NewMusicShelf Anthology of New Music for Soprano, Vol. 1


20 songs for soprano and piano

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About the Anthology

Curated by soprano Laura Strickling, 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!

Songs in this volume

ComposerSong TitleAuthor of TextYear Composed
John Arrigo-NelsonGrapheme I after Cy TwomblySappho, Catallus, Giorgos Seferis, Percy Bysshe Shelley2017
Paul AyresThe Best-BelovedFrances Quarles2005
Clint BorzoniOh YouWalt Whitman2010
Mark BullerMr. Peck (from The Tombstone Songs)Anonymous2015
Martin BusseyLovely Playthings (from Gurney Songs)Ivor Gurney2005
Emerson EadsHe Wishes for the Cloths of HeavenW. B. Yeats2013
Evan FeinLullaby for a Baby Fairy (from Summer of Love)Joyce Kilmer2011
Daniel FelsenfeldDry SandwichesKate Gale2007
Jodi GobleThe Storm (from The Heart of the World)Sara Teasdale2016
Juliana HallSong (from Night Dances)Emily Brontë1987
Gordon KerryCanto of the Leaves (Empyrean) (from Five Cantos from The Divine Comedy)John Kinsella2011
Joshua LindsayFall, Leaves, FallEmily Brontë2012
Cecilia LivingstonPenelopeCecilia Livingston2014
Ray LustigThe Silvery Round MoonWalt Whitman2008
Carrie MaginBe Music, NightKenneth Patchen2011
James MathesonClouds Ripped Open (from Times Alone)Antonio Machado2012
James PrimoschEvery Day is a GodAnnie Dillard1999
Behzad RanjbaranIt is night (from Three Persian Songs)Nima Yushij1988
William ToutantLe Pont MirabeauGuillaume Apollinaire2016
Theodore WiprudElegy Before Death (from For Allegra)Edna St. Vincent Millay2010

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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

Weight0.875 lbs
Dimensions11.5 × 8.5 × 0.3 in


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