Songs of Slumber

new lullabies from around the world

This project will see a new book of lullabies co-commissioned by several voice types from many different heritage backgrounds. Each commissioner is submitting a family poem or story as the lyrics for their lullaby. The finished collection of lullabies, for voice and piano, will contain a set of short pieces in many different languages. Lead by German tenor Rafael Helbig-Kostka, this co-commission will be realized in the 2015/2016 season, with performances around the world. 

Meet the commissioners

Rafael Helbig-Kostka - Germany

Rafael discusses the impetus for Songs of Slumber:"The idea for a set of lullabies hit me when I was watching a premiere of another piece by Ms. Boyd. The piece I heard was written about the performer’s mother and the special relationship the two of them had. It reminded me about my mother and our relationship and how my beginnings as a musician began with her playing guitar and singing lullabies to me. A set of lullabies seemed like the perfect idea, and Stephanie was thrilled when I approached her after the concert, brimming with excitement, and told her. And so the project was born!! I’m looking forward to premiering the work in recital in the 2015-2016 season!"
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