Contents:  MUSIC  |  READINGS




Samuel Adler, Canto V

Canto V premiered in 1969 honoring the dedication of the new Interfaith Chapel at the University of Rochester. The two poems featured appear in Hyam Plutzik’s second collection, Apples from Shinar.

Samuel Adler’s Canto V, featuring text from poems in Hyam Plutzik’s Apples from Shinar, was premiered in 1969 at the dedication of the Interfaith Chapel at the University of Rochester. Samuel Adler, professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music, is the composer of over 400 published works, including 5 operas, 6 symphonies, 12 concerti, 9 string quartets, 5 oratorios, and many other orchestral, band, chamber, and choral works and songs. Adler has been awarded many prizes, including a 1990 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Charles Ives Award, the Lillian Fairchild Award, and a Special Citation from the American Foundation of Music Clubs.

Roger Briggs, An Equation

The poem “An Equation” is from Plutzik’s first collection, Aspects of Proteus.

Jeffery L. Briggs, Two Poems of Hyam Plutzik

The “two poems” used in this piece are “An Equation” (compare the stylistic differences between this and Roger Briggs’ rendition, above) and “Jim Desterland,” from Plutzik’s Apples from Shinar.

Robert Cohen, Of Eternity as a Closed System

The seven songs of Cohen’s cycle for orchestra and choir take their titles and lyrics from poems spanning Plutzik’s career. These recordings were made during a live performance by Westfield Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Chorale at Carnegie Hall in New York City, February 5, 2007.

Robert Cohen, Sprig of Lilac

The City of Rochester declared “Sprig of Lilac” the official poem of the Lilac Festival in 2002. Cohen sets the text to music for choir a capella.


Sung By Nora Plutzik, Composed By Shaun Zizi, Poem By Hyam Plutzik, Piano By Dash Reed, Violin By David Mix, Cello By Erik Urbina; July, 2015.




Selections from Horatio read by the poet, 1961 (1:32:57)

Listen to poet Hyam Plutzik speaking about and reading selections from his final published work Horatio, the long poem which would earn him finalist status for the Pulitzer Prize. Recorded in Rochester, New York.

“The Geese” by Hyam Plutzik, read by James Longenbach

This recording was made for Poets Walk, a part of the City of Rochester’s Art Walk Extension Enhancement Project, which is working to create a variety of public art and poetry installations along University Avenue near the Memorial Art Gallery.

After Looking Into a Book Belonging to My Great-Grandfather, Eli Eliakim Plutzik

William Corbett reads Hyam Plutzik, January 2015, Miami Beach, Florida.