Searching for a voice. . . and chamber ensemble.

Recently, I’ve been inspired to write a piece for voice and a small chamber ensemble. As I was browsing the tags on this site to review some of the vocal music I’ve come across in the past couple of years, I realized that the number of vocal pieces listed is highly disproportionate to the number of purely instrumental ones, and most of those are written for choir. Out of the chamber pieces, the majority of those are from George Crumb (not that that’s a bad start).

Therefore I ask you, what contemporary pieces would you recommend I listen to or study? I’m primarily thinking of voice with 1-3 other instruments besides piano (although piano is welcome too).

Here are some chamber works I’ve featured in the past that include voice:

  • Federico’s Little Songs for Children,by George Crumb, for soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute, and harp
  • Madrigals, Book I, by George Crumb, for Soprano, vibraphone, and double bass
  • Madrigals, Book II, by George Crumb, for Soprano, flute/alto flute/piccolo, and percussion
  • Madrigals, Book III, by George Crumb, for Soprano, harp, and percussion
  • Madrigals, Book IV, by George Crumb, for Soprano, flute/alto flute/piccolo, harp, double bass, and percussion
  • Voices and Cello, by Morton Feldman
  • L’auberge de Loupiac, by Florent Ghys, for voice and strings

Thanks in advance!

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