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Male chorus and American poets

Im looking for pieces with the text by American poets . I have quite a few ideas but was hoping to find something for male chorus with text by Emily Dickenson. I have quite a bit with Robert Frost ,Walt Whitman, e e Cummings and such. Any help old be appreciated!

Bob Bellisario

on April 20, 2012 8:02pm
You should check the Musica database at You can search by author to find things for particular voicings with texts by poets you like.
You can also check the online database of the Washington Men's Camerata's National Library of Men's Choral Music here. You can search the database by author as well as composer, editor, arranger, etc.
on April 21, 2012 3:25am
I detail the answer of Frank: There is a way to search in Musica database at to find "ALL" the referenced pieces for male chorus with a US author of text in a single search :
By using the "expert mode" of the "Search for scores", you can
- choose the field "Country of the author of text"
- click on the button "Add this criterion" to the dynamic search form that will build up
- put  USA in it
- choose the field "Type of choir"
- click on the button "Add this criterion" to the dynamic search form that will build up
- put  male in it
then click on the button AND to "and" these two criteria
then click on SEARCH
(you can also use the field "Voicing" instead of Type of choir, and add other criteria in the same manner)
The explained search gives you already hundreds of answers.
But of course, the way proposed by Frank is good as well. In this case, the search form "More criteria" is sufficient to ask for both type of choir and a given name of poet at the same time .
All the best,
on April 21, 2012 6:11am
Thanks for the help !
on April 21, 2012 2:59pm
Hello Bob,
Sounds like a nice concert!  I hope you might take a moment to peruse my "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight" -- for men's chorus, snare drum, and piano.  The poem is by American poet Vachel Lindsay, who was born in Springfield, IL and writes of Lincoln's spirit walking through his hometown.  The piece was commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota All-State Men's Chorus.
Also these below, from my esteemed colleagues here in Minnesota:
    Edie Hill: "From Me and America Sent" (men's chorus and piano)
    Tim Takach: "And Her Smoke Rose Up Forever" (men's chorus a cappella)
Thank you!
Abbie Betinis, composer
Independent Music Publishers Cooperative
on April 22, 2012 7:58am
Hi Bob,
Baltimore housewife Mary Frye may not be as well known as Emily Dickenson but her poem Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep is very well known.  The story behind why she wrote the poem is very interesting too.  I have a commissioned TTBB composition using her poem. You can hear a couple of recordings and see a video and sample pages here: Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep for TTBB and Piano
Janet Lanier
on April 23, 2012 12:28pm
You might want to consider my TTBB setting of A Country Boy in Winter by the 19th Century American poet Sarah Orne Jewett.
A perusal pdf and sound file are available in the ChoralNet CCMC Composition
You may also view the text, listen to recordings and get performance history on my website:
  best, Greg
on April 24, 2012 7:31pm
VIRGO MATER REGINA has lyrics recently commissioned from modern American poet Charles Anthony Silvestri. Originally written for TTBB, the original version is only available from the composer.
on April 24, 2012 11:49pm
J Scott Kovacs set a wonderful version of Whitman's Come Said My Soul.   Requires a good bass section.
You can listen to it here:   
Send me a private message for Scott's contact info.
Christopher J McCafferty
Artistic Director
Illumni Men's Chorale
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