Maud

MAUD is the earliest of my pieces you will find on this site.

Composed in 1977, it is a monodrama for mezzo-soprano, accompanied by computer-generated sounds, based on a text by poet Gary Sange.
The sounds were generated by an IBM 360-91, using MUSIC4BF, a Fortan-based application.   Digital-to-analog conversion was done at the Godfrey Winham Lab at Princeton University.

Janet Steele gave the premiere performance in 1977 on an ISCM concert at Carnegie Recital Hall.
That same year it was performed at the first International Computer Music Festival held at M.I.T. The singer there was Jane Lawrence.
The following year Maud was awarded First Prize by the American Society of University Composers (today the Society of Composers.)

On this recording, made in 1987 for Opus One Records, Maud is sung by Christine Schadeberg.