About the Anthology
These songs, which were predominantly composed in the 21st century, represent a broad range of compositional styles from composers living and writing today, and were curated for intermediate through advanced voices. Many of the songs in this volume are excerpted from larger cycles of songs, available directly from the composers.
The NewMusicShelf Anthologies of New Music are a bold, new publishing initiative aimed at bringing new and unknown composers and repertoire to student and professional performers alike. With an emphasis on works not found in the traditional publishing ecosystem, each volume is curated by performers who have a reputation for championing new music, with an eye toward selecting works with a range of styles and difficulties that are suitable for concert and recital performance.
With this innovative mode of publishing, NewMusicShelf advocates for self-published composers in a way previously unheard of in the realm of classical music: all self-published composers retain full ownership of their work while earning a generous royalty on every sale. Your support of this project directly benefits these composers, and also helps NewMusicShelf to continue to promote the works of the many excellent composers writing today. We encourage you to explore these composers' catalogs in greater depth, and hope that these songs inspire many fruitful and rewarding collaborations!
Songs in this volume
|Author of Text
|Art and Science
|Mr. Hancock's Letter (from Garden Songs)
|D. Edward Davis
|merman (from two songs)
|You Want a Social Life, With Friends
|Edgar Allen Poe
|Whispers of Heavenly Death
|The Two Trees (from O Love is the Crooked Thing)
|WIlliam Butler Yeats
|The Happiest Day, the Happiest Hour (from Edgar Allan Poe Song Cycle)
|Edgar Allen Poe
|The Water is Wide
|Alley Cat Love Song (from Bad Pets)
|This Living Hand (from The Keats Cycle)
|There is a Solemn Wind Tonight (from Voices of a Northern Wind)
|Among the Multitude (from Leaves)
|Looking Back at Spring
|Rum Tum Tiddy-um (from Blooms Remembered)
|Pizza or Chinese (from The Ballad of Unintended Consequences)
About the Curator
Baritone Michael Kelly is an accomplished artist whose insightful interpretations, silken voice, and expressive use of language have garnered him comparison to such icons of song repertoire as Matthias Goerne and Gérard Souzay.
Mr. Kelly’s wide-ranging musical curiosity led him to co-found SongFusion, an ensemble dedicated to collaboration between singers and instrumentalists, dancers, actors, and visual artists. Mr. Kelly has won prizes in several prominent competitions, including first prizes in 2013’s Poulenc Competition and 2011’s Joy in Singing. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard, and was a member of the Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zurich.