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Items by Brian Holmes

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Comment: Re: repertoire suggestions - famous poetry
Dear Clarence:   Here are some pieces of that would suit your theme.         •The Cat and the Moon.  Poem: W. B. Yeats.  Unaccompanied.  Published by the NCCO Choral series.  You may look at a score (or purchase scores) here. Yeats may be known to your audience, but maybe not this p...
Comment: Re: Music for women's choir and trumpet
Hi Cricket:   I have composed Three Shakespeare Songs for SSA, trumpet, and piano.  The songs are Hark, hark the lark; Blow, blow, thou winter wind; Orpheus with his lute. Written for a Children's Chorus, but suitable for women's voices.  A score and recording of Orpheus are on the Composit...
Comment: Re: songs celebrating darkness at time of solstice....
Dear Jane:   Check out my a cappella piece The Shortest Day.  Susan Cooper wrote the poem for this setting.  It won the Amadeus Choir (of Toronto) annual seasonal song-writing contest a couple of years ago.  William Thorpe will publish it soon.   A score and recording are on the Composers ...
Comment: Re: easy two part christmas pieces secular and sacred for middle school choirs.... SUGGESTIONS
Carol of the Field Mice, my setting of a poem from Wind in the Willows, is SA plus piano; secular; published by William Thorpe.  Visit here to see bits of the score and hear bits of a performance. Let me know if you have any questions.   Brian Holmes
Comment: Re: Christmas: the excitement of the Birth
I have composed a setting of Eleanor Farjeon's poem Mary's Burden. You can read the poem here.  If it suits your needs, I would be glad to send you a copy of the score.  The setting is SATB; another version (soprano, strings, solo oboe, and a few other winds) exists; I could adjust it so that...
Comment: Re: SUGGESTIONS FOR SA / SSA / SSAA WORKS FOR WEDDINGS, MEMORIALS, ETC.
Der Lark:   You might consider my Let Evening Come, SSAA and piano. William Thorpe is about to publish an octavo version; he already publishes an SATB version, but I prefer the women's voices.  (He has also produced a print-on-demand version  of the treble setting, but that may be hard to o...
Comment: Re: Looking for an SATB Halloween piece for HS Choir
If you're not done whittling, you might look at my setting of Cummings' poem hist whist. You can find a recording and score here.  (This is from the Schola Cantorum on Hudson Project: Encore data base.  the piece is the second one on the recording.   Cheers, Brian Holmes
Comment: Re: Shakespeare texts?
I can offer you several pieces.     Three Shakespeare Songs SSA, trumpet, piano. •Hark, Hark, the Lark •Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind •Orpheus with his Lute.       Originally written for children's chorus, suitable for women.          Orpheus has been posted on the Composers Sh...
PDF Document: Ilentsay Ightnay
Comment: Re: Music for Women's Voices on theme of Autumn/Evening
Gretchen:   It's a special order item.  (And it will be among Thorpe's regular publications later.)  I have a bunch on hand - let me know your snail mail address.   Brian horncabbage(at)aol.com
Comment: Re: Music for Women's Voices on theme of Autumn/Evening
Joshua:   Consider Let Evening Come, my setting of Jane Kenyon's wonderful poem. SSAA plus piano.  William Thorpe publishes it; available as a Custom Print Edition (No. 392-03080).  A more standard octavo edition will be published later this year.  A video of a performance by the Peninsula...
Comment: Re: Query re music on saints' names
Get a score to Virgil Thompson's Four Saints in Three Acts and do some passages for solo and chorus.  How many saints are there in it? More than a score.  How many acts are there in it?  Only four.   BH
Comment: Re: Women's Choir and Brass ensemble
Jackie:   Pinkham's Christmas Cantata is available for trebles and brass in addition to the more familiar mixed chorus and brass version.   cheers, Brian Holmes
Comment: Re: Maya Angelou texts set to music
Jennifer:   Runestad set Dunbar's poem, not Angelou's The Caged Bird Sings of Freedom. I received permission to compose a setting of Angelou's poem, but the  permission did not include the right to publish or to perform the piece.  When it won a contest, I had to forfeit the prize when Rando...
Comment: Re: Winter Holidays Around the World
I have composed The Shortest Day.  It is about the Winter Solstice. It will be published by William Thorpe later this year.  Meanwhile, you can find more information in the Composers Showcase, here.   Let me know if you have any questions, Brian Holmes
Comment: Re: Children's Choir songs about STARS
Tania:  Here are two pieces of mine that might suit.        •The Cricket Sang (SA + Piano).  2:25.  The poem is by Emily Dickinson.  You may read it here.  It doesn't mention stars, but it is about sunset and the onset of evening.  You need a sunset before you can see any stars!  ...
Comment: Re: BEST SATB Christmas Music with Harp
Hi Nancy.   I have composed The Shephed and the King for SATB + harp.  The poem is by Eleanor Farjeon.  This carol won the Welcome Christmas! contest of VocalEssence.  They have recorded it.  You can sample (or purchase) their recording here.  It is published by William Thorpe.  Score pa...
Comment: Re: Winter songs?
Kevin:   You might look at The Shortest Day.  It treats the day of the Winter solstice without mentioning Christmas.  You can look at a score and listen to the  piece at the Composers Showcase here.  SATB unaccompanied.  It won the Amadeus Choir's Seasonal Song-writing contest in 2011.  ...
Comment: Re: Darkness and Light Concert
Tod:   Consider my piece The Shortest Day.  You can look at a score and listen to the piece on the Composers Showcase here.  Mixed chorus  a cappella.  For details, visit here.   Cheers, Brian Holmes
Comment: Re: Looking for snow/winter songs/arrangements
Dear Phyllis:   You might consider my piece The Shortest Day.  It is about the turning of the Winter Solstice.  Not sacred.  (In fact, it was sung this past season by the Denver Pagan.)  The poem is by Susan Cooper.  This piece won the  Amadeus Choir (Toronto) Seasonal Song-writing Cont...
Comment: Re: Adding more instruments that just piano
Dear Heaterh:   I am a horn player who has played this and other pieces by Paul Basler.   How you rehearse with the the horn depends on how good the horn player is and how important you think it is for the singers to get used to the  horn.  I am a professional level player and think that tw...
Comment: Re: 'Minor' major work for Christmas Eve
I suggest Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata, which can be performed with four brass players and organ. Nine minutes.     I have written a significant amount (about an hour) of Christmas music for chorus and brass quintet. (Also with timpani, but that can be skipped.)  These pieces are assemb...
Comment: Re: Choral Composition Question
Congratulations, Elizabeth!  My first competition winner led to my first publication,  over twenty years ago.   Your should visit the website of Santa Barbara Music and purchase Barbara Harlow's book How to get your choral composition published.  Here is a link.   The book is full of wisd...
Comment: Re: Major Work for 6th grade choir?
Jean:   I have written two extended works that might suit.  Each was written for and premiered by a fifth/sixth grade choir.   Joyful Noise is a group of four settings of insect poems by Paul Fleischman, from his book of the same title.     1. Water Striders     2. The Moth's Serena...
Comment: Re: Pinkham Christmas Cantata
Corey:   I have two extended Christmas works that might be of use.   Come Christmas is a dozen carol settings of Eleanor Farjeon.  Chorus, two soloists.  Scored for Mozart-sized orchestra. Excerpts possible.  Some of the numbers have been published by thorpe: visit http://www.thorpemusic....
Comment: Re: SSA - SSAA themed music "Sing for Life"
Laurie:   If you think Shakespeare's poem Orpheus with his Lute may suit your theme, consider my setting for SSA, trumpet, and piano.  Score and recording are available here.   Brian Holmes
Comment: Re: Chirstmas Literature for Church Choirs
I have composed Come Christmas.  It is a cycle of a dozen carols on poems of Eleanor Farjon.  For chorus, soprano and baritone soloists, and chamber orchestra.  (2222/2200/perc/timp/hp/str)  Duration: half an hour.  Three of the numbers have been published by Thorpe: visit here and look fo...
Comment: Re: Winter Concert Repertoire
Consider The Shortest Day, my setting of a poem Susan Cooper wrote for me. It is a solstice piece; it won the Amadeus Choir Seasonal Song Writing Contest a couple of years ago.  You can look at a score and hear a recording here. Contact me if you need more information.  Have a splendid concert....
Comment: Re: up tempo short piece by a poet
Hi Craig:   You might look at my 4 e e cummings songs to see if any of them would suit your needs.  They are a capella, between 2 and 3 minutes long, medum difficulty.  The set has won several composition contests.  Not in print yet. You may see scores and listen to the music at PROJECT:EN...
Comment: Re: christmas composition with brass quintet and percussion
Jonathan:   I have composed a cycle of carols called Now is the Time.  It is for chorus, baritone solo, brass quintet, and timpani.  The words are mostly medieval, modernized.  The whole set lasts 50 minutes (16 numbers), but you could choose whatever numbers suit your needs.  (And if fif...
Comment: Re: Unusual Christmas arrangements
Phyllis:   Here is a description of some of my Christmas music.  These are all original settings.   I saw a fair maiden, unaccompanied, medieval text.  Published by Thorpe.       Winner, Amadeus Choir Contest The Brown Birds, unaccompanied, poem of Eleanor Farjeon.  Published by Thorpe...
Comment: Re: Women's Choir pieces about singing, songs, etc.
Hi Jenn:   Please consider my piece  I shall keep singing!  SSA(A) and harp, though piano works too.   Poem of Emily Dickinson.  Published by William Thorpe.  You can look at sample pages and hear  snippet here.  The piece has been recorded by the San Francisco Girls Chorus.  You can ...
Comment: Re: Using an iPad for conducting
Call me old fashioned, but I have found that a baton works so much better than an iPad for conducting.  Just sayin'.   Brian
Comment: Re: Christmas Seasonal Chorus with Brass Quintet Possibilities
Finley!   I have composed Now is the Time, a carol cycle for chorus, baritone solo, brass quintet and timpani.  It is possible to skip the timp.  The music is original; the words are mostly medieval, modernized.   There is more music in this set (16 numbers) than most groups care to perfor...
Comment: Re: Unusual Christmas arrangements
Phyllis:   Do you mean novel arrangements of familiar carols, or would new carols be acceptable? What accompaniment(s) do you have in mind?   Cheers, Brian Holmes
Comment: Re: Serious Food Songs
Metra:   You might consider Ghosts' Grace, my setting of a poem by Paul Fleischman. It's from his book Big Talk.  Duration 5 min.  Not difficult, but through composed.  The words are a discussion among ghosts as they peer through the windows at a family eating dinner.  Despite this premise...
Comment: Re: Holiday Music
Matthew:   You didn't indicate whether you want accompanied or a cappella pieces. If you are willing an original piece (as opposed to a traditional one that your audience would recognize) consider my piece The Shepherd and  the King.  It is SATB plus harp, though piano works well.  A bit o...
Comment: Re: Choral chestnuts
Jocelyn:   Forgive me!   I'm not a choral director, but a composer.  But when I am asked to choose a piece of mine for Christmas, it's The Shepherd and the King.  (Of course, this won't be suitable if your plan is to perform NO Christmas Music in December.)  It won the Wecome Christmas! con...
Comment: Re: Extended SATB Choral Works for Holiday Season for University Choir
Rachel:   I have written two pieces that might be of interest.   Now is the Time is a cycle of settings of various texts (mostly medieval) for baritone, chorus, accompanied by brass quintet and timpani.  (There is also an orchestral accompaniment available.)  If you are limited to 20-30 mi...
Comment: Re: Choral repertoire suggestions?
Jonathan:   I suggest you consider The Shortest Day.  It's seasonal - a winter solstice piece -  perhaps the end of November isn't too early.  The poem is by Susan Cooper. The piece won a the seasonal song-writing contest of the Amadeus Choir  (Toronto) in 2011.  Click here to peruse a sc...
Comment: Re: Choral Composition Competitions?
Here is the ACF opportunity listing http://composersforum.org/opportunities-upcoming I discover that I no longer have access at composerssite.   BH
Comment: Re: Choral Composition Competitions?
Sarah:   I regularly check out two opportunity listings: www.composerssite.com, and the American Composers Forum opportunities listings. You must join the ACF to see the full listings; but the listings offer very brief summary information which non-members can view, sufficient to locate the ...
Comment: Re: Christmas repertoire
 Dear Adrian:   I invite you to consider some of my Christmas music.     Come Christmas is a wreath of a dozen carols based on poems of Eleanor Farjeon. SATB plus soloists, orchestration 2222/2200/harp/perc/timp/strings.  30 minutes. I will write a reduced orchestration once someone asks ...
Comment: Re: music for women's voices and clarinet
Hi Cricket!   Look at my Pie Jesu.  It's published by Santa Barbara; you can look at the score and listen here.  I wrote it for SSA and horn (no piano), but it can also be done with clarinet or cello.  Of course, I am a horn player, so you know which version I prefer!   Cheers, Brian Ho...
Comment: Re: Theme of light/day and darkness/night
Please consider two piece I have written.   Let Evening Come is my setting of Jane Kenyon's poem. You may read the poem here.   It has been published by William Thorpe; you may visit here to look at the score and listen to a bit of a recording.  There are also youtube performances of the ...
Comment: Re: Request for contacts and suggestions for research in Argentina
I suggest you contact Martin Benvenuto.  He conducts the Peninsula Women's Chorus and WomenSing in the San Francisco Bay area.  He comes from Buenos Aires, and may have suggestions about how to procede with your project.  If you are on  Facebook, you can contact him through https://www.faceb...
Comment: Re: Calculate Voice Attack Time using MATLAB Software
Why not contact the author(s) of the article(s) you mention?   Brian Holmes
Comment: Re: Holiday repertoire for children's choir and orchestra
Judith:   You might consider my piece A Christmas Lullaby.  It is SA plus oboe and strings. The poem is by Eleanor Farjeon.  The version with piano accompaniment is published by William Thorpe.  You may look at the score of that version here.   I can send you a recording and orchestra sc...
Comment: Re: What are great pieces for 9th grade SSA choir?
Ann Marie!   I have written some pieces you might consider.   I shall keep singing! is SSA + piano (originally harp.)  The poem is  by Emily Dickinson.  William Thorpe publishes it.  You can look at the score here.  It has been recorded by the San Francisco Girls Chorus. You c...
PDF Document: Holmes - The Mermaid