Kirke Mechem

Composer

Kirke Mechem small image

mixed chorus, secular
extended works

(cycles, suites, cantatas)

without orchestra

AMERICAN MADRIGALS

Madrigal Cycle on American Folks Songs

Piano, chamber ensemble, or a cappella

Carl Fischer. Stanford University Chamber Singers. 15 min.

1 Kind Miss

2 He’s Gone Away

3 Kansas Boys

4 Adam’s Bride (A Marriage Lesson)

5 New York Girls

AMERICAN TRIO

a cappella

G. Schirmer. San Francisco Choral Artists. 7 min.

1 Fire and Ice

2 Richard Cory

3 Sweet Spring Is Your

BIRTHDAYS: ROUND NUMBERS

Piano. Canons, Catches and Rounds

G.Schirmer. Bowdoin Chamber Choir. 10 min.

1. Bridget at Ten  2. Turning Twenty  3. Is Thirty Young?  4. Forty Notes for Forty Years  5. Fiftieth Birthday Card  6. Advice on Turning Sixty  7. Is Seventy Old?

THE CHILDREN OF DAVID

Five Modern Psalms

In the spirit of the pre-Christian psalmists, but non-liturgical.

Organ. Poems by 19th & 20th century authors. Mezzo solo in Nos. 2 and 4.

Boosey & Hawkes. 26 min.

1 Psalm

2 Joy

3 The Song of David

4 Man of My Own People

5 Pied Beauty

CHORAL VARIATIONS ON AMERICAN FOLK SONGS

Piano

G.Schirmer. De Kalb Choral Guild. 14 min.

1 Skip to My Lou

2 Let Us Break Bread Together

3 Love and Pizen

EARTH MY SONG

Piano; poems by K. F. Mechem

G.Schirmer. Schola Cantorum, Palo Alto. 18 min.

1 I Could Hear The Least Bird Sing
2 Isle of The Dead
3 Rebirth

FIVE CENTURIES OF SPRING

a cappella madrigal cycle

Presser. University of Southern California Chamber Singers. 12 min.

1 Spring (Nash)

2 From You Have I Been Absent

3 Laughing Song

4 Loveliest of Trees

5 Spring (Millay)

IN THE LAND OF MORGENSTERN

Im Lande des Morgensterns

Piano. Humorous settings in English and German
of nonsense poems by Christian Morgenstern.

G. Schirmer. Whittier College Choir. 10 min.

1 The Questionnaire

2 The Odor Organ

3 The Lattice Fence

SUITE FOR CHORUS

a cappella

G. Schirmer. Colorado State University Chamber Chorale. 15 min.

1 Kum Ba Ya, Spiritual

2 Too Young to Marry, Folk-song Madrigal

3 They That Mourn, Requiem

4 Papageno and The Prince, Fairy Tale

THREE MADRIGALS

a cappella; poems by K. F. Mechem

G. Schirmer. Volti, San Francisco. 9 min.

1 Impromptu

2 Deny It As She Will

3 Moral Precept

TOURIST TIME

Five Satirical Choruses

piano

ECS. Whittier College Choir. 9 min.

1 Tourist Time

2 Boston

3 Cologne

4 Texas

5 Rome

THE WINDS OF MAY

a cappella; poems by Sara Teasdale

G. Schirmer. Choral Project, San Jose. 8 min.

1 The Tune

2 Let It Be Forgotten

3 Over The Roofs

4 I Shall Not Care (SSAA)

5 Love Me With Your Whole Heart (Song)

WINGING WILDLY

a cappella settings of poems about birds and freedom

G. Schirmer. Volti, San Francisco. 17 min.

1 Birds at Dusk (Teasdale)

2 The Caged Bird (Dunbar)

3 Everyone Sang (Sassoon)