Monday, September 16, 2013

Hiram Titus














Our dear friend and colleague Hiram Titus passed away Monday, September 16, 2013.

A few years ago, at one of the alumni gatherings, Hiram was videotaped, speaking about some of his work with CTC.  This is the link address... (highlight it, right-click and select "go to..." and you should arrive at the video).

http://www.ctcalumni.com/video_hirum

So much music was created by Hiram for The Children's Theatre Company and School. Following are links to just a few selections; you may also access more clips of Hiram's work by browsing though the pages of this blog.  Hiram was active at CTC from 1971 into the new millenium.


From Hiram's first score for The Children's Theatre Company:
Two pieces from "A Wall" (1971).
 Lyrics by John Clark Donahue. Hiram conducting while at the keyboards.

"Into the Sun's Face"

"Yes, into the sun's face gaze on
Till blindness greets us.
Oh, yes -- into the sun's face
The reward is no sight.
Or vision quite complete."

Lead vocalist: Haimanot Alemu


http://www.mediafire.com/listen/pgaz0i0r2x6fpm1/A_Wall_-_Into_the_Sun%27s_Face.mp3



Finale: "My Name is Somebody"

"My name is Somebody 
Who does not wish to be seen here.
But some unnatural forces draw my face towards a look at you
And that's a pity
For the more I gaze I find I cannot be."

Lead vocalist: Debbie Tice.

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/76c8ix93idcejmz/My_Name_Is_Somebody.mp3



One of Hiram's very favorite pieces -- the Baby Blessing from "Raggedy Ann and Andy"...

Little One, welcome here
Sun and moon are drawing near.
All the creatures of the earth
Gather for another birth.

Fairies guard you in the night
Always near yet ever out of sight.
Since the dawn of time we've come
Blessing every single one:
Welcome home!

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/t9ch98brvyudrn4/Raggedy_Ann_%26_Andy_-_Baby_Blessing.mp3


Also from Raggedy Ann, the opening cues and Ann's song (lyric by Constance Congdon):

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/qucabqnqxl1xaxn/Raggedy_Ann_-_Opening.mp3



From "Hang On to Your Head":  Sweeping orchestral score (theme "borrowed" from Tchaikovsky).  Stunning work!

Opening:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/i5z9ohohugd24dl/HOTYH_Track_1.mp3


Tarantella:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/a6wefdp102n30pt/HOTYH_Tarantella.mp3


Tango:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/hb92e5f1edyi3n6/Hang_On_to_Your_Head_-_Tango.mp3


Cue 4:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/sqzt80nid5svg57/HOTYH_Track_4.mp3


Cue 6:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/4gmeo7fafqeaahj/HOTYH_Track_6.mp3


The Rolled-Down Sock Club:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/uzd23dytjjq1h9h/Hang_On_to_Your_Head_-_Rolled_Down_Sock_Club.mp3


Mrs. Panky's Soliloquoy:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/p4p4o4kavkvps6x/Mrs_Panky_Soliloquoy.mp3


In the Garden:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/rqhhxf583nev2eh/In_the_Garden.mp3


Cue 10:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/5q191zr4be3i3qu/HOTYH_Track_10.mp3


Queen of the World:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/l1mhkded7h6vh4a/Queen_of_the_World.mp3






From "The Secret Garden": Mary sings Colin to sleep accompanied by this music ...

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/pcqjz02dsjql7qk/Secret_Garden_-_Lullaby.mp3

Earlier, when Mary asks her Uncle Craven for "a bit of earth"...

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/7zmviwt8ty33w88/Secret_Garden_-_A_Bit_of_Earth.mp3

And Mary learns the abandoned garden is "quite alive" ...

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/1ee317sj2a2jnsa/Secret_Garden_-_Crocus.mp3


From "A Room in Paradise" Thomas Olson & Sara Schimke sing a love song (lyric by Timothy Mason):

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/daawjojhji7p6bg/Room_In_Paradise_-_Love_Song.mp3

From "Madeline and the Gypsies" 1972 -- Hiram at the piano and conducting.  Scene One.  Virtually the entire 70 minute play was nonstop music.

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/seibvsbv8g1pp73/Madeleine_-_Opening.mp3

Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid -- End Act Two. Lyric by John Clark Donahue.

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/eq6lxg1acanp8j2/Imaginary_Invalid-Entr%27Acte.mp3

From "The Mystery of the Tattered Trunk." A late 1920s luxury liner is the setting for a teen girl sleuth's mystery adventure. A collaboration with Thomas W. Olson, Wendy Lehr and Richard Russell Ramos.

Theme.
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/nkj9nwtw62trso8/Tattered_Trunk_-_Theme.mp3

Ballroom Opening.
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/8nza7g5tawt8sut/Tattered_Trunk_-_Ballroom_Opening.mp3

Tango.
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/cl7o5i1ubyn3j8e/Tattered_Trunk_-_Ballroom_Tango.mp3


Romance.
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/9fcapj4pk3y9df7/Tattered_Trunk_-_Slow_Dance.mp3



From "Mr. Pickwick's Christmas": -- Friends Well Met (a collaboration with Thomas W. Olson)
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/kne6hgwk1azbv2r/Mr_Pickwick%27s_Christmas_-_Friends_Well_Met.mp3

A song on Christmas Eve by the kitchen fire: King of the Seasons...
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/31sep6ou6jp40p1/Mr_Pickwick%27s_Christmas_-_King_of_the_Seasons.mp3

And the finale from Pickwick ...
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/12ujxel44ex1810/Mr_Pickwick%27s_Christmas_-_Finale.mp3


From "Treasure Island" - Ballad "Sir Patrick Spence" and shift into Journey Montage and Apple Barrel scene (collaboration with Timothy Mason).  Lead vocal: Tom Dunn. Astonishingly cinematic.  Combination of live orchestra and recorded strings.
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/fho8kqawolrr4gc/Treasure_Island_-_Make_Haste.mp3

From "Ukrainian Tales"
Hiram composed and orchestrated this show with virtually nonstop music while, at the same time, creating "Pinocchio."  Both productions opened within days of one another as inaugural productions in the new theater building, autumn of 1974.
Opening:
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/1ud5r8m6240myvj/Ukrainian_Tales_-_Opening.mp3

Gypsy Camp:
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/9622dn0fxsmz6qf/Ukrainian_Tales_Gypsy_Camp.mp3

Finale:
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/3qlooxk897yh6ao/CTC_-_Ukrainian_Tales_-_Finale.mp3


From "Puss in Boots" -- Kathmandu (Sung by Julee Cruise and Nate Peterson) Lyric by Sharon Holland.
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/lny99pm1dix7zmw/Puss_In_Boots_-_Katmandu.mp3

From the 1996 production of "Linnea in Monet's Garden"

Impressionist Afternoon:
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/f2icvfnndc7nbqf/Impressionist_Afternoon.mp3

Bicycle ride:
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/1r9ll8qoxyc9ks8/22_bicycle.mp3


From "Dr. Seuss's The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" a collaboration with Timothy Mason.  Selections from the original production.

Opening. Wendy Lehr, John Peitzman, Stephen Boe.
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/0am2kedcvxv75m4/Cubbins_-_Nothing_Much_Happens.mp3

Magicians:
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/t5d1j8jgt00bsar/Cubbins_-_Magicians.mp3


"How Happy I Was" with Stephen Boe, Tom Dunn, John Peitzman
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/jr7cwrqj2e93pfn/Bartholomew_Cubbins_-_How_Happy_I_Was.mp3


"I Was Happy to Know You" with Garth Schumacher and John Peitzman.
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/gupdfi0udqzr8hq/Cubbins_-_I_Was_Happy_to_Know_You.mp3



Oh, dear Hiram -- we were so happy to know you! Thank you. God bless.


BONUS Music Tracks:


For several years, at holiday time, Hiram would appear at the piano in the the Grand Atrium of City Center in downtown Minneapolis and improvise themes on traditional Christmas carols. He recorded a number of these improvisations...


It Came Upon a Midnight Clear:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/mvxax1fibp147n6/01_It_Came_Upon_a_Midnight_Clear_1.mp3


The Holly and The Ivy:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/aydn1ouv0zdu1jy/02_The_Holly_and_the_Ivy_1.mp3


We Three Kings:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/ajarzt1fdjm09if/03_We_Three_Kings_1.mp3


Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/au2utaddh6a2jdo/04_Lo%2C_How_a_Rose_E%27er_Blooming_1.mp3


Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella...:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/bqwcepj7iy171jm/05_Bring_a_Torch%2C_Jeanette_Isabella_1.mp3


A Virgin Most Pure:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/u1s991v0yo1qjg6/06_A_Virgin_Most_Pure_1.mp3


Personent Hodie:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/bxve9a4n2jln279/07_Personent_Hodie_1.mp3


O Come, O Come Emmanuel:

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/ymsgd1mojffjdof/08_O_Come%2C_O_Come_Emmanuel_1.mp3


O Little Town of Bethlehem:


http://www.mediafire.com/listen/lvpdn7s7ncjeeya/09_O_Little_Town_of_Bethlehem_1.mp3






















Hiram as a new staff member at The Children's Theatre Company circa 1972.  Fair Oaks Park.
L to R: Wendy Lehr, Hiram Titus, Steven Rydberg, Rise Ferster, Christian Mulkey, Bain Boehlke.