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4 e e cummings songs - SATB
SATB, Unaccompanied / Composed for the San Francisco Choral Artists, the first song, in Just– , paints a picture of children playing in springtime, taking little heed of the “goat-footed balloonman.” who may represent Pan. hist whist is playfully spooky. when god lets my body be, moving despite its verbal indirectness, tells what survives after death. Buffalo Bill’s is also a meditation on mortality. It lists some of the accomplishments of the great American showman Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917).
1. in Just-- / 392-03103 @ $2.50
2. hist whist / 392-03104 @ $2.50
3. when god lets my body be / 392-03105 @ $2.00
4. Buffalo Bill's / 392-03106 @ $2.25

The Brown Birds - SATB
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SATB, Unaccompanied / A short and touching carol with poignant words by the much loved English poet Eleanor Farjeon, (1881-1965), that underscore the disparity between "the haves" and "the have nots" / 1:15 / 392-03094 @ $1.60

Carol of the Field Mice - SA - A BEST SELLER
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SA, Piano / One of our most popular publications. An absolutely charming setting of a delightful poem from the children's classic The Wind in the Willows / 1:30 / 392-03064 @ $1.60
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Carol of the Field Mice - SATB A BEST SELLER
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SATB, Unaccompanied / A new SATB version of one of our most popular publications for treble voices. An absolutely charming setting of a delightful poem from the children's classic The Wind in the Willows / 1:30 / 392-03087 @ $1.75
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A Christmas Lullaby - SA or 2-part - A BEST SELLER
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SA, piano - A beautiful new setting of another classy Christmas poem by the popular British poet Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965). /
"To words by the British poet Eleanor Farjeon, Holmes has woven together a lovely melody, harmonization, and accompaniment. This would be especially effective with a children's choir, but adults could do it just as well - even two treble singers. A really beautiful Christmas composition." -The American Organist, July 2009 / 2:00 / 392-03086 @ $1.75

Chesterton’s Carol - SATB
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SATB, Brass Quintet & Timpani, or Keyboard / A reflection on the Virgin and Child with a powerfully stirring melody in F minor. Poetry by Gilbert Chesterton. / 2:15 / 392-03070 @ $1.40

I Saw a Fair Maiden - SATB
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SATB, Unaccompanied / This is a truly elegant setting of the familiar fifteenth-century English text. Winner of the 1995 Amadeus Carol Competition. Excellent concert or service music. / 3:45 / 392-03053 @ $1.40

I Shall Keep Singing! - SSA - A BEST SELLER
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SSA(A), harp or piano - Here's more quality music for treble voices in a new setting of an Emily Dickinson poem. / 2:45 / 392-03085 @ $1.75

Kings Came Riding - SATB
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SATB & Oboe (or Clarinet or Alto Saxophone) / A handsome carol with words by the distinguished and much-admired English poet and author Charles Williams (1886-1945). The haunting sound of the solo wind instrument with the otherwise unaccompanied voices is very arresting. / 4:75 / 392-03095 @ $2.10

Let Evening Come - SATB
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SATB, Piano (also published for SSAA & piano) / Enchanting setting of poignant poem, a reflection on life, by the late Jane Kenyon. Excellent high school choir repertoire. "Here is a first-class choral work set to a text by the noted poet, Jane Kenyon. The theme is resignation, all the more poignant since Kenyon died of leukemia soon after writing the poem. The music expresses many moods; the writing is beautiful and not difficult. The accompaniment adds many beautiful touches." -The American Organist / 4:30 / 392-03079 @ $2.25

Let Evening Come - SSAA - Program Notes
SSAA, Piano (also published for SATB & piano) / Enchanting setting of poignant poem, a reflection on life, by the late Jane Kenyon. Excellent high school choir repertoire. "Here is a first-class choral work set to a text by the noted poet, Jane Kenyon. The theme is resignation, all the more poignant since Kenyon died of leukemia soon after writing the poem. The music expresses many moods; the writing is beautiful and not difficult. The accompaniment adds many beautiful touches." -The American Organist / 4:30 / 392-03079 @ $2.25

The Shepherd and the King - SATB - A BEST SELLER
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SATB, Harp / It comes as no surprise that this uplifting carol won the 2000 Welcome Christmas! carol composition contest. Text by Eleanor Farjeon, (1881-1965). / 3:00 / 392-03072 @ $1.70

Tyrley, Tyrlow - SATB
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SATB, Brass Quintet & Timpani, or Keyboard / This is a real toe tapper that captures the medieval dance origins of its text. / 3:30 / 392-03071 @ $1.75

Brian Holmes
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Holmes: Carol of the Field Mice
Holmes: Let Evening Come
Holmes: Tyrley, Tyrlow
Holmes: I Saw a Fair Maiden
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