A Little Tooth

2023 | mezzo-soprano/piano.

Years ago, when my daughter Diana Rosenblum was in high school, she introduced me to the poetry of Thomas Lux. As a result, in 2000, I used his poetry to compose my comic song cycle Men With Small Heads.

My daughter turned 40 in 2023. She has a PhD in music composition from Eastman and is a fabulous composer, an incredible person, and my joy and inspiration. For her 40th birthday, I wanted to write her a song. I remembered that I still had some outstanding permissions for other poems by Tom — and it seemed like A Little Tooth was the perfect choice for the occasion.

The premiere was on April 4, 2024 at The Hartt School as part of their first Festival of American Song — with soprano Lisabeth Kettledon and pianist Eric Trudel.