Norman Mathews’ Rossetti Songs, to Christina Rossetti poetry for mezzo-soprano, piano, flute, and cello, was recorded by Navona Records (NV5827). His art songs have been performed at the Kennedy Center. Ye Are Many—They Are Few, Cantata for a Just World, for four singers and piano, received a Puffin Foundation grant and premiered at The Chicago Cultural Center in May 2014. Sonnet No. 61 for mixed choir, piano, and oboe obbligato won the American Composers’ Forum VocalEssence Award. As composer-in-residence at Shorter University, Mathews was commissioned to write a chamber opera, Flights of the Heart, which was performed by faculty members on a concert devoted exclusively to his music.
Songs of the Poet, to Walt Whitman poetry, premiered in Germany by Munich Opera’s Gregory Wiest, who recorded the work for Capstone Records (CPS 8646). The cycle was featured on an American Composers Orchestra program, “Whitman and Music.”
Mathews’ one-woman musical play about Dorothy Parker, You Might as Well Live, has been performed by Michele Pawk (Tony Award) and Broadway star Karen Mason (Drama-Desk Award). He is currently writing the libretto and music for an opera based on the Giovanni Verga story La Lupa.
Mathews earned a B.A. in music from Hunter College and an M.A. Degree in music from New York University.