NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music for Mezzo-Soprano, Vol. 1

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20 songs for mezzo-soprano and piano

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About the Anthology

Curated by mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen, 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, composed exclusively 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

ComposerSong TitleAuthor of TextYear Composed
Michael BetteridgeFirst Time He Kissed MeElizabeth Browning2012
Mark BullerFrom the unreal (from To the Soul: Five Sacred Songs)The Upanishads2017
Stephen DeCesareSister MaudeChristina Rossetti2015
Douglas Fisklove is a place (from Three Songs)e.e. cummings2003
Matt FreyWithout A ThornMatt Frey2017
Jodi GobleI would live in your love (from Three Teasdale Songs)Sara Teasdale2013
Ricky Ian GordonLet Evening Come (from Late Afternoon)Jane Kenyon2007
Cara HaxoIm HarrenStefan George2016
Cameron LamDeath (from Fragments of Solitude)Luis de Gongora/Edith Grossman2015
Cecilia LivingstonGive Me Your HandDuncan McFarlane2015
Shona MackaySilent Noon (from Three Songs)D.G. Rossetti2016
Tony ManfredoniaPrairie DawnWilla Cather2017
Nicole MurphyAir StirsBashō2016
Eric PazdzioraThief's Song (from The Accidental Feast of the Holy Fool)Jane Yolen2013
Frances PollockScheherazadeRichard Siken2016
Julia SeeholzerPrayer at my parting (from Portraits of Disquiet)Kendall A.2016
Alan ThiesenLook Down Fair MoonWalt Whitman2017
Dennis TobenskiGood BonesMaggie Smith2017
Moe TouizrarDark Pines Under WaterGwendolyn MacEwen2003
Ed WindelsBlackbird EtudeA.E. Stallings2015

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About the Curator

Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen is a tireless promoter of contemporary classical music for the voice. Her performances thrive on elaborate sound worlds and fully-developed dramatic interpretations. Megan recently debuted on the Oh My Ears Festival, SPLICE Festival, Omaha Under the Radar, Detroit New Music “Strange Beautiful Music Marathon”, the Works and Process at the Guggenheim series, and with NYC-based Stone Mason Projects. Her 'This World of Yes' recital featuring 21st Century compositions with saxophonist and composer, Alan Theisen, has traveled to over a dozen cities in the US. Her recording of Garrett Schumann’s “Bound” with Latitude 49 was selected for both the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Fall 2015 Mixtape and the CarpeDM Seize Des Moines “Music Mix: Volume III” featured at the 2016 SXSW Festival. Learn more about Megan at meganihnen.com.

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Weight0.875 lbs
Dimensions11 × 8.5 × 0.3 in

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