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
|The Salutation (from The Light Walking)
|At Any Given Moment (from Modern Love Songs)
|In The Golden Afternoon (from Within the Looking Glass)
|Inebriate of Air
|Like men and women (from Songs of Insects and Animals)
|June (from The Poet’s Calendar)
|Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
|Her Final Show
|Princess Stories (from Somewhere, Love)
|Joel E. Jacobson
|Like the dove (from Nostalgia)
|Love and Friendship (from Confiding)
|Tuesdays and Thursdays (from Snapshots)
|Frank J. Oteri
|Black is the Color (from Three Folk Songs)
|If Thou’lt Be Mine (from Three Poems of Thomas Moore)
|John Anderson, My Jo (from And He’ll Be Mine)
|Here The Frailest Leaves of Me (from Leaves)
|Let Me Play the Fool (from Fools)
|Night (from Heaven and Earth)
|When First I Loved You (from Six Love Songs)
About the Curator
Dennis Tobenski is a composer of acoustic new music, a vocalist, and a strong advocate for new music and for the interests of living composers.
Dennis’s Only Air, a 20-minute work for high voice and orchestra memorializing the gay teenagers who have taken their own lives in recent years, was commissioned by the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, and has been performed in a chamber version by The Secret Opera in New York and members of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.
Called a “dynamic vocalist” by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times, and “a skillful and sensitive singer who shapes phrases and renders text with expert care” by Gregory Berg of Journal of Singing, Dennis’s focus as a vocalist is primarily on the works of the 21st and late 20th centuries. He has premiered works by David Del Tredici, Chester Biscardi, Ricky Ian Gordon, Darien Shulman, and Hadar Noiberg, among others.
In February 2016, he and pianist Marc Peloquin released their first album together, a disc of 19 art songs by living American composers titled And He’ll Be Mine, which features works by David Del Tredici, Chester Biscardi, Zachary Wadsworth, Darien Shulman, and Dennis Tobenski.
Dennis hosts the Music Publishing Podcast and The Composer’s Guide to Doing Business: two music business-centered podcasts aimed at helping composers and performers to learn more about the practical aspects of their careers.
He is also the founder of NewMusicShelf, an online marketplace devoted to bringing together performers of new music and independently-published composers by offering a platform for composers to sell digital editions of their works.
Dennis received his B.Mus. in Vocal Performance and Music Theory & Composition from Illinois State University, and his M.A. in Music Composition from The City College of New York.
His principal teachers have included David Del Tredici, Chester Biscardi, and David Feurzeig. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Composers Now, and the Board of Directors of the KeyedUp MusicProject. Dennis lives in New York City with his husband Darien Scott Shulman and their cat Pistachio. www.dennistobenski.com