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Women - by and about

Dear Listers,
Thank you for your numerous responses! I am encouraged to hear that so
many people are interested and have been compiling information on Women
and Music. The following lists are of websites, sources, etc. for Women
and Music and literature suggestions. Best of Luck to all of you as you
start the school year!



There's a wondeful piece by Gwyneth Walker called The Right To Vote.
I don't know how hard it is. Her website is

and her email is walkermuse(a)

ECSchirmer is her publisher.

David Griggs-Janower


Mark Foster Music Company
P.O.Box 4012
Champaign IL 61824-4012
Ph: 217-398-2760 or 800-359-1386
Fax 217-398-2791


My wife is Linda Spevacek, she has been writing choral music for 20+years,
currently has over 400 published pieces and as near as I can tell has sold
over 3,000,000 copies of her music.

Warren Avery for
Linda Spevacek-Avery

Please check out the Repertoire section on ChoralNet. It has many
listings of pieces in all those categories.

Allen H Simon
Soli Deo Gloria


I am the editor of Treble Clef Music Press, a niche press which publishes
choral music for women's and treble choirs only, with an emphasis on women
composers. I publish everything from Hildegard of Bingen to music that
written last year. Everything I publish celebrates women, one way or

Mary Lycan
Treble Clef Music Press


My Community Choir did a CD a year or so back of all music by women
See our web site at


R. Paul Drummond, Director
Columbia Choral Ensemble


Here are some other web sites to check out.
Arsis Press, Concert Music by Women Composers
Theodore Presser Company
Clar Non Editions, Early Music by Women
Culver Crest Publications
Hildegard Publishing Company
MMB Music
Treble Clef Music Press
Yelton Rhodes
Zae Munn (composer)



Music, when soft voices die (Shelley)
Set me as a seal (Song of Solomon)
The first is a setting of the lovely old
Southern Folksong and it is arranged by a woman, Ruth Artman. "Aura Lee"
published by Hinshaw HMC-1199 SSA with an optional flute part. The other
is "Summer Night" words and music by Jane Foster Knox. SSAA, also published
by Hinshaw HMC-591. The women of my choir enjoy doing both of these and
they have been well received by audiences.
Try the Missa Brevis by Nancy Telfer for SSA. It is a beautiful setting of
the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei sections of the mass. For a
recording, check out the performance by the Elektra Womens Chorus on the
disc, Classic Elektra. This is available through Musical Resources -
Ben Allaway's arr. of Buffy St. Marie's song "The Dream Tree" is
talks about women rocking their babies while they look out to sea for
husbands' ships to come in from whaling. piano, oboe, SSA. Warner Bros.
P.O. Box 182, Ojai, CA 93024-0182

1. Yelton Rhodes Press, Los Angeles, 1-(888) -4-YR-MUSIC
Three texts by Sue Carroll Moore:
•Spring Song SSA/TTB
•Well of Loneliness SSAA/TTBB
•Glimmering Girl SSAA, Small Chamber Ensemble
To a text by Doreen Valiente:
•Charge of the Star Goddess SSA, Harp,Drum,2 Flutes
To texts of Hildegard of Bingen:
•Ideo * SSAA, Vibraphone,Marimba
•Hodie * SSATB
Four Settings of Ancient Christmas Carols:
•In Dulci Jubilo SSAA 2 Flutes, Drum
•I Saw Three Ships SAA, Flute, Piano
•From Heaven Above (Susanni) SAA, Flute, Drum, Wood block
•Angels We Have Heard on High SSAA

•Liebst Du um Schönheit SSAA and Descant Oboe (arr. of a Lied by Clara

2. Treble Clef Music Press, Chapel Hill, N.C. (919) 932-5455
To a text of Hildegard of Bingen:
•Hodie SSSAA (Mary Lycan: "A significant contribution to women's music"

3. Life Mission Press, Ojai, CA 93024
•Na Maria Soprano/(or S.),Bieiris de Romans, Viola, Bell,Percussion
(Commission for IAWM Conference)

•O Virtus Sapientie*** SSA, Marimba, Vibraphone (HvBingen) (Commission
the University of Vermont)

•Gloria SSAA/SATB , Percussion, Chimes, (2nd Prize, Ojai Camarata
Choral Competition, 1999)

•Sing Out Sing Out! SATB, percussion, (Commissioned by Lexington Mens
and Sistersong)
To a Text Of Julian of Norwich:
•All Shall Be Well** SSA, Flute, Horn, Bell Text by Julian of Norwich
(Commissioned by St. Thomas College in Iowa)

For All Soul’s Day:
•Now You Go To Gentle Rest** SA, Hand bells (Commissioned by St. Thomas
More Church), Austin, TX

•Diva Divine** TTBB, Sax(Commissioned by Portland Gay Men’s Chorus)

In Progress:
•Requiem for a Mother SSAA with Small Chamber Ensemble (Grant from
Thanks Be to Grandmother Foundation) Premiere in May,2000 in Ventura, CA

•Herbsttag SATB, To a text by R.M. Rilke
•Christmas Hodie SSA
•Marriage of True Minds SATB(commissioned by Harmony Chorus,Boulder,CO)
•Death Be Not Proud TTBB To a text by John Donne

*Can be performed together as triptych
Mindy Bogue
Marketing Assistant

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Thanksgiving Song
A Simple Magnificat

Diana Burrell
Ave Verum Corpus

Janice Bullard
The Christmas Miracle

Zollene Reissner
A Reason to Sing
Fairest Lord

Martha Schmidt
Ave Maria

Sharon Elery Rogers
Sing Praise to Him (arr.)
In Remembrance of Him

Emma Lou Diemer
Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates

Chen Yi
Sakura, Sakura (Japanese)
Arirang (Korean)
A Set of Chinese Folksongs (in 3 volumes, Chinese)

Melinda Wagner
Ancient Music

MUSIC ABOUT WOMEN (SATB unless otherwise indicated)
Blessed Be That Maid Marie - Old English/Harris
The Brisk Young Widow - English/Welds
Cindy - American/Ehret (SATB, SAB, or SA)
Daughter of Zion - Handel/Ehret (SAB)
Fare You Well, Mary Ann - Trad./Emlen
Magie and Milly and Molly and May - Persichetti/text: cummings
Happy Birthday, Beth - Schickele
I Know an Old Layd - Amer./Ehret (SATB or SAB)
I Saw a Fair Maiden - Holmes
I Sing of a Maiden - Jeffreys (SA)
Lady Mary - Lane (SA)
Marie - Poulenc/Hess
The Mermaid - Whitworth
A Mother's Love - Allen (SAB)
My Bonnie Lass She Smileth - Morley/Dorff (SSA, SAB or TB)
She is So Dear - Praetorious
Who Is Sylvia - P.D.Q. Bach/Schickele
Spice She Brought and Sweet Perfume - Robinson
You might want to look at the vocal works by Deon Nielsen Price. I was in
Mu Phi Epsilon Choir at Convention last August and we sang her "Up, My
Neighbour, Come Way" arranged for SSA/Piano. Published by Culver Crest
Publications, Culver City, CA. Her works are "vocally friendly." I think
your students might enjoy her compositions as well as getting to know a
modern woman composer.
1. "Consiglio amoroso"-SAB- by Barbara Strozzi (1610-1664), ed. by
Carolyn Raney, published by Broude Brothers Limited of New York #MW2. It
to be part of a collection published by Broude called "Nine Centuries of
Music by Women". You could contact Broude publishers to get a listing of
other selections in this collection. The Music Mart of Albuquerque choral
staff can be reached via an 800 phone number that I don't have at my house.
They can give you the phone # of Broude publishers and may even having
the listing of pieces in this collection.

2. "Nova, Nova, Ave Fit Ex Eva" SATB by Wiliametta Spencer, a cappella,
published by National Music Publishers, WHC Series No. 13. This piece is
absolutely beautiful.

3. "Three Madrigals" - SATB by Emma Lou Diemer. Published by Boosey &
Hawkes, #5417. Text is based on Shakespeare--My students enjoyed
thiiscollection last year. Two years ago New Mexico's All State Women's
Choir performed another excellent selection by Emma Lou Diemer entitled
"Prairie Spring".

4. My Women's Choir last year performed "The River Sleeps Beneath the
Sky" by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. The girls voted it their favorite piece of
O Pastor Animarum (Antiphon 61) Hildegard von Bingen
(source: Hildegard Press)
Sequentia de Sancto Maximino Hildegard von Bingen
(source: Hildegard Press)
Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary arr Richard Wood
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis Orlando Gibbons
An die Ferne Geliebte a transcription of the Beethoven
Gartenlieder (Garden Songs, Op 3) Fanny Mendelssohn Henzel
Three Madrigals Emma Lou Diemer
Folk Songs and Hymns Alice Parker
incl: 1) Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
2) Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal
3) Come Away to the Skies
4) Wondrous Love
5) Saints Bound for Heaven
If your choir is up to it, it would be great for them to experience one of
our first women composers, Hildegard von Bingen. Not only was she a
but also a scientist, herbalist, botanist, and teacher. Her chant can be
found in many places. It is challenging but would be a great experience,
especially for your women!
a set of 4 choral pieces of mine, "Four Lewis Carroll Songs". They
can be performed as a set, or individually. Recently, they were done at
Washington state All-State Choir by the high school SATB group, and the
loved doing them.

They are published by
Jaymar Music, Ltd.
P.O. Box 2191 ¨ London, Ontario N6A 4E3
(519) 672-7369

Christina Rosetti's, "In the Bleak Midwinter", by Katherine Davis. That
way you get both a female poet and composer. It is a moderately difficult
Christmas piece.

on January 15, 2005 10:00pm
Does anyone have any suggestions for SSA pieces about Mothers/Daughters/Sisters?