressive melodies speak to the cries and joys of a loving mother longing to meet her child. The intuitive combination of lyric, line, and harmony present a beautiful palette of color suitable for both the finest of halls and the humblest of souls."

Shane Mickelsen, No. 1 Billboard Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator

Premiere in Spoleto, Italy

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