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William Bolcom: Theatrical Songs

Medium/Low Voice

By William Bolcom

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Medium/Low Voice, Piano Accompaniment
Medium/Low Voice. Composed by William Bolcom. E.B. Marks. Softcover. 176 pages. Published by Edward B. Marks Music (HL.220378).

Item Number: HL.220378

ISBN 1476801983. 9x12 inches.

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

  • from CASINO PARADISE: I'll Be By 
  • from CASINO PARADISE: Night, Make My Day 
  • from CASINO PARADISE: The Curse 
  • from DYNAMITE TONITE: When We Built the Church 
  • THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: Messing About in Boats 
  • THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: The Bird's Song 
  • THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: Let's Go Take a Spin Around the Moon 
  • THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: The World Has Had Great Heroes 
  • THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: The Fight Song 
  • THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: When the Toad Came Home 
  • ANCIENT CABARET: I. On a Statue of a Runner 
  • ANCIENT CABARET: II. Unlucky Eutichus 
  • ANCIENT CABARET: III. An Encaustic Painting 
  • ANCIENT CABARET: IV. Timomarchus's Picture of Medea, in Rome 
  • ANCIENT CABARET: V. Praxiteles' Aphrodite 
  • MINICABS: 1. I Feel Good 
  • MINICABS: 2. People Change 
  • MINICABS: 3. Those 
  • MINICABS: 4. Food Song #1 
  • MINICABS: 5. Food Song #2 
  • MINICABS: 6. I Will Never Forgive You 
  • MINICABS: 7. Songette 
  • MINICABS: 8. Not Even a Haiku 
  • MINICABS: 9. Maxim #1 
  • MINICABS: 10. Maxim #2 
  • MINICABS: 11. Anyone 
  • MINICABS: 12. Finale: Mystery of the Song? 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 1. This is a face 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 2. Since I have 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 3. The rabbit 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 4. I am not free 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 5. For me 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 6. From wandering 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 7. Beware 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 8. I wouldn't die 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 9. I remember 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 10. For everything 
  • SONGS TO DANCE: 11. I have climbed 
  • The Last Days of Mankind 
  • Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise 
  • may i feel 
  • The Same Thing 
  • Tears at the Happy Hour 
  • Vaslav's Song 
  • from CASINO PARADISE: My Father the Gangster 
  • from CASINO PARADISE: I'm His 
  • from CASINO PARADISE: Drive Me, Driver 
  • from GREATSHOT: If You Can Go Beyond