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A Season of Sensations for high voice and piano, 24 pgs

A Season of Sensations for high voice and piano, 24 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections

Levels: Advanced - Levels 9, 10, Diploma, Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

  1. Mirage - Level 8
  2. High-Sun Summer - Level 7
  3. Daring To Be Found In A Summer Lawn - Level 9

Dreams occupy a significant part of our lives, but we don’t always remember or take note of them. These poems explore the sometimes strange flow of seemingly disconnected images across our subconscious, as well as the various sensations upon waking. The poems also feature our five senses, all of which somehow can be experienced even in our sleep.
- Meg Freer, Poet

Commissioned by Graphite Publishing ’s Art Song Consortium 

PDFs Available at https://graphitepublishing.com

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A Season of Sensations for medium voice and piano, 24 pgs

A Season of Sensations for medium voice and piano, 24 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections

Levels: Advanced - Levels 9, 10, Diploma, Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

  1. Mirage - Level 8
  2. High-Sun Summer - Level 7
  3. Daring To Be Found In A Summer Lawn - Level 9

Dreams occupy a significant part of our lives, but we don’t always remember or take note of them. These poems explore the sometimes strange flow of seemingly disconnected images across our subconscious, as well as the various sensations upon waking. The poems also feature our five senses, all of which somehow can be experienced even in our sleep.
- Meg Freer, Poet

Commissioned by Graphite Publishing ’s Art Song Consortium

PDFs Available at https://graphitepublishing.com

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Florals for Med. High/High Voice and Piano, 44 pgs

Florals for Med. High/High Voice and Piano, 44 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections, Vocal Solos

Levels: Advanced - Levels 9, 10, Diploma

FLORALS was written for Soprano Elizabeth McDonald in the fall of 2009 while I was away with my husband in Cambridge, UK. Thanks to a keyboard donation from a London astronomer and Elizabeth's e-mail comments, encouragements and careful warnings, I was off and running. M.H. Duncan

DOUBLE-RED DAISIES, poetry by Robert Graves, Level 10 -  the antics of a jealous gardener
FIRE-FLOWERS, poetry by E. Pauline Johnson, CSCalg Level 10 -  grief and joyous rebirth.
THE DAISY, poetry by Rennell Rodd, CSCalg Level 9 -  a hypnotic miniature.
WILD ASTERS, poetry by Marjorie Pickthall, Level 10 -  written in Ediburgh, so an interesting mix of Canadian and Scottish landscape
FLOWERING, poetry by Carla Hartsfield, CSCalg Level 10 -  a tango of betrayal.

CSCalg: Contemporary Showcase Calgary

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Double-Red Daisies
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Fire-Flowers
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The Daisy
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Wild Asters
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Flowering
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From Earth to Sky - 7 Vocal Duets for Medium High Voice and Piano, 52 pgs

From Earth to Sky - 7 Vocal Duets for Medium High Voice and Piano, 52 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections, Vocal Duets

Levels: Intermediate - Levels 5, 6, Junior - Levels 3, 4

  1. TO HOME for soprano, alto & piano, poetry by Janet Windeler Ryan
  2. UNDER THE PAINTED SKY for soprano, alto & piano, poetry by Janet Winder Ryan
  3. FOR MY MOTHER for soprano, alto & piano, poetry by Janet Windeler Ryan
  4. SUNSET SONG for two sopranos & piano, poetry by Janet Windeler Ryan
  5. QUEEN OF THE NORTH for soprano, alto & piano,  poetry by Linda Jacques
  6. GRATEFUL for soprano, alto & piano, poetry by Martha Hill Duncan
  7. MAPLE DUST for soprano, alto, flute and piano,  poetry by Airlie Clarke

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To Home
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Under the Painted Sky
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For My Mother
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Sunset Song
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Queen of the North
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Grateful
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Maple Dust
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How Will the Rain Fall? Four Songs of Reflection for Med. High/High Voice, 40 pages

How Will the Rain Fall? Four Songs of Reflection for Med. High/High Voice, 40 pages

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections, Vocal Solos

Levels: Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

These songs were composed over several years with all of the beautiful and thoughtful texts written by my friend and frequent collaborator Janet Windeler Ryan. She never fails to inspire me with her poetry and these four, in particular, truly moved me. M.H.Duncan

WALTZ FOR A FRIDAY EVENING, CSCalg Level 8
“Always thinking that the world should
be moving much slower
as music moves so our lives should too”

CLEAR SHINING MOMENT, RCM, CSCalg Level 8
“Always in my heart there’s a memory like a photograph…

THE WAR MEMORIAL, CSCalg Level 8
“And with the dawn we shall remember…”

HOW WILL THE RAIN FALL?, CSCalg Level 8
“How will the rain fall upon my garden?“

RCM: The Royal Conservatory of Music

CSCalg: Contemporary Showcase Calgary

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Maple Dust and Other Delicacies for Med. High/HighVoice & Piano, 56 pgs

Maple Dust and Other Delicacies for Med. High/HighVoice & Piano, 56 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections

Levels: Advanced - Levels 9, 10, Diploma, Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

MAPLE DUST, CSCalg, Level 5, poetry by Airlie Clarke, describes fall in Ancaster, Ontario and was a winner in the 2009 CFMTA Call for Compositions.

ODE TO A TIGER, CSCalg, Level 9, poetry by Amelia Forrester Petersen, was written for the poet’s great great grand-daughter, Madison.

LADY'S SLIPPER, Level 9, poetry by Carol Chitovas and THIS GIRL DANCED SPRING, Level 8, with lyrics by Kingston, Ontario songwriter Gary Rasberry, were originally composed for my women’s choir She Sings!

I wrote WHO IS SHE?, Level 8, for the 2010 campaign of the Ban Righ Foundation of Queen’s University and it is dedicated to all of the inspiring women in my life…there are many! M.H Duncan

CSCal: Contemporary Showcase Calgary

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Maple Dust
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Ode to a Tiger
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Lady's Slipper
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This Girl Danced Spring
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Who is She?
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Porch Songs Light-hearted laments for High Voice, 36 pgs

Porch Songs Light-hearted laments for High Voice, 36 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections, Vocal Solos

Levels: Advanced - Levels 9, 10, Diploma

These “Light-hearted laments” were  inspired by the playful but thought-provoking writing of my friend and frequent collaborator, Janet Windeler Ryan. Sitting on the Porch was definitely the inspiration for the set, and Janet was generous in allowing me to pick the other two poems from her amazing collection. Janet is an avid gardener, and her affinity with the earth, light and the seasons is threaded throughout her work. M. H. Duncan

Level 9, CSCalg: SITTING ON THE PORCH, SOUTHERN FRIED

Level 10: THE RELUCTANT ARMCHAIR

CSCalg: Contemporary Showcase Calgary

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Sitting on the Porch
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Southern Fried
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The Reluctant Armchair
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Saskatchewan Songs for High Voice, 56 pgs

Saskatchewan Songs for High Voice, 56 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Opera, Vocal Collections, Vocal Solos

Levels: Advanced - Levels 9, 10, Diploma, Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

Working with contralto and poet Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber has been extremely rewarding for me and I hope that my music has fully showcased her evocative, imaginative and nostalgic poetry about growing up in Saskatchewan.  Thanks to Clarisse Tonigussi for her suggestions in the nigh transpositions. M.H. Duncan

Level 8, RCM, CSS: SASKATCHEWAN LESSONS

Level 9, CSS: PRAIRIE LILY

Level 10, CSS: OUTSIDE TO PLAY ON A WINTER'S DAY, BIKE RIDE IN THE COUNTRY, I AM A FARMER'S DAUGHTER

RCM: The Royal Conservatory of Music

CSS: Contemporary Showcase Syllabus

Contemporary Showcase Calgary Staged Works: Opera - all

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Outside to Play on a Winter's Day
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Bike Ride in the Country
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Prairie Lily
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I Am A Farmer's Daughter
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Saskatchewan Lessons
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Saskatchewan Songs for Low Voice, 56 pgs

Saskatchewan Songs for Low Voice, 56 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Opera, Vocal Collections, Vocal Solos

Levels: Advanced - Levels 9, 10, Diploma, Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

Working with contralto and poet Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber has been extremely rewarding for me and I hope that my music has fully showcased her evocative, imaginative and nostalgic poetry about growing up in Saskatchewan.  M.H. Duncan

Level 8, RCM, CSS: SASKATCHEWAN LESSONS

Level 9, CSS: PRAIRIE LILY

Level 10, CSS: OUTSIDE TO PLAY ON A WINTER'S DAY, BIKE RIDE IN THE COUNTRY, I AM A FARMER'S DAUGHTER

RCM: The Royal Conservatory of Music

CSS: Contemporary Showcase Syllabus

Contemporary Showcase Calgary Staged Works: Opera - all

Individual E-Pieces available at Martha Hill Duncan

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Outside to Play
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Bike Ride in the Country
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Farmer's Daughter
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Prairie Lily
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Saskatchewan Songs
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Searching the Painted Sky, Imaginative Art Songs for Medium High Voice and Piano, 28 pgs

Searching the Painted Sky, Imaginative Art Songs for Medium High Voice and Piano, 28 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections

Levels: Intermediate - Levels 5, 6, Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

Thanks to poet Janet Windeler Ryan for entrusting me with her fresh, expressive poetry. Singers should feel free to alter the suggested tempo markings to accommodate individual vocal needs. I would encourage a flexible and warm contemporary style with imaginative word painting where possible. M.H. Duncan

Level 5: STILL

Level 5, RCM: PETAL WALTZ

Level 5, RCM, CSCalg: DEEP WINTER SNOWFALL

Level 8: SEARCHING THE PAINTED SKY

Level 8, CSCalg: IF I MADE A WISH

RCM: The Royal Conservatory of Music

CSCalg: Contemporary Showcase Calgary

Individual E-Pieces available at http://marthahillduncan.com

 

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Deep Winter Snowfall
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Searching the Painted Sky
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Petal Waltz
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If I Made A Wish
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Singing in the Northland, Volume 1, 36 pgs

Singing in the Northland, Volume 1, 36 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections

Levels: Intermediate - Levels 5, 6, Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

A celebration of Canadian poetry in song for voice and piano. Includes poetry by Charles G.D Roberts, Marjorie, Pickthall and Bliss Carman.

THE BROOK IN FEBRUARY, Level 7 - a little song of "spring thaw" hints at contemporary dissonance.  A CHILD'S PRAYER AT EVENING, Level 7, A starlit mood with opening line in Latin. DAISY TIME, RCM Level 7, explores varied metre. LIFE, Level 5,  A melodramatic miniature.  QUIET, Level 5, with a gentle Celtic flavour.  THE STAR, RCM Level 5,  A little song with big sentiment. THE DUSTMAN: A haunting call and response duet.

Contemporary Showcase Calgary - choose one

Digital Downloads available from Graphite Publishing

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The Brook
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A Child's Prayer at Evening
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Daisy Time
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The Dustman
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Singing in the Northland, Volume 2, 44 pgs

Singing in the Northland, Volume 2, 44 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections, Vocal Duets, Vocal Solos

Levels: Advanced - Levels 9, 10, Diploma, Intermediate - Levels 5, 6, Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

A celebration of Canadian poetry in song for voice and piano featuring poetry by Charles G.D. Roberts, E. Pauline Johnson and Bliss Carman.

GREY ROCKS AND GREYER SEAS: RCM, CSS Level 9, a jazz-inspired song of love lost. LADY ICICLE: Level 6, vocal storytelling full of special effects. RAINFALL: Level 9, a whipping and whirling summer rainstorm, won 3rd place in the 2005 Diana Barnhart American Song Competition. SEVERANCE: RCM, CSS Level 8, a dramatic tale of separation and longing. Honorable Mention in the 2005 Diana Barnhart American Song Competition. WHERE LEAPS THE STE. MARIE: RCM Level 6,  sweeping vocal and piano lines imitate the St. Marie River. BE QUIET, WIND: a vocal duet with wind chimes in the piano background. ROADSIDE FLOWERS: a two soprano duet that works well for many performance occasions. M.H. Duncan

CSS: Contemporary Showcase Syllabus

Contemporary Showcase Calgary: Choose one

Downloads available from http://www.graphitepublishing.com

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Grey Rocks, Greyer Seas
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Lady Icicle
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Rainfall
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Severance
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Where Leaps the Ste. Marie
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Be Quiet, Wind
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Roadside Flower
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Summer  - Imaginative Art Songs for Med. High Voice, 40 pgs

Summer - Imaginative Art Songs for Med. High Voice, 40 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Vocal Collections

Levels: Intermediate - Levels 5, 6, Junior - Levels 3, 4

Thanks to my good friend Linda Jacques for inspiring me with her memories of summers on Georgian Bay. These songs can be sung and enjoyed by all ages and singers should feel free to alter the suggested tempo marking to accomodate individual vocal needs.  They are intended to evoke images and to entertain, so I encourage you to find subtle ways to use voice and gestues to further the poetry.  I imagine them performed singly, in groupings or as a complete set (in any order).M.H. Duncan

Level 3 CSS: SAND FLEAS

Level 3, RCM, CSS MY CEDAR CANOE

Level 4, RCM: THE SWIMMER

Level 4, RCM, CSS: CLOUD DREAMS

Level 5, RCM, CSS: NIGHT LIGHTS

Level 6: QUEEN OF THE NORTH

RCM: The Royal Conservatory of Music

CSS: Contemporary Showcase Syllabus

Individual E-Pieces available at http://marthahillduncan.com

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My Cedar Canoe
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Sand Fleas
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The Swimmer
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Cloud Dreams
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Queen of the North
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Night Lights
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Vocal Selections from Searching the Painted Sky, The Opera, 64 pgs

Vocal Selections from Searching the Painted Sky, The Opera, 64 pgs

Martha Hill Duncan

Categories: Opera, Vocal Collections

Levels: Intermediate - Levels 5, 6, Junior - Levels 3, 4, Late Intermediate - Levels 7, 8

Vocal selections from The Youth Opera, Searching the Painted Sky, (64 pages), story and libretto by Janet Winder Ryan, music by M.H. Duncan). Inspired by the art song collection Searching the Painted Sky, this is the story of two sisters who have lost their mother and live with their father. After a run-in with an exotic fortune teller, their lives take a turn into fantasy, complete with strange, funny and fantastical characters.  Premiered by The Youth Opera of El Paso  at the 2014 National Opera Association Convention in New York City. Please contact M.H. Duncan directly regarding any interest in staging the opera.

AS MORNING OPENS, HOLIDAY (CSS),BEANS AND MUSTARD, (CSS), TO HOME(CSS), UNDER THE PAINTED SKY, WORKING HARD, FOR MY MOTHER (CSS), CRAB TANGO, ELLEGEÉ, SUNSET SONG, LULLABY

CSS: Contemporary Showcase Syllabus

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As Morning Opens
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Holiday
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Beans and Mustard
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To Home
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Under the Painted Sky
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Working Hard
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For My Mother
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Crab Tango
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Ellegeé
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Sunset Song
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Lullaby
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