Kirke Mechem


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mixed chorus, shorter works

(Many shorter pieces are to be found as parts of “extended works”)

secular, a cappella

ISLAND IN SPACE. SSAATB 7’. G. Schirmer. Pacific Chorale

An astronaut’s view of the earth.


Italian musical terms, humorously set to the music they describe.

TIME. 5+’. G. Schirmer. Bethany College Choir

Lines found on an old bell in Chester, England; barit. solo.

THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US. 7’. G. Schirmer. Santa Fe Chorale

Wordsworth’s powerful lament for the loss of Nature

secular, accompanied

LAS AMERICAS UNIDAS. 6’. G. Schirmer. SF Cham. Sngrs., Boys of SF Bay

Sopr. solo, SATB & Children’s 2-part chorus. English & Spanish.
2 trumpets, glockenspiel, organ, contrabass.
Alternate version: sopr. solo, SATB, pno. (SA & glock. optional).

BLOW YE THE TRUMPET. 6’. G. Schirmer. Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus

From the opera John Brown. Octavo version, piano or orchestra.

DAN-U-EL. 5’. G. Schirmer. Wayne Shepperd, Santa Cruz Symphony

From the opera John Brown. Octavo version, piano or orchestra.

THE LIGHTHEARTED LOVERS. 4’. G. Schirmer. SF Chamber Singers

Boys vs. girls. Based on “Fair Robin” from the opera Tartuffe. Piano.

LYDIA’S ROMANCE. 4’. G. Schirmer. SF Lyric Chorus

Based on a duet from the opera The Rivals. Piano.

THE SHEPHERD AND HIS LOVE. 8’. G. Schirmer. Stanford Chorus

SSATBB. Piano, piccolo, viola. Text is a dialogue to poems by Marlowe (“Come Live with Me”) and Sir Walter Raleigh (“The Nymph’s Reply”)

TO MUSIC. 8’. G. Schirmer. San Francisco Lyric Chorus

Organ or piano. Various texts: Bible, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Plato, Nietzsche, etc.