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William Bolcom

Born: 1938. Living in: United States

National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner William Bolcom is an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music.

He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's School of Music in 1973, was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition in 1994, and retired in 2008 after 35 years. Bolcom won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1988 for 12 New Etudes for Piano, and his setting of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience on the Naxos label won four Grammy Awards in 2005.

As a pianist Bolcom has performed and recorded his own work frequently in collaboration with his wife and musical partner, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. Cabaret songs, show tunes, and American popular songs of the 20th century have been their primary specialties in both concerts and recordings. Their 25th album, "Autumn Leaves," was released in 2015.

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William Bolcom : Cabaret Songs - Volumes 3 & 4 : Solo : Songbook : 073999697711 : 0793591163 : 00740106

William Bolcom : Cabaret Songs - Volumes 3 & 4

For Medium Voice and Piano. Another outstanding collection of "theatre-poetry-lieder-pop-tavernacular prayer called cabaret song." Texts by Arnold Weinstein.

Songlist: Angels Are The Highest Form Of Virtue, At The Last Lousy Moments Of Love, Blue, Can't Sleep, Lady Luck, Love In The Thirties, Miracle Song, Poet Pal Of Mine, Radical Sally, Satisfaction, Thius King Of Orf, The Total Stranger In The Garden

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Voicing: Solo | 5126b | Songbook | $14.95


William Bolcom : Concert Songs - Volume 1 (1975-2000) : Solo : Songbook : 884088885557 : 1480330450 : 00117083

William Bolcom : Concert Songs - Volume 1 (1975-2000)

Includes the cycles Briefly It Enters (High Voice edition only), I Will Breathe a Mountain, Let Evening Come (High Voice edition only), Three Donald Hall Songs, Tillinghast Duo, individual songs and selections from Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Medium/Low Voice edition only). With notes on the songs and composer comments. Includes several first editions and first-time transpositions. There are different songlists for the High Voice and Medium/Low Voice editions.

Songlist: Mary, Otherwise, Let Evening Come, O To Be A Dragon, The Bustle In A House, The Serpent, The Sick Wife, Interlude, Who, Vaslav's Song, The Clearing, February: Thinking Of Flowers, Twilight: After Haying, Man Eating, Peonies At Dusk, Briefly It Enters, And Briefly Speaks, Pity Me Not Because The Light Of Day, How To Swing Those Obbligatos Around, The Crazy Woman, Just Once, Never More Will The Wind, The Sage, I Saw Eternity, Night Practice, The Fish, Ailey, Baldwin, Floyd, Killens, And Mayfield, 'Tis Not That Dying Hurts Us So, Horse Song, O Cheese, Wheel Of The Oxcart, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 10237b | Songbook | $29.95


William Bolcom : Concert Songs - Volume 2 (2001-2012) : Solo : Songbook : 884088885564 : 1480330469 : 00117084

William Bolcom : Concert Songs - Volume 2 (2001-2012)

Includes the cycles Chestnuts, From the Diary of Sally Hemings, Laura Sonnets, Old Addresses, selections from The Hawthorn Tree, and individual songs. With notes on the songs and composer comments. Includes several first editions and first-time transpositions. There are different songlists for the High Voice and Medium/Low Voice editions.

Songlist: The Embrace, Africa, The Dream, Tears, Idle Tears, So Sweet Love Seemed, In Dreams, Unhappy, The Day Is Done, They Say I Was Born Old (I), Martha And Maria, White Waves, Paris, C'Est La Ville Vivante, The Master Brings Music To His Sitting Room, I Was Carrying A Tray When He Called MeRoom, They Say I Was Born Old (II), Come Back To America, Back Home At Monticello, Purple Hyacinth Begins To Bloom, My Sister Ghost, Peonies, A Perfume Box, Mister, Our Child Is Frail, A Dark Winter Blue-Black Evening, Old Shoe! Old Shoe!, A Wild Man Home From The Woods, Papers, Night Watch Till Early Morn, The Hawthorn Tree, Chagrin, Swimming Aria, Sonetto 5, Sonetto 90, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 10238b | Songbook | $29.99


William Bolcom : Concert Songs - Volume 1 (1975-2000) - Medium Low : Solo : Songbook : 884088885571 : 1480330477 : 00117085

William Bolcom : Concert Songs - Volume 1 (1975-2000) - Medium Low

Includes the cycles Briefly It Enters (High Voice edition only), I Will Breathe a Mountain, Let Evening Come (High Voice edition only), Three Donald Hall Songs, Tillinghast Duo, individual songs, and selections from Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Medium/Low Voice edition only). With notes on the songs and composer comments. Includes several first editions and first-time transpositions. There are different songlists for the High Voice and Medium/Low Voice editions.

Songlist: Mary, O To Be A Dragon, The Bustle In A House, The Serpent, A Cradle Song, Vaslav's Song, Pity Me Not Because The Light Of Day, How To Swing Those Obbligatos Around, The Crazy Woman, Just Once, Never More Will The Wind, The Sage, I Saw Eternity, Night Practice, The Fish, Horse Song, O Cheese, Wheel Of The Oxcart, Costa Del Nowhere, Table, The Digital Wonder Watch, Camp Shadywillow, The Junction, On A Warm Afternoon, Villanelle, Nurse's Song

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Voicing: Solo | 10239b | Songbook | $29.95 | Voice and Piano


William Bolcom : Concert Songs - Volume 2 (2001-2012) - Medium Low : Solo : Songbook : 884088885588 : 1480330485 : 00117086

William Bolcom : Concert Songs - Volume 2 (2001-2012) - Medium Low

Includes the cycles Chestnuts, From the Diary of Sally Hemings, Laura Sonnets, Old Addresses, selections from The Hawthorn Tree, and individual songs. With notes on the songs and composer comments. Includes several first editions and first-time transpositions. There are different songlists for the High Voice and Medium/Low Voice editions.

Songlist: The Embrace, Africa, The Dream, Tears, Idle Tears, So Sweet Love Seemed, In Dreams, Unhappy, The Day Is Done, They Say I Was Born Old (I), Martha And Maria, White Waves, Paris, C'Est La Ville Vivante, The Master Brings Music To His Sitting Room, I Was Carrying A Tray When He Called MeRoom, They Say I Was Born Old (II), Come Back To America, Back Home At Monticello, Purple Hyacinth Begins To Bloom, My Sister Ghost, Peonies, A Perfume Box, Mister, Our Child Is Frail, A Dark Winter Blue-Black Evening, Old Shoe! Old Shoe!, A Wild Man Home From The Woods, Papers, Night Watch Till Early Morn, The Hawthorn Tree, Chagrin, Swimming Aria, Sonetto 5, Sonetto 90, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 10240b | Songbook | $29.95 | Voice and Piano


William Bolcom : Ancient Cabaret - Medium Voice : Solo : Songbook : 073999453492 : 063409484X : 00220141

William Bolcom : Ancient Cabaret - Medium Voice

This collection of 5 art songs comes from Ancient Greek poetry. The music was written by William Bolcom and the poems were translated into English by Arnold Weinstein. Songs: On a Statue of a Runner - Unlucky Eutichus - An Encaustic Painting - Timomarchus's Picture of Medea, in Rome - Praxiteles' Aphrodite.

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Voicing: Solo | 10242b | Songbook | $10.95 | Voice and Piano


William Bolcom : Theatrical Songs - High Voice : Solo : Songbook : 884088663087 : 1476801975 : 00220377

William Bolcom : Theatrical Songs - High Voice

51 songs, including music from Casino Paradise, Dynamite Tonite, Greatshot, The Wind in the Willows, Ancient Cabaret, Minicabs, Songs to Dance, and songs not from a show, set, or cycle (Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise and more). With notes on the songs, manuscript facsimiles, and composer comments. Includes several first editions and first-time transpositions. There are different songlists for the High Voice and Medium/Low Voice editions. There are excellent notes by the composer on all of the songs detailing their genesis and background and setting the scenes for those from shows. Some of the songs received a premiere performance, and some were composed for shows that 'never got off the ground,' as the composer says...'The Last Days of Mankind' (first publication) is a song composed for a project discussed but apparently never set in motion. It is a setting of a terrifying war poem by Frank McGuinness that takes the form of a death march in C minor...In giddy contrast to the war poem is Bolcom's own 'Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise'...This collection of selected earlier songs of William Bolcom is a source for unusual material, much of which is theatrical in nature and some of which is more like art song. Singers looking for something different will find good material here.--Journal of Singing

Songlist: Night, Make My Day, Carol - Neighbors On This Frosty Tide, River Song, The Fight Song, The Curse, Tears At The Happy Hour, The Same Thing (The Office Girl's Lament), I Feel Good, I Remember, I'll Be By, When We Built The Church, Messing About In Boats, Rat's Song, The Bird's Song, Let's Go Take A Spin Around The Moon, The World Has Had Great Heroes, When The Toad Came Home, On A Statue Of A Runner, Unlucky Eutichus, An Encaustic Painting, Timomarchus's Picture Of Medea, In Rome, Praxiteles' Aphrodite, People Change, Those, Food Song #1, Food Song #2, I Will Never Forgive You, Songette, Not Even A Haiku, Maxim #1, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 10243b | Songbook | $24.95 | Voice and Piano


William Bolcom : Theatrical Songs - Medium Low : Solo : Songbook : 884088663100 : 1476801983 : 00220378

William Bolcom : Theatrical Songs - Medium Low

51 songs, including music from Casino Paradise, Dynamite Tonite, Greatshot, The Wind in the Willows, Ancient Cabaret, Minicabs, Songs to Dance, and songs not from a show, set, or cycle (Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise and more). With notes on the songs, manuscript facsimiles, and composer comments. Includes several first editions and first-time transpositions. There are different songlists for the High Voice and Medium/Low Voice editions. There are excellent notes by the composer on all of the songs detailing their genesis and background and setting the scenes for those from shows. Some of the songs received a premiere performance, and some were composed for shows that 'never got off the ground,' as the composer says...'The Last Days of Mankind' is a song composed for a project discussed but apparently never set in motion. It is a setting of a terrifying war poem by Frank McGuinness that takes the form of a death march in C minor...In giddy contrast to the war poem is Bolcom's own 'Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise'...This collection of selected earlier songs of William Bolcom is a source for unusual material, much of which is theatrical in nature and some of which is more like art song. Singers looking for something different will find good material here.--Journal of Singing

Songlist: Night, Make My Day, Carol - Neighbors On This Frosty Tide, River Song, The Fight Song, The Curse, Tears At The Happy Hour, The Same Thing (The Office Girl's Lament), I Feel Good, I Remember, My Father The Gangster, I'm His, Drive Me, Driver, I'll Be By, When We Built The Church, If You Can Go Beyond, Messing About In Boats, Rat's Song, The Bird's Song, Let's Go Take A Spin Around The Moon, The World Has Had Great Heroes, When The Toad Came Home, On A Statue Of A Runner, Unlucky Eutichus, An Encaustic Painting, Timomarchus's Picture Of Medea, In Rome, Praxiteles' Aphrodite, People Change, Those, Food Song #1, Food Song #2, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 10244b | Songbook | $24.95 | Voice and Piano


William Bolcom : I Will Breathe a Mountain : Solo : Songbook : 073999822182 : 0793542391 : 00740011

William Bolcom : I Will Breathe a Mountain

A 23 minute song cycle based on poems of American women poets, commissioned for Marilyn Horne in honor of the Carnegie Hall Centennial. Also recorded by Miss Horne.

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Voicing: Solo | 10525b | Songbook | $12.50


William Bolcom : Briefly It Enters : Solo : Songbook : 073999838824 : 0793591325 : 00740107

William Bolcom : Briefly It Enters

A 1996 cycle of songs for soprano and piano. Poems by Jane Kenyon, composed for Benite Valente.

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Voicing: Solo | 10528b | Songbook | $8.95


William Bolcom & Arnold Weinstein : Cabaret Songs - Volumes 1 & 2 : Solo : Songbook : 073999082739 : 0793520789 : 00008273

William Bolcom & Arnold Weinstein : Cabaret Songs - Volumes 1 & 2

This is a collection of 12 songs primarily for the classical singer to perform in recital with piano accompaniment. The songs are in a medium voice range, and could probably be performed by any voice type (soprano, mezzo-soprano, etc.), although mezzo-sopranos will find them most suitable. The music has quite a theatrical flair, although it is in a contemporary classical style. Distinctive repertoire with a twist. Arnold Weinstein's texts are as pithy as Bolcom's settings of them.

Songlist: Over the Piano, Fur (Murray the Furrier), He Tipped the Waiter, Waitin, Song of Black Max, Amor, Places To Live, Toothbrush Time, Surprise!, The Actor, Oh Close the Curtain, George

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Voicing: Solo | 5140b | Songbook | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein : Cabaret Songs Complete - Volumes 1-4 for Medium Voice and Piano : Solo : Songbook : 884088312336 : 142346883X : 00220273

William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein : Cabaret Songs Complete - Volumes 1-4 for Medium Voice and Piano

Previously available in separate volumes, the original 24 Cabaret Songs have been collected together for the first time in this new complete edition. Includes bios, notes from the composer, and Weinstein's article What Is Cabaret Song?

Songlist: Over the Piano, Fur (Murray the Furrier), He Tipped the Waiter, Waitin, Song of Black Max (As Told by the de Kooning Boys), Armor, Places to Live, Toothbrush Time, Surprise!, The Actor, Oh Close the Curtain, George, The Total Stranger in the Garden, Love in the Thirties, Thius King of Orf, Miracle Song, Satisfaction, Radical Sally, Angels Are the Highest Form of Virtue, Poet Pal of Mine, Can't Sleep, At the Last Lousy Moments of Love, Lady Luck, Blue

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Voicing: Solo | 5135b | Songbook | $24.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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Alleluia : SATB : William Bolcom : Songbook : 08747437 : 884088205270

William Bolcom : Alleluia

Written for the New York Concert Singers and their conductor Judith Clurman, this compelling work on the single word Alleluia begins in a quiet staggered aleatoric fashion, gradually growing into a dramatic fortissimo and eventually retreating again to nothing. Duration: ca. 4:00.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08747437


Maha Sonnet : SATB divisi : William Bolcom : Sheet Music : 08747439 : 884088205294

William Bolcom : Maha Sonnet

William Bolcom's work is challenging, awe-inspiring and always provocative. This substantial work, commissioned by the New York City Gay Men's Chorus with a text by Bolcom's frequent librettist Arnold Weinstein, is a rhythmic and incantational soundscape with dramatic contrasts of articulation, rhythm and vocal range. Duration: ca. 4:00.

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08747439


The Mask - A Cycle of Five Poems (Collection) : SATB : William Bolcom : Sheet Music : 08740357 : 073999403572

William Bolcom : The Mask - A Cycle of Five Poems (Collection)

The Mask is a cycle of five poems by various authors set to music and arranged for SATB chorus and piano accompaniment. Composed in 1990 by William Bolcom, these settings present a challenge to both the choir and the pianist. Available: SATB.

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08740357

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