Orange Afternoon Lover

Song cycleAgainst Still LifeI Was Reading A Scientific ArticleI Am Sitting on the Edge

2006, rev. 2017 | soprano/piano, also mezzo-soprano/piano version.

Poems by Margaret Atwood (b.1939).

Jointly commissioned by The Howard Hanson Fund of The Eastman School and The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, and written expressly for soprano Eileen Strempel and pianist Sylvie Beaudette. Their premiere recording was released spring 2010 on the Centaur Label and the revised version recording, with soprano Maureen McKay and pianist Andrew Rosenblum is on Acis’ Are Women People? — The Songs of Lori Laitman. To purchase, please click here.

Click here to watch soprano Maureen McKay and pianist/composer Lori Laitman perform this in concert from October 10, 2019.


SOME EDITIONS OF THE SOPRANO VERSION HAVE AN ERROR ON PAGE 11 of AGAINST STILL LIFE of the SOPRANO VERSION — where the mezzo version was mistakenly inserted. The notes at the top of the page (measure 180) should start with Fs in the voice, not Eb. IF YOU HAVE A DEFECTIVE COPY, please email me at and I will send you the correct file.

Some newer editions may already have these corrections. If you have an older copy, please contact me for a complimentary updated score.

Song 3,“I Am Sitting on the Edge”

  • In the mezzo version, in 21, the B should be tied to a B.
  • In the soprano version, in 21, the C sharp should be tied to a C sharp.