Mirror Visions

Richard Lalli

Co-Founder of Mirror Visions
Partner in Music
Singer, Pianist, Composer
Photos
The Mirror Visions Ensemble – February 2007. La Maison Française of New York University. Concert: Emmanuel Chabrier: Impressionism in Music, Painting and Life Photo by Christopher Blair. From left to right: Richard Lalli, Tobé Malawista, Scott Murphree. Richard Lalli – October 1998 at The Yale University Gallery of Art Concert – Musical Portraits: Pleasure and Dread In Paris. At the American Cathedral in Paris, June 1995. From left to right: Richard Lalli, Gary Chapman, Stephen Malawista, and Tobé Malawista. Concert: Songs of Cole Porter.
Audio
Play Brother, can you spare a dime? (4:57)
Music by Jay Gorney, Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg; from Americana, 1931. Une Rhapsodie Américaine at the Salle Cortot Paris on April 23, 2008. Richard Lalli, baritone; Gary Chapman, piano and arrangements. Recording engineer: Eric Ferrand N'Kaoua.
Play Emily Dickinson (3:07)
From Carnival Evening, W.W. Norton & Company 1998. Music by Richard Lalli, Poetry of Linda Pastan from Carnival Evening, W.W. Norton & Company 1998. Scott Murphree tenor, Alan Darling piano. Recording engineer: Mike Burke.

Emily Dickinson by Linda Pastan

We think of her hidden in a white dress
among the folded linens and sachets
of well-kept cupboards, or just out of sight
sending jellies and notes with no address
to all the wondering Amherst neighbors.
Eccentric as New England weather
the stiff wind of her mind, stinging or gentle,
blew two half-imagined lovers off.
Yet legend won’t explain the sheer sanity
of vision, the serious mischief
of language, the economy of pain.

Play I've got a crush on you (3:50)
Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin; from Treasure Girl, 1928. Une Rhapsodie Américaine at the Salle Cortot Paris on April 23, 2008. Richard Lalli, baritone; Gary Chapman, piano and arrangements. Recording engineer: Eric Ferrand N'Kaoua.
Play Matelot (5:46)
Music and lyrics by Noël Coward from Sigh No More, 1945. Une Rhapsodie Américaine at the Salle Cortot Paris on April 23, 2008. Richard Lalli, baritone; Gary Chapman, piano and arrangements. Recording engineer: Eric Ferrand N'Kaoua.
Play Where or When (4:06)
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Lorenz Hart; from Babes in Arms, 1937. Une Rhapsodie Américaine at the Salle Cortot Paris on April 23, 2008. Richard Lalli, baritone; Gary Chapman, piano and arrangements. Recording engineer: Eric Ferrand N'Kaoua.
Play Presence (5:46)
Poetry by Jeffrey Greene from American Spirituals, Northeastern University Press 1998. Presence from Three Greene Songs. Music by Richard Lalli, soprano Tobé Malawista, baritone Richard Lalli, flute Sara Andon. Recording engineer: Mike Burke.

Presence

All afternoon the shadows
lengthened and shook.
Now they settle back
into the black mass
of trees under stars.
Because night comes slowly,
the children are unafraid.
They don’t consider the beauty
in what still remains,
common flowers equal to the dark.
I need to know the geography
of the park as I start
to see things in the trees,
myself alone or the face
of someone I loved.
If I knew like the bat,
turn left, turn left,
I’d stay clear of the trees
and the sadness I thought
was the end of sadness.
The trees are harmless.
The children now equal
to the dark give off
small cries of presence.

Play Where the bee sucks (1:43)
Music by Richard Lalli, Words by William Shakespeare; from The Tempest act V, scene i. Trio: Tobé Malawista soprano, Scott Murphree tenor, Richard Lalli baritone. Recording engineer: Mike Burke.
Play Whip-Poor-Will (3:53)
Music by Jerome Kern, Lyrics by B.G. DeSylva; from Sally 1921. Une Rhapsodie Américaine at the Salle Cortot Paris on April 23, 2008. Richard Lalli, baritone; Gary Chapman, piano and arrangements. Recording engineer: Eric Ferrand N'Kaoua.
Video
Lessons
From the concert, "Across Time: Secrets of Memory", February 13, 2005, Fine Hall, Princeton University
Les Cygnes
From the concert, "French Jewels", inspired by Rene Lalique, March 15, 2008 at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Le Loup et L'agneau
From the concert, "French Jewels", inspired by Rene Lalique, March 15, 2008 at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Le Leopard
From the concert, "French Jewels", inspired by Rene Lalique, March 15, 2008 at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Is My Team Ploughing
From the concert, "Songs from the British Isles", May 7, 2006, Church of St. Paul and St. James, New Haven, CT
Droplets
From the concert "The Almanac of Last Things", November 20, 2006, Merkin Concert Hall
Chanson pour Jeanne
From the concert Emmanual Chabrier: impressionism in music, painting & life, October 1 2005, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris
Black Max
From the concert "Portrait in Music of Darius & Madeleine Milhaud, June 14, 2005, Centre multimedia, Paris
Berceuse Creole
From the concert "Portrait in Music of Darius & Madeleine Milhaud, June 14, 2005, Centre multimedia, Paris
Take, O Take Those Lips Away
From the concert, "French Jewels", inspired by Rene Lalique, March 15, 2008 at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris