Graphite Publishing is organizing an art song consortium for 4 brand new cycles of art song. Four of our most prolific composers of art song will write a cycle for four different voice parts. As a consortium member, you and your students will give regional premieres of these songs. The buy-in cost is only $250 to get copies of all four new cycles. You’d be helping to bring new art song into the world for $62.50 per cycle! Martha Hill Duncan will write for soprano and piano, Jocelyn Hagen will write for mezzo-soprano, piano and string quartet, Paul John Rudoi will write for tenor and piano, and Timothy C. Takach will write for bass-baritone and piano. Help art song stay relevant and fresh by contributing to its creation. Contact info@graphitepublishing.com for more details.

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1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.

2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.

3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.

4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.

5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.