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
|Composer||Song Title||Author of Text||Year Composed|
|John Arrigo-Nelson||Grapheme I after Cy Twombly||Sappho, Catallus, Giorgos Seferis, Percy Bysshe Shelley||2017|
|Paul Ayres||The Best-Beloved||Frances Quarles||2005|
|Clint Borzoni||Oh You||Walt Whitman||2010|
|Mark Buller||Mr. Peck (from The Tombstone Songs)||Anonymous||2015|
|Martin Bussey||Lovely Playthings (from Gurney Songs)||Ivor Gurney||2005|
|Emerson Eads||He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven||W. B. Yeats||2013|
|Evan Fein||Lullaby for a Baby Fairy (from Summer of Love)||Joyce Kilmer||2011|
|Daniel Felsenfeld||Dry Sandwiches||Kate Gale||2007|
|Jodi Goble||The Storm (from The Heart of the World)||Sara Teasdale||2016|
|Juliana Hall||Song (from Night Dances)||Emily Brontë||1987|
|Gordon Kerry||Canto of the Leaves (Empyrean) (from Five Cantos from The Divine Comedy)||John Kinsella||2011|
|Joshua Lindsay||Fall, Leaves, Fall||Emily Brontë||2012|
|Cecilia Livingston||Penelope||Cecilia Livingston||2014|
|Ray Lustig||The Silvery Round Moon||Walt Whitman||2008|
|Carrie Magin||Be Music, Night||Kenneth Patchen||2011|
|James Matheson||Clouds Ripped Open (from Times Alone)||Antonio Machado||2012|
|James Primosch||Every Day is a God||Annie Dillard||1999|
|Behzad Ranjbaran||It is night (from Three Persian Songs)||Nima Yushij||1988|
|William Toutant||Le Pont Mirabeau||Guillaume Apollinaire||2016|
|Theodore Wiprud||Elegy Before Death (from For Allegra)||Edna St. Vincent Millay||2010|
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.