Lee Kesselman
Kesselman Press

Hymn to Time for SATB & piano (2023); lyrics by Ursula LeGuin; see/hear performance

An Old Story (2022)for SATB and piano; lyrics by Tracy K. Smith, see score, hear recording, purchase ; commissioned by White Plains High School (NY)

Something Missing (2021) for SATB or treble chorus see score, see video & purchase

Wagon of Shoes (2020) for SATB chorus, solo T, violin and piano.  12 minutes.  texts in English, Latin, Lithuanian and Hebrew  see score & purchase   see video, performed by DAINAVA

The Way We Meet (2020) for SATB voices; lyrics by Margaret Noodin  see score & purchasehear recording

Remember US for SATB chorus, narrator and string orchestra (2020)  

Tsvey Taybelekh (2004/2019)
SATB chorus & piano
Traditional Yiddish song
Commissioned by the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir; SATB version commissioned by DAINAVA Lithuanian Choral Ensemble & Lansing Community College   See video

For SSAATB, strings, organ, piano, percussion
Commissioned by Allegro Choirs of Kansas City    Kesselman Press                                   see performance     hear recording

Tu Se Morta (2016)
After Monteverdi from ORFEO
SATB   hear recording

Be Thou My Vision (2016)
Traditional Irish hymn 
Commissioned by Chicago Chamber Choir
SATB   Available from MusicSpoke                see score, hear recording

Molly Malone (2015)
Irish folksong
SATB & piano
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48023889 
sample pages & audio

Praise to the Light of the World (2014)
Men’s choir, women’s choir, SATB, symphonic band
Commissioned by Wheaton College & Northwestern College
Texts; Biblical and Hildegard von Bingen Kesselman Press hear recording

Be Still (2013) SATB                                              Text: John Dombek                                  Available from MusicSpoke                                  see score, hear recording

Kaddish for my Father (2012)
For SATB, clarinet & piano     10'            Available from MusicSpoke
see score, hear recording

Musica est Dei (2011)
SATB & piano
Commissioned by Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48023113
sample pages & audio

Black is the Colour (2011)
Scottish/Appalachian folksong for SATB & oboe
Colla Voce #20-95890  see video
see scorehear recording

Ae Fond Kiss (2011)
Scottish folk song for SATB and piano
Commissioned by the Charlotte Children’s Choir     Kesselman Press

Something So Close to the Soul (2011)
SATB, oboe, French horn, string bass & piano
Commissioned by White Plains High School
Texts: Juan Ramón Jiménez               Kesselman Press

The One in Every Form (2010)
SATB & piano
Commissioned by Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL     Kesselman Press

Munoera (Shona Sanctus) (2009)
for treble voices or male voices or mixed voices and African percussion
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48021023              sample pages & audio

Handel Trio (2010)
Mixed chorus, piano duet, 3 percussionists
Based on three choruses by Handel
1. From harmony, heav’nly harmony (from Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day)
2. How Long O Lord (from Susanna)
3. Zadok the Priest (Coronation Anthem #1)  Kesselman Press

Measuring the Holy (2010)
for mixed chorus, treble voices, chamber orchestra (fl, perc, piano, strings)
30 minutes
Commissioned by Cantare Con Vivo (Oakland, Ca)
Texts: Kazuaki Tanahashi, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Ibn’ Arabi, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Li Bai, Wendell Berry, Wintu songs, Mass fragments     Kesselman Press                      hear recording of mvmts 1-3

For Love is Life (2009)
SATB & piano
Text: Umar ibn al-Farid                        Kesselman Press  See score / hear recording

What Child Is This? (2008)
SATB & flute
Traditional carol    Available from MusicSpoke  see score, hear recording

Love Song for a Common Destiny (2008)
SATB           Text: from the Earth Charter    Available from MusicSpoke                             see score, hear recording

Meet Us in the Air (2008)
SATB & piano
Commissioned by Steven Bell for the Teaneck (NJ) Community Chorus
Text: Wendell Berry     Kesselman Press       hear recording

For All Who Mourn (2008)
in memory of the tragedy on the NIU campus in February 2008
Text: Arthur Guiterman    Kesselman Press

As One is One (2008)
for SATB, contrabass, and piano
Commissioned by Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Text: Lee R. Kesselman, with fragments from R. M. Rilke and Isavasyopanishad
Boosey & Hawkes  #HL 48020744            sample pages & audio

Invention (2007)
based on Prelude #3 in C#, WTC, Bk. II, by J. S. Bach      Kesselman Press                             hear recording

Alo Amar (2007)
for SATB and wind ensemble
Commissioned by the American School of Bombay (Mumbai, India)
Text: Rabindranath Tagore    Kesselman Press

Hope is the Song (2007)
SATB, piano, bass and drums
Commissioned by San Ramon Valley High School
Text: Gordon Parks
Roger Dean Music Publishers  #15/2711R  sample score pages

This Grand Show is Eternal (2006)
SATB and organ
Commissioned by the San Francisco Lyric Chorus
Text: John Muir     Kesselman Press            Hear recording

Play on Your Harp (2006)
SATB and harp          sample pages
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48019484                   hear recording                

SENSOO (2006)
for SATB and optional crotales
Boosey & Hawkes

In terra aliena (2005)
Psalm 137
Commissioned by Central Bucks High School  Available on MusicSpoke                                 see score, hear recording

Songs of Wonder (2005)
1. Hodie Christus natus est
2. Mirabile mysterium
Boosey & Hawkes

Freedom Chimes (2004)
for SATB, concert band and dramatic readers
Commissioned by Bolingbrook (IL) High School
for the dedication of its new performing arts facility
Texts: Sojourner Truth, Liberty Bell, Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
John F. Kennedy, James W. Johnson, traditional spiritual   Kesselman Press

In the Bleak Mid-Winter (2003)
arr.SATB (some divisi)
(Original music and text by Holst/Rossetti)
Roger Dean Music Publishers                        hear recording                 sample score pages

Eiliyahu Hanavi (1998)
for SATB and piano
Arranged for St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Texas
(chamber orchestra version available)  hear recording, see score, purchase

Song of the Sky Loom (2002)
for SAB + SATB (or SATB) voices and piano
Commissioned by Naperville, IL, high schools and middle schools     Kesselman Press

River (2002)
for SATB voices, piano, bass and handdrums
Commissioned by New Lenox Central High School, Illinois
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48005116             sample pages & audio

The Life We Have (2002)
for SATB voices and string ensemble
Commissioned by Lakota Ridge Junior High School, Ohio   Kesselman Press

Let Peace Descend (2002)
for SATB voices and wind ensemble
(re-instrumentation for winds, 3 solo strings, & perc, 2002)
Commissioned by St. Mary’s University, Winona, MN   listen to recording of original version

Auld Lang Syne (2000)
for SATB voices and piano
Commissioned by Stetson University Children’s Chorus
SATB for the Teaneck Community Chorus
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48005108
(orchestration available for full or chamber orchestra)

Kadosh / Benedictus (1999)
SAB, brass quintet and organ
Commissioned by Kentucky ACDA for the
Kentucky All-State Middle School / Junior High Honors Chorus
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48004909

Let me be to Thee as the Circling Bird (1998)
SATB, strings; text: Gerard Manley Hopkins
Commissioned by Glenbard West High School
Roger Dean Music Publishers #15-1640R

Jackson’s Carol (1998)
SATB, Honorable Mention in Amadeus Choir 1999 Carol Contest
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 4800511   hear recording


Seize the Day (1998)
SAB, 2 celli, piano
Commissioned by Deer Path Jr. High School, Lake Forest, IL
text: Kesselman (in conjunction with Deer Path students)   Kesselman Press

Two Swedish Carols (1997)
Commissioned by Lynn Payette
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48004776

SHONA MASS (1993-1997)                        Boosey & Hawkes
variable voicings: see listed under individual movements under children’s chorus
TENZI, Mbiri Kuna Mwari, Akakomborerwa, Hwayana yaMwari

Nights in Armor (1996)
Commissioned by Cantori, Hobart & Wm. Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Texts: Tennyson, Kesselman; SATB; 4 movements
Boosey & Hawkes

Jubilate Deo (1996)
SATB, 2 tpts, strings, timp
SATB version for DuPage Chorale
Boosey and Hawkes

A Christmas Hymn (1995)
SATB and harp; Text: Richard Wilbur   Kesselman Press

De Ballad ob de Boll Weevil (1995)
American folk song for SATB and cello
Boosey & Hawkes

Street Corner Carols (1993) for SATB, trumpet, tuba, and percussion  Kesselman Press

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
from Street Corner Carols (1993)
SATB   Available from MusicSpoke

Old Rosin the Beau (1992)
American folk song for SATB and viola or violin
Boosey & Hawkes

Dawn (1992), for SATB and hand drums, Native American texts,
Commissioned by Wheaton Central High School     Kesselman Press

The Friendly Beasts (1990), carol for SATB and harp (or piano)
Colla Voce #20-96510       see score

May the Words of My Mouth (1989)
sacred, SATB   Kesselman Press

Jesus Born in Bethlea (1988), carol for SATB chorus & harp
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48004764                  hear recording

American Voices (1986)
with French horn and piano
Texts: Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman (15 minutes)
Commissioned by College of DuPage to commemorate its new Arts Center
Honorable Mention in the Melodious Accord (N.Y.) Composition Search   Kesselman Press

When Daffodils Begin to Peer (1985),                 SATB, a madrigal
Text: Shakespeare  Kesselman Press

The Dimension of Stillness (1985)
with flute, percussion, and piano
Text: Ezra Pound (12 minutes)            Kesselman Press

Heavenly Harmony (1984)
with SSA chorus, wind/percussion/organ
Text: Dryden (13 minutes)
Commissioned by Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools           Kesselman Press

Hush-a-ba, Birdie (1982), Scottish folk song
Boosey & Hawkes #HL 48019763              sample pages & audio

The 14 Knights of Christmas (1979)

A Cup of Rejoicing (1978) Shaker tune
Classic Artists / Laurendale   CAP-09       sample pages

A Resurrection (1977) with flute                    Text: Ron Bayes      Kesselman Press

Buzzings (1977) three pieces about bees; Texts: Emily Dickinson (4 min.)
Second Prize: Chautauqua Chamber Singers Composition Contest, 1992  listen                      G. Schirmer  #HL 50499572

Two Meditations on Yeats (1976)
Texts: W. B. Yeats Winner, 1985 Illinois ACDA Composition Prize   Kesselman Press

Posted: Jun-26-2024
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