Featured Composition

The Swing

Looking beyond the walled garden of childhood, this first song from the 3-piece cycle entitled “Up In The Air” celebrates the joy of sailing up and down on a swing, looking out and looking back. Other songs in the set include “Autumn Fires” and “The Wind.” Poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Recent Works

Three Song Cycles based on “A Child’s Garden of Verses”, poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson

In Performance

I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There

Poem by Hughes Mearns
For high voice and piano
Performed by Andrea Edith Moore, Soprano
and Robert Buxton, Piano

A haunted house. An apparition. What to do?  Cower in the corner? Serve up a verbal eviction notice? “Go Away and don’t come back anymore!”  Fiercely, yet fearfully, the owner approaches the enigmatic visitor. Fade away lyrics and diminished seventh chords dot the landscape.

After Love

Poem by Sara Teasdale
For medium voice and piano
Performed by Laura Alexander, Mezzo-Soprano 
and Shoko Abe, Piano

Song three in the song cycle entitled Love’s Lessons, 1, this tango setting of Teasdale’s “After Love” recalls the days of wine and roses when “you were the wind and I the sea”, yet the present situation is boring and beyond repair, hence “there is no magic anymore.” Other songs included in the set are: “Advice to a Girl,” and “Barter.”

About Sue T. Klausmeyer

Composer Sue Klausmeyer, long recognized in the Triangle area of NC for her career in conducting and singing, holds graduate degrees in music from UNC- Chapel Hill, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Upon retirement from her artistic leadership of numerous choirs, her love of vocal music led her in a new direction: composition. “I think that my extensive background in performing and my love of piano and vocal music was the impetus for these songs. And, of course, the poetry provided inspiration for each one. I try to create a unique melodic and rhythmic structure for each one and to compose songs that I would enjoy singing!”