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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-- / No. 392-03103 BUY
2. hist whist / No. 392-03104 BUY
3. when god lets my body be / No. 392-03105 BUY
4. Buffalo Bill's / No. 392-03106 BUY

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 / No. 392-03094 BUY

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 / No. 392-03064 BUY
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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 / No. 392-03087 BUY
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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 / No. 392-03086 BUY

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 / No. 392-03070 BUY

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 / No. 392-03053 BUY

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 / No. 392-03085 BUY

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 / No. 392-03095 BUY

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 / No. 392-03079 BUY

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 / 392-03080 BUY

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 / No. 392-03072 BUY

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 / No. 392-03071 BUY

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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