A 25-minute song cycle for baritone and piano, also for baritone and orchestra. New poetry by Margaret Atwood. Commissioned for baritone Joshua Hopkins by the Houston Grand Opera and Canada’s National Arts Centre. First Performance: Sept 10, 2020 at the Rothko Chapel in Houston TX, featuring baritone Joshua Hopkins and pianist Jake Heggie. Orchestral Premiere, [more]
A 40-minute song cycle for mezzo-soprano, solo violin, string quartet and youth solo violin. Texts by Gene Scheer based on stories about violins played by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust; inspired by James Grymes’ book Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust – Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour (Harper [more]
Trois Chansons de Bilitis by Claude Debussy (1897); arranged by Jake Heggie for string quartet (2017) and for flute, harp and string quartet (2020). Debussy’s three iconic songs on the poetry of Pierre Louÿs arranged for Joyce DiDonato for recitals at Wigmore Hall (December 2017) and Carnegie Hall (April 2020). 1) La flûte de Pan [more]
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A cycle of four songs for Soprano & Piano on texts by Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Martin Niemöller and Walt Whitman. (Duration approx. 10 minutes) Commissioned by the Music Academy of the West with the generous support of Dody and Eric Small. Composed for soprano Hannah Kidwell and pianist Christina Giuca, winners of the 2017 [more]
Four songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano. Original texts by Gene Scheer, inspired by iconic objects in the Smithsonian with a particular connection to a former First Lady of the United States. Commissioned by Vocal Arts DC to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Season with generous support from the Shamos Family Foundation, Yolanda C Oertel, MD, and [more]
For mezzo-soprano, cello and piano; also for mezzo-soprano, cello and orchestra (duration approximately 18 minutes). Three symphonic songs based on poetry by the late Laura Morefield (1961-2011), commissioned for mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and cellist Anne Martindale Williams by Carnegie Hall and the Pittsburgh Symphony. First performance: Feb 17, 2015 by Jamie Barton, Anne Martindale Williams [more]
For Soprano and piano. Poetry by Lucy Miller Murray. First Performance: Sept 8, 2014 at Opera America, New York City, by soprano Regina Zona and pianist Kathleen Tagg.
Songs for Soprano and Piano. Poetry by Emily Dickinson. Commissioned by the Ravinia Festival in celebration of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s 70th Birthday. First performance: Aug 12, 2014 at the Miller Theater, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL, with soprano Kiri Te Kanawa and pianist Jake Heggie. 1. Silence 2. I’m Nobody! Who are You? 3. [more]
Companion books to the CD of the same name plus bonus material, featuring songs and arias for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and baritone. Book 1 Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano. Book 2 Tenor and Baritone. HERE/AFTER Song Collections (2013) Book One: Soprano / Mezzo-Soprano Rise and Fall (2007) 1. Water Stone (Noguchi) 2. Incantation Bowl 3. Angels’ Wings [more]
Collections are published Songbooks or books of compositions. The songs and arias are often found individually in Recordings as well as Compositions. One or more recordings have been made. Sheet Music, Scores, Parts and Performance Materials are available from billholabmusic.com.
For Tenor or Baritone and Piano. Poetry by Vachel Lindsay 1. By The Spring, At Sunset 2. Under the Blessing of Your Psyche Wings First performance of By The Spring: Aug 12, 2013 at Bennett Gordon Hall and commissioned by Ravinia Festival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. First performance of [more]
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