The Newsletter of Composer/Pianist Haskell Small

Volume 2 Number 1imageSpring 2008


Haskell Small's Lullaby of War has been performed in several venues in the U.S. and Europe since its World Premiere performance by Soheil Nasseri on September 24, 2007 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall.

Reviewer Roberta Zlokower wrote about the premiere, "Lullaby of War is a work in rhythmic contrast, with sadness and despair in tonalities fusing with searing recitations of authentic poetry of war...(The piece) should be heard more often, for the listener to focus again and again on the fascinating, fresh details, and for the community at large to emotionally relate to the ravages of war, one so logistically distant, yet so psychically present in today's culture."

Following the New York Premiere, Soheil Nasseri presented the European Premiere with the composer narrating on October 9 at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Germany.

Next, three movements of the work, this time with the composer playing and narrating, were presented on November 21 as part of an American Music Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. The composer also performed as part of an ensemble that presented his 12 Snippets for flute, clarinet, cello and piano.

Then, after a break for the holidays, performances resumed with the Washington, D.C. Premiere, given by the composer on piano and narrators Brigadier General W. Leon Goodson, USAF (Retired) and Maryn Goodson, presented by Washington Conservatory of Music on March 15 at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

Most recently, the Washington International Piano Arts Council presented the second Washington, D.C. performance of Lullaby of War on April 5 at The Anderson House , 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. in Washington, D.C. The performance, part of The Anderson House 2008 Spring Piano Concert Series, will be given by the composer on piano and narrator/ Embassy Series Director Jerome Barry.


Mr. Small has written of the new work, "Lullaby of War is a setting of six war poems for piano and narrator. Its tone (the music and texts) is sardonic, with 2 seemingly opposite meanings implied. First, that we are still lulled into war despite the supposed development of "humanity" - this is definitively a piece against war. And second, the piece offers solace - a lullaby - in the form of the prayer sections that open the piece and interconnect the texts."

The piece will be recorded for a 2009 international release on Naxos and will no doubt be presented in many more venues around the world.


Haskell Small is very pleased to have joined the roster of Pamela Parsons Artists Management of Highland Park, Illinois. A new website and an even busier performance schedule will be developed for Mr. Small. Visit Parsons online at or call her at (847) 559-0302.


You can read Lisztian Sparkle, a marvelous interview with the composer in England's Music & Vision daily classical music webmagazine here.

There's also a marvelous article about the World Premiere performance of his Luncheon of the Boating Party at Washington D.C.'s Phillips Collection here and a review of his December 2007 D.C. performance of Federico Mompou's Musica Callada here


Until the new website is ready to launch, you can always find more information about Haskell Small, including a bio, list of compositions, piano performances and more, at You can also contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or

Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
Jeffrey James,   President
45 Grant Ave.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
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