Song in the Courtyad is the composer's musical evocation of a spot on the Ausable River in the Adirondacks.
Born in 1942 in New York City, James Park received his B.A. and Ph.D from Yale University. He taught English and Music at Millbrook School from 1964-68, at which time he joined the faculty of Bennett College in Millbrook, NY. He became Dean and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Bennett College in 1973, and occupied that post until the College closed in 1977. At that point, he turned to composing full-time, after a period of study with the late Elie Siegmeister.
William Anderson is the guitarist. Anderson is known for his performances of modernist icons like Milton Babbitt and Elliott Carter. Anderson has known Jamie Park for 25 years or more, and has followed his work as a composer over the years. Anderson considers Song in the Courtyard one of James Park's masterpieces.