NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music for Baritone, Vol. 1


20 songs for baritone and piano

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About the Anthology

Curated by baritone Michael Kelly, this collection of 20 art songs is ideal for active performers looking for exciting new repertoire, voice teachers searching for fresh contemporary songs for their studios, or student vocalists seeking out unique and culturally-relevant new works to fulfill 21st century repertoire requirements.

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!

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Songs in this volume

ComposerSong TitleAuthor of TextYear Composed
Victoria Bond Art and Science Albert Einstein 2001
Martin Bussey Mr. Hancock's Letter (from Garden Songs) Thomas Hancock 2005
D. Edward Davis merman (from two songs) Gerard Wozek 2012
Daniel Felsenfeld You Want a Social Life, With Friends Kenneth Koch 2007
Cara Haxo Alone Edgar Allen Poe 2014
Chia-Yu Hsu Whispers of Heavenly Death Walt Whitman 2000
David Leisner The Two Trees (from O Love is the Crooked Thing) WIlliam Butler Yeats 1980
Carrie Magin Mnemosyne Todd Hearon 2016
Allen McCullough The Happiest Day, the Happiest Hour (from Edgar Allan Poe Song Cycle) Edgar Allen Poe 2004
Ryan Molloy Innisfail Thomas Moore 2012
Ben Moore Love Remained Michael Kelly 2011
Gabrielle Owens The Water is Wide Traditional 2016
Paul Salerni Alley Cat Love Song (from Bad Pets) Dana Gioia 2008
Harry Stafylakis This Living Hand (from The Keats Cycle) John Keats 2007
Margaret Tesch-Muller There is a Solemn Wind Tonight (from Voices of a Northern Wind) Katherine Mansfield 2016
Craig Urquhart Among the Multitude (from Leaves) Walt Whitman 1986
Mark Weiser Looking Back at Spring Conrad Weiser 2001
Philip Wharton Rum Tum Tiddy-um (from Blooms Remembered) Carl Sandburg 2011
Scott Wheeler Commuter Buddhist Jeffrey Harrison 2014
David Wolfson Pizza or Chinese (from The Ballad of Unintended Consequences) David Wolfson 2015

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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.



A Note on Binding

To adhere to recommendations by the Music Library Association, and to aid in library shelving, the NewMusicShelf Anthologies are perfect bound books. Since perfect binding frequently prevents books from lying flat (which is especially helpful for pianists), you may choose to have the anthologies rebound for use in performance. Most copy shops are able to - quickly and cheaply - shave off the spine of a perfect bound book and rebind it with a coil/spiral. Coil binding is usually preferable to comb binding in this instance because coils preserve the pages better, and turn more quietly, provided that the coil is wide enough to accommodate page turns.

Additional information

Weight 0.875 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 1.3 in


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