John Plant, composer

Faustus: A SaxOpera, with Michael Couper in San Diego.    Michael Couper, alto saxophone; San Diego Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Shannon Kitelinger

Act I: Faustus and Mephisto

Act II: Marguerite and the Viper in the Forest  

Act III: Faustus cures Marguerite  

Act IV: The Man from Over the Seas

Act V: Faustus goes to hell.

Faustus: A SaxOpera, version for saxophone, piano and harp.     Tristan de Borba, alto saxophone; Ellen Gibling, harp; Jennifer King, Piano.

Act I: Faustus and Mephisto

Act II: Marguerite and the Viper in the Forest

Act III: Faustus cures Marguerite

Act IV: The Man from Over the Seas

Act V: Faustus goes to hell.  

Faustus: a SaxOpera, with Jennifer Bill in Boston

Jennifer Bill, alto saxophone. Boston University Wind Ensemble, conducted by David Martins.

Act I: Faustus and Mephisto.

 
Act II: Marguerite and the Viper in the Forest 


Act III: Faustus cures Marguerite.
 
 
Act IV: The Man from Over the Seas
 
 
Act V: Faustus goes to hell 

Insomnia  Text: Marina Tsvetaeva, trans. John Plant

Yungee Rhie, soprano; ChoEun Lee, piano; Michael Couper, saxophone.
Rehearsal recording.

I love to kiss hands/I love to bestow names/and even to open /doors!/Wide open, into the dark night!.../….I leave my sleeping house…./Winds of July sweep my path./ Somewhere, from a window, faint music/ Ah, tonight let the wind blow till dawn,/Straight through the thin walls of my chest!/A black poplar. Light in a window./Bells in the tower. A flower in my hand./A footstep, but no one behind me./A shadow, but of me: nothing./Flames, like threads of golden beads./In my mouth, the taste of the leaves of night./Shake off the vestiges of day./Friends, understand, you’re dreaming me…

 
Black as a pupil drinking in the light,/I love you, keen-eyed night./Grant me a voice to sing your praise, O primeval mother of songs:/the bridle of the four winds lies in the palm of your hand./Calling you, declaring your glory,/I am only a seashell whose ocean has not yet died./Night! Too long have I gazed into human eyes./Set me on fire,  black sun, night! 
 
 

String Quartet            

dedicated to and performed by Blue Engine String Quartet

I. A fanatic heart
 
II. Lament
 
III. Gubbinal 
 
IV. With growing passion 
 

Piano Quintet

Blue Engine String Quartet; John Plant, piano.

I. Where are you
in memory of my parents

 
II. Scherzo
for Blue Engine String Quartet
 
 
III. Nocturne with Birds
in memory of my aunt Helen Quilliam
 
 
IV. Passacaglia
for Jocelyne
 
 
 

 

A deep clear breath of life, for saxophone and piano

Jennifer Bill, saxophone; Yoshiko Kline, piano.

A deep clear breath of life

Michael Couper, alto saxophone; Hannah Gruber, piano

Concerto for Orchestra 

Montreal Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Wanda Kaluzny

 

Romance sonámbulo, for voice and orchestra

 Jocelyne Fleury, mezzo-soprano; Montreal Chamber Orchestra, cond. Wanda Kaluzny

Sunday, 4 A.M. for voice and string quartet

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Blue Engine String Quartet

Sandpiper, version for voice, clarinet, string quartet and piano

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Micah Heilbrunn, clarinet; Blue Engine String Quartet; Robert Kortgaard, piano

 

 

La notte bella, baritone version, for voice and piano trio

Alexander Dobson, baritone; The Talisker Players

Invocation to Aphrodite, version for voice, flute, piano and string orchestra

Jocelyne Fleury, mezzo-soprano; Caroline Séguin, flute; J. Plant, piano; Montreal Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Wanda Kaluzny

Babel is a blessing, for voice and orchestra

Jocelyne Fleury, mezzo-soprano; Montreal Chamber Orchestra, cond. Wanda Kaluzny

Lament on the death of a sparrow (Catullus, Latin) 

 Song of a man who has come through (D.H. Lawrence, English

 
Chornyi voron (Black crow - Aleksandr Blok, Russian)