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SONG CYCLES AND SONG GROUPS:

...AND WAKEN GREEN
By David Ward-Steinman

Seven songs, including:
1. When you come into a room;
2. Marriage; 3. Muse;
4. Poem on my thirty-third birthday;
5. Affair;
6. Divorce
7. Maple
Set to the poetry of Douglas Worth.

...an excellent cycle of high-quality music and text that appeals not only to a sophisticated audience, but is at the same time straightforward enough to be enjoyed by a less-learned listener... A nicely contrasting and grateful group of songs...
Walter Martin, The NATS Bulletin [Now Journal of Singing]

34 Pages Medium Range ca. 12 Minutes

$9.00

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CHILDREN'S CORNER REVISITED
By David Ward-Steinman

Four songs, including:
1. I have a popliteal;
2. Night flight;
3. Night; and
4. what if a much of a which of a wind
Set to the poetry of Susan Lucas, Charles Waller Tucker, William Blake, and e.e. cummings, respectively.

Ward-Steinman... is someone of obvious musical gifts and wide intellectual accomplishments... his works are skillfully crafted and find their appeal on a variety of levels. His CHILDREN’S CORNER REVISITED is no exception... The four songs range from the rustically naive to the sweetly languorous, and conclude in a whirlwind of exuberance... Altogether this is a fine collection deserving of repeated hearings...

22 Pages Medium Range ca. 7 Minutes

$6.00

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DIVERSE VOICES OF HERRICK
By Jack Johnston

The ten songs in this cycle include:
1. His prayer for absolution;
2. The bell-man;
3. The frozen heart;
4. To Anthea;
5. To his mistresses;
6. Grace for a child;
7. To keep a true Lent;
8. His creed;
9. A Thanksgiving to God, for his house
10. To God.

Ten songs for Medium Voice and Piano, set to the poetry of Robert Herrick. Most of the songs can be sung as separate entities, as well as in cyclic form.

Leyerle Publications continues to build a catalog of fine recital literature for singers— music of genuine creativity setting texts of quality. This cycle of ten songs is a worthy addition to the repertory... Each of these settings from Robert Herrick... presents a different aspect of his personality and poetry... Most of the texts reflect Herrick’s devotional outlook, but a couple border on the ribald. Audiences will enjoy the texts, music and characterizations contained here.”
Paul Richardson, American Music Teacher,
Sept./Oct. 1988

...excellent recital material for advanced students or professionals; various ‘mini-cycles’ could be selected from complete set ...
William K. Gaeddert, Editor
ART-SONG IN THE UNITED STATES

45 Pages Medium Range ca. 18 Minutes

$10.00

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FOUR LOVE SONGS
By Kenneth Mahy

These four songs set to poetry of John Dowland, Edmund Walker, W.B. Yeats and Hans Christian Andersen are, respectively: 1. I saw my lady weep; 2. Go, lovely rose; 3. Brown penny, and 4. Thought of my thoughts. The songs are equally suitable for young singers and for mature artists.

Kenneth Mahy has written four beautifully romantic love songs. They are harmonically traditional in style with broad flowing vocal melodies. These songs are reminiscent of the earlier twentieth-century English style of Roger Quilter and Ralph Vaughn Williams... Brown Penny, the third in the set, is especially clever with a sparkling quick tempo. Its 6/8 meter enhances the light, humorous texts. Thought of My Thoughts is a song which may be used effectively at weddings. The piece begins in a quiet, subdued mood and builds in intensity toward a long interlude where the piano developes the previous musical material to a powerful climax. It has been suggested that the exchanging of rings may take place at this time. The conclusion is comprised of a restatement of the opening phrase by the voice...
Louise Lerch The NATS Journal [Now Journal of Singing]

19 Pages Medium High Range ca. 9:20

$8.00

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FOUR SPIRITUAL SONGS
By Neil McKay

Four settings of “white spirituals” containing melodic lines, mostly modal, and with strong rhythms, include:

1. Ho! every one that thirsts;
2. Old churchyard;
3. End of the world
4. Blos die Drompeten, blos!

(The latter song also contains a word-for-word translation, an English singing translation, and the IPA spelling of the “Pennsylvania Dutch” text.)

From the composer of THERE ONCE WAS

19 Pages Medium Range ca. 7:30 Minutes

$8.00

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IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
By Gordon Myers

Ten Songs For Fun, from the Art of Belly Canto. A group of ten songs for medium voice and piano from the composer of the highly acclaimed, THEY SAID... In a program note on the title page Dr. Myers states, “Although the first six songs in IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS have to do with love and marriage, they should not be programmed in place of Schumann’s FRAUEN LIEBE UND LEBEN.” This and other such helpful advice is only to be expected from the Renaissance man who is currently working on his autobiography, HOW TO CULTIVATE YOUR VOICE WITHOUT PLOWING IT UNDER. A total listing of contents for IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS includes:

1. Things could be worse
2. Wanted: Good woman
3. Wedding song
4. Mills, thunder, hammers (Originally a four-part round by Peter Valton, transcribed by Dr. Myers into a song for solo voice)
5. Husband for sale
6. Emma, come on home
7. Ode from a secretary
8. The centipede
9. They tasted prickley
10. We have the best noses that be in our town

(Originally from “Wit and Mirth: or Pills to Purge Melancholy,” edited by Thomas D’Urfey in 1719-20. Dr. Myers has expanded the original melody of 104 notes into an arrangement containing 1,309 notes. While usually sung by a man, any woman equipped with a suitable and ample proboscis may wish to compete).

...they will add spice to your programs; perfect for encores.
Louise Lerch, The NATS Journal [Now Journal of Singing]

30 Pages Medium Range ca. 12:30 Minutes

$10.00

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LOVE AND LOSS
By Toby Tate

A cycle of five contemporary, but accessible, songs of one to two pages each, includes: I. Morning glories; II. Lightning; III. Dawn; IV. Awake in the moonlight; and V. Memory.

“Toby Tate has the unique ability of reaching the deepest part of one’s soul, whether through his poetry or his music, or both.” Phyllis Bryn-Julson

Few contemporary songs are so well written for the singer as the five songs for high voice, ‘LOVE and LOSS,’ with words and music by Toby Tate. They are direct, exprssive and interesting in both melody and harmony. Students and artists who are seeking music by American composers will certainly want to consider this new contribution to music with English text.
Oren Brown, Voice Faculty, The Juilliard School

10 Pages High Voice ca. 6:30 Minutes

$6.00

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POOR RICHARD SAYS...
By Gordon Myers

Twenty proberbs of Benjamin Franklin, set for Medium Voice and Piano (or Harpsichord, Glass Harmonica, or whatever is available).

Twenty of Franklin’s prized proverbs, such as: If your head is Wax; There Are More Old Drunkards; A Country Man Between Two Lawyers; Half Wits Talk Much; For Want of a Nail; In Marriage Without Love; Epitaph On A Scolding Wife; and more. Combine the “wisdom of many ages and nations” with your art song recital.

24 Pages Medium Range ca. 13 Minutes

$8.00

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RITES OF LOVE
By James McCray

A group of three wedding songs for medium high voice and piano. The songs include:
1. Set me as a seal The texts are taken from chapters within The Song of Solomon, especially chapters 2, 7 and 8.
2. Apache benediction The text is anonymous and believed to be a translation of an Apache poem used in early wedding ceremonies.
3. Love is... This text is preceeded with a Latin text based on Psalm 128. After the Latin section, Love is... completes the song, using sections from I Corinthians, Chapter 13.

19 Pages Medium High Range ca. 9:20

$8.00

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SONGS OF SUPPLICATION
By James Whitaker

Three songs for voice and guitar (also playable by piano) were written for a friend’s senior voice recital. The songs are: 1. Suffering; 2. Lament; and 3. Ave Maria. The latter song, in Latin, has a word-for word translation and the IPA spelling of the Latin text.

12 Pages Medium Range ca. 6:30

$6.00

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SOUTHERN COMFORT
By Doug Borwick

A cycle of songs for medium high voice and piano, set to six poems by Emily H. Wilson. The songs include: I. Southern fiction; II. Love; III. Sisters; IV. Blue Ridge and Louisiana; V. Blackwoman; VI. The electric acid kool-aid immersion; and VII. Southern fiction (reprise).

Borwick seems to have fashioned something really fine here: direct, earthy, emotional music full of subdued fervor and idiomatic ‘Southern’ mood. I was reminded of the power and sweetness of Barber’s KNOXVILLE SUMMER OF 1915; while Borwick’s style is his own, and in no way beholden to Barber or anyone else, these songs mine the same vein as Barber’s masterpiece, and do it with vast skill.
The Greensboro, North Carolina SPECTATOR

39 Pages Medium High Range ca. 22 Minutes

$10.00

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THE DEAF MEN AND THE DIVA
By Neil McKay

Another work by the composer of There Once Was___ and Four Spiritual Songs, this humorous nine minute opus for Soprano and Piano is also available for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble, as well. In addition to Soprano, the ensemble includes Flute (double Alto Flute and Piccolo); Bb Clarinet (double Bass Clarinet); Percussion (one player); Harp (if Harp unavailable, Piano or Synthesizer may be substituted); Viola; and Double Bass. The world-premiere of the ensemble version was performed in Honolulu in October, 1995, by Soprano Leda Asher Yager and members of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. The American premiere of the piano/vocal edition was given at the NATS National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri in December, 1996, featuring Soprano Dr. Jean-Anne Teal and Pianist Louise Lerch.

The subject of this nine-section extended song is what makes a ‘well-sung song’ from the viewpoints of six academic voice teachers, each with the aural equivalent of tunnel vision and a disinclination to listen to what anyone else says. The poem, written by William Leyerle in 1986 for inclusion in the second edition of Vocal Development Through Organic Imagery is an adaptation of John Godfrey Saxe’s well-known poem, The Blind Men and the Elephant. The mood throughout is one of pedantic solemnity betrayed by the music into absolute hilarity. The vocal line contains every vocal style in the soprano repertoire with some tears-of-laughter-producing musical parodies. The singer must be in full command of her technique as well as these styles. The presently available score is a piano reduction that is perfectly acceptable for performance.... This piece is the ultimate inside joke — a marvelously witty caricature of the voice teaching profession turned loose on unsuspecting singers. It is a natural for that perennial happening, the ‘Faculty Mock Recital,’ or wherever there is an audience of singers.

17 Pages High Range ca. 9:00 Minutes

$8.00

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THE DEAF MEN AND THE DIVA
By Neil McKay

An extended song for Soprano and Piano (also avaiable for Instrumental Ensemble), set to a poem by William Leyerle. The song is episodic exploring a variety of operatic styles. Humorous in nature. Instrumental Ensemble consists of: Flute (double Alto Flute and Piccolo); Bb Clarinet (double Bass Clarinet); Percussion (one player); Harp (if Harp unavailable, Piano or Synthesizer may be substituted); Viola; and Double Bass.

Full Score (Soprano and Instruments) 25 Pages

ca. 9:00 Minutes

$10.00

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THE DEAF MEN AND THE DIVA
By Neil McKay

Separate Instrumental Parts for the Instrumental version of this song. Cues for Soprano text given.

Instrumental Parts, alone

$9.00

When purchased directly from the publisher:
Full Score and Instrumental Parts $17.00
Full Score, Instrumental Parts and Piano/Vocal Score $23.00

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THERE ONCE WAS_____
By Neil McKay

An Introduction and Five Limericks, including: A woman called Hanna; A lady of Kent; A spinster named Tweed; A maid from Madras; and A deb in St. Paul.

Dr. McKay states, “Limericks in general are more often whispered than sung. Here, however, they have been set as musical miniatures, each presenting the largest amount of improbable incident and indelicate innuendo possible in such an abbreviated form.” Sure-fire humor for your recital.

19 Pages Medium Range ca. 7:30 Minutes

$8.00

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PATTERNS
By Neil McKay

This is an extended fifteen minute song setting of Amy Lowell's masterful monologue, PATTERNS. It was composed for Annette Johansson, of the University of Hawaii, to whom it is dedicated, when she asked the composer to write an extended dramatic work for one of her recitals. Dr. McKay calls this composition A Monodrama for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano. The work will be a wonderful addition to voice recitals by advanced students, faculty, and other professional singers.

iv + 17 Pages Saddle-Stitched Paper Binding Medium-Range

$10.00

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THEY SAID... (Volume 1)
By Gordon Myers

A modern song sickle cutting through the quotes of time, for medium voice and piano. Twenty one-page (or less) vignettes, recording quotes of the great and near great, by that inimitable master of Belly Canto — Dr. Gordon Myers — a man as attuned to the absurdities of formal concerts as he is sensitive to their art. A partial listing of contents includes:
W.C. Fields, Fred Allen, Robert Benchley, Satchel Page, Phyllis Diller, Abe Lemons, Gordon Myers, Sign in a New Orleans bar, Sign in a restaurant window, Benjamin Franklin, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Lloyd M. Crustacean, General Ulysses S. Grant, Anonymous, George Bernard Shaw, and Confucius

Excellent for encores or as a humorous set, these riduculously funny gems will always bring the house down.
Louise Lerch, The NATS Journal [Now Journal
of Singing]

23 Pages ca. 8 Minutes (depending on laughing time)

Medium Range

$10.00

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THEY SAID... (Volume 2)
By Gordon Myers

Another modern song sickle cutting through the quotes of time, in the vein of THEY SAID...Volume 1, for medium voice and piano. Twenty more pithy phrases to amaze and amuse your recital audiences. A partial listing of contents includes:
Abraham Lincoln, Jack Benny, Tallulah Bankhead, W.C. Fields, Dean Martin, Unknown, Arturo Toscanini, Max Reger, Mae West, Mark Twain, Phyllis Diller, Radcliffe Hall, Yogi Berra, Gordon Myers, Ernest Haskins

24 Pages ca 8:30 Min. (depending on laughing time)

Medium Range

$10.00

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THREE ASPECTS OF JOY
By D. Wayne Johnson

Includes three songs: 1. Poem; 2. The Rain; and 3. An Aspect of Love, set to the poetry of Robert Bly, Robert Creeley, and Gwendolyn Brooks, respectively.

...In a tasteful jazz style... They display a fluent melodic line and match romantic contemporary poetry to an appropriate musical style... They are good teaching pieces, as the vocal range lies mainly within a twelfth, and would be very attractive to students accustomed to show music...
Ruth Landes Drucker, NOTES, June 1984

16 Pages Medium High Range ca. 9 Minutes

$5.00

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THREE FROM EMILY
By Persis Parshall Vehar

“...particularly useful for a tenor or soprano who wishes to delve briefly into the contemporary repertoire.... The three songs: How Happy Is the Little Stone; The Martyrs Even Trod; and Ashore At Last, offer great contrast in mood. The first song captures the theme of ‘simplicity’ which pervades the poem. Vehar achieves a casualness of mood throughout with the use of 6/8 meter and staccato movement in the piano over which is heard a delicate pizzicato cello line... The overall effect is one of wistful playfulness. The Martyrs Even Trod brings more drama to the cycle through sharply accented open fifths in the cello line and accented chord clusters in the piano. Ashore at Last is a strikingly beautiful, lyrical song which allows the voice to soar over a harplike piano part. The cello adds support with a counter melody of equal beauty... Vehar’s music is most accessible to both singer and audience without being trite...”
Sharon Mabry, The NATS Journal [New Directions]

These [3] settings of Emily Dickinson for high voice, cello and piano make a refreshing set. ‘Ashore at last’ is the finest song of the set— indeed, one of the most captivating songs to be published recently. Over a harp-like piano part, voice and cello have soaring lines that share some melodic material. The effect is thoroughly contemporary, yet almost ethereal... They are well-crafted chamber literature... highly recommended.
Paul Richardson, American Music Teacher

16 Pages Medium High Range ca. 8.30 Minutes

$7.00

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TIMELESS JEWISH SONGS
Arranged by Joseph Dechario

Using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) spelling and Word-for-Word translations.

The Songs:

Shabbat Hamalka (The Sabbath Queen) - Hebrew (contains an optional flute part)
Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen (Raisins With Almonds) - Yiddish
Los Bilbilicos (The Nightingales) - Ladino
Finjan (Copper Coffee Pot) - Hebrew
Oyfn Pripetshik (At The Fireplace) - Yiddish
Tumbalalaika (Tumbalalaika) - Yiddish (for one or two voices)


Six songs from the great heritage of Jewish songs, beautifully set by Joseph Dechario, Professor of Music in the School of Performing Arts at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Dechario is a pianist, teacher and arranger whose performances cover a broad range of materials, including the keyboard literature of the Baroque period, the standard piano repertoire of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, contemporary twentieth century music and modern jazz. He holds music degrees from the University of Kansas, the University of Illinois and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa, with further study at the Royal College of Music in London as a Fulbright Scholar. Among his teachers have been Soulima Stravinsky, Webster Aitken and John Simms. As a former member of the Rockefeller Center for New Music at the University of Iowa, the University of Illinois Contemporary Players and the Royal College of Music Contemporary Music Society, he has performed at the Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland), and the Darmstadt Festival of New Music (Germany). Dr. Dechario has also recorded for the B.B.C, Irish Radio and Radio Cologne.

These songs are set for medium voice and harp or piano. The harp editings were made by Barbara Dechario, who with singer Martha Rock Birnbaum, is featured on a recent CD recording (and cassette tape) with the same title, TIMELESS JEWISH SONGS. The recording contains additional songs not included in this publication.

A CD recording featuring these above six songs as well as ten additional ones is now available through Leyerle Publications

31 Pages Saddle-Stitched Paper Binding

ISBN 1-878617-14-1

$10.00

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TIMELESS JEWISH SONGS
Volume 2
Edited by Barbara and Joseph Dechario
IPA Transliterations and English Translations
by Martha Rock Birnbaum

This second volume of Timeless Jewish Songs includes all of the piano/harp accompanied songs on the Compact Disc of the same title. The songs in volume two are presented in Hebrew, Yiddish and/or Ladino languages with IPA transliterations. The songs are:

  1. Eliahu Hanavi/Elijah the Prophet (Hebrew)
  2. Der Rebbe Elimeylekh/Rabbi Elimeylekh (Yiddish)
  3. Bamidbar/In the Desert (Hebrew)
  4. [Arranged for Voice, Piano & Percussion and
  5. for Voice, Harp & Percussion] (Percussion optional)
  6. Chiri Biri Bim/Chiri Biri Bim (Yiddish & Hebrew)
  7. Adio Kerida/Goodbye, Beloved (Ladino)
  8. V'Shamru/The People (Hebrew)
  9. Shir Noded/Song of the Wanderer (Hebrew)
  10. Hatikva/The Hope (Hebrew)

51 Pages Saddle-Stitched Paper Binding

ISBN 1-878617-15-X

$13.00

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TIMELESS JEWISH SONGS

NOTE: We call your attention to the fact that LEYERLE PUBLICATIONS now is able to provide the CD recording that preceded our sheet music publication. The recording, also entitled TIMELESS JEWISH SONGS, includes not only the six songs in our music publication, but ten additional ones. Extra songs included on the recording are: Eliahu Hanavi; Der Rebbe Elimeylekh; Bamidbar; Chiri Biri Bim; Adio Kerida; V’Shamru; Adon Olam; Zog Nit Keyn Mol!; Miserlu; Shir Noded; and Hatikva.
In addition to Harp accompaniment by Barbara Dechario and Voice by Mezzo-Soprano Martha Rock Birnbaum, some of the songs on this recording feature a number of other artists, as well. They are: Glennda Dove (Flute); James Kirkwood (‘Cello); Linda Walton Kirkwood (Viola); and Rachel Gottlieb (Soprano)

16 Songs
Mezzo-Soprano, Harp and (on some of the songs), Flute, and 'Cello

$15.00

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WOMEN, WOMEN
By Persis Parshall Vehar

Three more songs by the composer of Three From Emily, set to the poetry of May Swenson, Anne Waldman and Barbara Greenberg. Both Three From Emily and Women, Women can be heard on DIMENSIONS, a productaion of Aeolian Digital Recordings, No. ADR60003D.

20 Pages Saddle-Stitched

Medium or Medium High Voice

$8.00

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SIX LULLABIES
Music by Brian W. Holmes

Six songs for Medium Voice and Piano, set to the poetry of Mark Van Doren.

1. Chipmunk, Chipmunk
2. Down Dip the Branches
3. Where Did He Run To?
4. Old Ben Golliday
5. Sleep, Grandmother
6. He Cut One Finger

Brian Holmes's musical compositions include two operas, a Christmas show, two plays with music, numerous choral and vocal works, as well as works for orchestra, band, and chamber ensembles. He has been active as a professional horn player, performing with the San Jose Symphony and Opera San Jose. Since 1983, he has been a member of the Physics Department of San Jose State University; he has also taught in the Music Department, the Creative Arts Department, and the Science Education Group. As a recognized expert on the physics of musical instruments, Holmes has given over a hundred lectures all over the United States. Holmes wrote Six Lullabies to amuse his son, Jerry, who was three years old at the time.

Mark Van Doren, an American poet and critic, taught at Columbia University (1920-1959). He wrote studies of John Dryden and Nathaniel Hawthorne, among others. His Collected Poems, 1922-1938, won the Pulitzer prize in 1939. He also wrote plays, stories, and novels. Six Lullabies first appearaed in his book, New Poems, published in 1948.

In JOURNAL OF SINGING, May/June, 2005, Judith Carman writes, "...The melodies of these songs are charming and easy to sing for the most part, and the piano parts, built on repeated patterns that reflect the moods of the poems, are accessible to pianists of average ability. Individual selections or the entire set would be interesting to program for audiences of young children. The entire set has been performed at San Jose State University and recorded by Nancy Ogle, who teaches at the University of Maine. Ms. Ogle's website includes a brief discussion of the songs."

31 Pages Medium Voice Paper Binding

$10.00

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