All in the Sound

New Vocal Music by Peter Dayton

Peter Dayton composer

Release Date: March 10, 2023
Catalog #: NV6510
Format: Digital

Following his 2022 release, STORIES OUT OF CHERRY STEMS, this latest collection of vocal music by Baltimore-based composer Peter Dayton reinforces his establishment as a mature and formidable talent in the world of art song. ALL IN THE SOUND captures the heart of the genre: duet between voice and accompaniment. Characteristically and integrally, Dayton’s songs exhibit internal compositional logics of pervasive rhythmic patterns and intervallic relationships that create music that still viscerally satisfies. The album takes listeners on a captivating journey through physical, emotional, and abstract imagery. Triumphantly, Dayton’s music realizes the poignancies possible in the duet that is art song.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 All in the Sound, for Soprano & Piano (2017): The Shadow Peter Dayton Katie Procell, soprano; Valerie Hsu, piano 2:25
02 All in the Sound, for Soprano & Piano (2017): The Poem Peter Dayton Katie Procell, soprano; Valerie Hsu, piano 1:18
03 Just a Leaf: Three Natural Songs, for High Voice & Piano (2019): I. Invitation Standing Peter Dayton Henry Hubbard, tenor; Valerie Hsu, piano 1:40
04 Just a Leaf: Three Natural Songs, for High Voice & Piano (2019): II. Winter Vocative Peter Dayton Henry Hubbard, tenor; Valerie Hsu, piano 3:20
05 Just a Leaf: Three Natural Songs, for High Voice & Piano (2019): III. Evening Peter Dayton Henry Hubbard, tenor; Valerie Hsu, piano 4:54
06 Botticellian Trees, for Soprano & Violin (2015): I. The Locust Tree in Flower (first version) Peter Dayton Katie Procell, soprano; Sarah Jane Thomas, violin 2:58
07 Botticellian Trees, for Soprano & Violin (2015): II. The Botticellian Trees Peter Dayton Katie Procell, soprano; Sarah Jane Thomas, violin 4:03
08 Botticellian Trees, for Soprano & Violin (2015): III. Winter Trees Peter Dayton Katie Procell, soprano; Sarah Jane Thomas, violin 2:53
09 Botticellian Trees, for Soprano & Violin (2015): IV. The Locust Tree in Flower (second version) Peter Dayton Katie Procell, soprano; Sarah Jane Thomas, violin 3:27
10 If They Delight, for Soprano & Piano (2015/2017): I. Brightly “Should they may be…” Peter Dayton Arianna Arnold, soprano; Valerie Hsu, piano 1:51
11 If They Delight, for Soprano & Piano (2015/2017): II. Spacious “In one direction there is the sun…” Peter Dayton Arianna Arnold, soprano; Valerie Hsu, piano 3:34
12 If They Delight, for Soprano & Piano (2015/2017): III. Playfully “Now only think three times roses green and blue…” Peter Dayton Arianna Arnold, soprano; Valerie Hsu, piano 1:58
13 Beyond Dimension, for Soprano & Harp (2018) Peter Dayton Katie Procell, soprano; Erin Baker, harp 1:53
14 Hidden Texts, for Tenor & Guitar (2017): I. Hidden Texts Peter Dayton Henry Hubbard, tenor; Andrew Weed, guitar 4:58
15 Hidden Texts, for Tenor & Guitar (2017): II. Do Not Be Ashamed Peter Dayton Henry Hubbard, tenor; Andrew Weed, guitar 5:30
16 Like a Red, Red Rose, for High Voice & Harp (2020) Peter Dayton Arianna Arnold, soprano; Erin Baker, harp 2:32
17 Wilde Colours, for Soprano & Celesta (2020): I. Red, White, Yellow, Gold Peter Dayton Arianna Arnold, soprano; Aaron Thacker, celesta 3:30
18 Wilde Colours, for Soprano & Celesta (2020): II. Grey, Black, Brown Peter Dayton Arianna Arnold, soprano; Aaron Thacker, celesta 3:38
19 Wilde Colours, for Soprano & Celesta (2020): III. Blue, Gold, Grey, Ochre, Yellow Peter Dayton Arianna Arnold, soprano; Aaron Thacker, celesta 3:49
20 The Second Coming, for Vocal Quartet & Horn (2018) Peter Dayton Vince Sandroni, tenor 1; Ben Hawker, tenor 2; Jason Buckwalter, baritone; John TK Scherch, bass; Shona Goldberg-Leopold, horn 6:41
21 Fresh in the Triumph, for Tenor & Piano (2018) Peter Dayton Ben Hawker, tenor; Aaron Thacker, piano 4:20

Tracks 1-5, 10-12, 21
Recorded August 28, 2021 at Roland Park Community Center in Baltimore MD
Producer Christian Amonson
Recording Session Engineers Robert Armstrong, Jason Powers

Tracks 6-9, 17-20
Recorded August 21, 2021 at Roland Park Community Center in Baltimore MD
Producer Christian Amonson
Recording Session Engineers Robert Armstrong, Lara Mitofsky Neuss

Tracks 13-16
Recorded July 16 & 19, 2021 at Roland Park Community Center in Baltimore MD
Producer Christian Amonson
Recording Session Engineer Robert Armstrong

Mastering Melanie Montgomery

All in the Sound, for Soprano & Piano (2017)
The Shadow by William Carlos Williams, from THE COLLECTED POEMS: VOLUME I, 1909-1939, copyright ©1938 by New Directions Publishing Corp. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

The Poem (It’s all in) by William Carlos Williams, from THE COLLECTED POEMS: VOLUME II, 1939-1962, copyright ©1953 by William Carlos Williams. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

Just a Leaf: Three Natural Songs, for High Voice & Piano (2019)
Invitation Standing by Paul Blackburn, Invitation Standing used by permission of Joan Blackburn.

Winter Vocative and To Praise the Music by William Bronk, used with permission of the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York.

Botticellian Trees, for Soprano & Violin (2015)
Text by William Carlos Williams, from THE COLLECTED POEMS: VOLUME I, 1909-1939, copyright ©1938 by New Directions Publishing Corp. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

If They Delight, for Soprano & Piano (2015/2017)
Text by Gertrude Stein, Stanza XV from Stanzas in Meditation and Other Poems (Los Angeles: Sun and Moon Press, 1994). Reprinted with the permission of Mr. Stanford Gann Jr., Levin & Gann, P.A., Literary Executor of the Estate of Gertrude Stein. All Rights Reserved.

Beyond Dimension, for Soprano & Harp (2018)
Text from an unpublished fragment by Vicki Hearne, used with permission by the Literary Estate of Vicki Hearne.

Hidden Texts, for Tenor & Guitar (2017)
Reflections on Espionage by John Hollander. Copyright © 1999 by Yale University. Used by permission of Yale University Press.

Text by by Wendell Berry, Copyright © 2012, from New Collected Poems. Reprinted by permission of Counterpoint Press. All Rights Reserved.

Like a Red, Red Rose, for High Voice & Harp (2020)
Like a Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns (1794). This a poem in the public domain.

Wilde Colours, for Soprano & Celesta (2020)
Le Reveillon, Impressions du Matin, and Les Silhouettes by Oscar Wilde. These poems are in the public domain.

Illustrations by Douglas Johnson

The Second Coming, for Vocal Quartet & Horn (2018)
The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats (1920). This poem is in the public domain.

Fresh in the Triumph, for Tenor & Piano (2018)
Original text by Peter Dayton.

Executive Producer Bob Lord

A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Chris Robinson

VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming, Morgan Hauber
Publicity Patrick Niland

Artist Information

Peter Dayton

Peter Dayton

Composer

Described by American Record Guide as “...a composer whose heart and care are palpable... who has a voice that deserves to be heard often” and by the Baltimore Sun as having “a refined sense of melodic arcs and harmonic motion,” Peter Dayton’s compositions have been performed across North America and in Europe.