Compositions

Choral Secular
    (All works are published by Herbolsheimer Music Catalogue unless otherwise noted)

  • American Folk Song Settings (Choral) in 6 movementsRequest score
    Lovely William
    SSA, Piano (3.5')
    Text: Ozark Folk
    Vance Randolph collection
    Lovely William
    SATB, Piano (3.5')
    Text: Ozark Folk
    Vance Randolph collection
    Old Woman
    SATB, Piano (1')
    Text: Ozark Folk
    Vance Randolph collection
    Ratcoon
    TBB, Piano (1')
    Published by Colla Voce 39-20118
    Text: Ozark Folk
    Vance Randolph collection, Quick, funny
    Red River Valley
    SATB, Piano (3.5')
    Published by Colla Voce 39-20119
    Traditional American, simple, haunting
    The Mean Old Booger
    SATB, Piano
    Text: Ozark Folk
    Vance Randolph collection, Quick, funny
  • Black Birds in 4 movementsRequest score
    I. Blackbirds
    SATB, Clarinet, Marimba
    Text: Aidar Galeev
    II. Magpie
    SATB, Clarinet, Marimba
    Text: Eleanor Stuart [Karen Kammerer]
    III. Crow
    SATB, Clarinet, Marimba
    Text: Matayoshi
    IV. Starlings
    SATB, Clarinet, Marimba
    Text: Herbolsheimer
  • Dos Sueños in 2 movementsRequest score
    I. Y soñe que Dios
    TB unison, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings, Percussion
    Text: Spanish, Machado
    Stunning, sensual music
    II. Mi Corazón
    SSAATTBB, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Strings, Percussion
    Text: Spanish, Lorca
    Stunning, sensual music
  • Five Dainties from Ralph Roister Doister in 5 movementsRequest score
    I. Mirth
    SATB, Clarinet
    Text: 14th c.
    Light, comic, settings
    II. Serenade
    SATB, Clarinet
    Text: 14th c.
    Light, comic, settings
    III. Reflection
    SATB, Clarinet
    Text: 14th c.
    Light, comic, settings
    IV. Music
    SATB, Clarinet
    Text: 14th c.
    Light, comic, settings
    V. Apologue
    SATB, Clarinet
    Text: 14th c.
    Light, comic, settings
  • Frutas Tropicales in 3 movementsRequest score
    I. La Pitaya
    SSAATTBB
    Text: Spanish, Herbolsheimer
    Comic, very quick scherzo
    II. Mamacita Mamey
    SSAATTBB
    Text: Spanish, Herbolsheimer
    Lullaby
    III. La Guanabana
    SATB
    Text: Spanish, Herbolsheimer
  • Love Letters in 4 movementsRequest score
    I. Gold and Silver
    SATB
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
    For his unaccompanied choral cycle Love Letters, Bern Herbolsheimer has chosen four traditional Tatar love-songs in the four-line poetic form of a ruba’i (the plural is “rubaiyat”). The poems are united by the mention of colors and reflect rapture and loneliness alike. Love Letters is a perfect example of Herbolsheimer’s luscious lyricism and consummate craftsmanship.

    Once I had a gold and silver thimble,
    But I can’t set it on the table now.
    I would go to you within this note I write,
    But I can’t fit inside of it.
    II. Red or Coral
    SATB
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
    III. White
    Sop solo, SATB
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
    IV. Rosy
    SATB
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
  • Magpie, Version 1Request score
    SATB (3')
    Text: Eleanor Stuart [Karen Kammerer]
  • Magpie, Version 2Request score
    2 Sop. solos, SSSSAAA (7')
    Text: Eleanor Stuart [Karen Kammerer]
  • Mirrors of Love in 3 movementsRequest score
    I. Ecstasy
    SATB, Cello, Piano (6')
    Text: Jean Lahor, tr. Herbolsheimer
    French symbolist poetry
    II. The Green Hummingbird
    Solo Sop., SATB, Cello, Piano (3')
    Text: Leconte de Lisle, tr. Herbolsheimer
    French symbolist poetry
    III. The Mirror of Love
    SSAATB, Cello, Piano (6.5')
    Text: Baudelaire, tr. Herbolsheimer
    French symbolist poetry
  • Musicians Wrestle EverywhereRequest score
    SSAATTBB (4')
    Text: Emily Dickinson
  • Nightingale's Tongue in 6 movementsRequest score
    I. Sing!
    SSAATBB, Piano
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
    Easy, fun settings, signficiant piano accompaniment
    II. Young man, sing beautifully
    SSAA, Piano
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
    Easy, fun settings, signficiant piano accompaniment
    III. A nightingale sings
    TB, Piano
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
    Easy, fun settings, signficiant piano accompaniment
    IV. There are two flower beds in the garden
    SAATB, Piano
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
    Easy, fun settings, signficiant piano accompaniment
    V. Stirring and rinsing
    SATB, Piano
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
    Easy, fun settings, signficiant piano accompaniment
    VI. Let noble flowers bloom
    SSATTBB, Piano
    Text: Tatar Folk Poetry, tr. Galeev
    Easy, fun settings, signficiant piano accompaniment
  • Thanksgiving Day, 1861: One Vacant ChairRequest score
    Mezzo solo, SSAATTBB (5')
    Text: H.S. Washburn
  • Three Choruses from Mark Me TwainRequest score
    2 Sop. solos, Ten. solo, Bar. solo, SATB, Piano (14 mins)
    Text: Libretto by Phil Shallat
  • Three French Carols in 3 movementsRequest score
    I. Silly Shepherds
    SATB, Chamber Orchestra OR Piano OR Harp (4.5')
    Published by E.C. Schirmer 7.0492
    Text: Herbolsheimer
    Based on a music tune of French origin
    II. O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Veni Emmanuel)
    Sop. Solo, SATB, Harp (or Keyboard) (3.5')
    Text: O Antiphon
    Herbolsheimer assigns the chant first to a solo soprano with delicate instrumental flurries. For the last verse, he expands from a mostly unison texture to a full four voices, assigning increasing majesty to mankind’s appeal to be of “one heart and mind”.
    III. Aye! Sing we now
    SATB, Harp (or Keyboard) (3')
    Text: Herbolsheimer
    Christmas, celebratory carol
  • Un Parajillo CantaRequest score
    SAB, piano (2')
    Text: Spanish, Uicab
    Mexican lullaby