The Coming of Spring (2014)

Monodrama for tenor with flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet, horn, bassoon, and piano. 36 mins.

A dramatic work in one act with libretto by Nell Shaw Cohen based on the writings and paintings of Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967).

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Performance & Development History

Semi-staged workshop production of full score. Featuring David Rosenmeyer, conductor; Herschel Garfein, stage director; and Tyler Lee, tenor. NYU Provincetown Playhouse, New York NY, 4/29/14.

Excerpt “Collecting” performed on recital by Tyler Lee, tenor, and Ben Baker, piano. NYU Black Box Theatre, New York NY, 5/19/14.

Excerpt “Prologue: Two Hollows” performed by Tyler Lee, tenor, and Alice Hargrove, piano. UrbanAnimals NYU, NYU Provincetown Playhouse, New York NY,  11/24/14.

Press Clippings

The East Hampton Star, ‘The Coming of Spring’ on monodrama workshop at NYU’s The Provincetown Playhouse. (4/22/14)


“Nell Shaw Cohen deserves superlative praise for her compositions inspired by art, particularly her understanding of [painter] Charles E. Burchfield’s rapport with nature.” —Nancy Weekly, Head of Collections and Curator, Burchfield Penney Art Center