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Gay Composers

Hello All,
I am trying to put together a concert themed on the works of gay and lesbian composers. I would also be willing to throw some pieces into my program that have gay themed subject matter. 
Please let me know if you have a good ideas. This is for my university choir. 
Thank you,
-Samuel Tolley 
Replies (43): Threaded | Chronological
on December 15, 2011 6:32am
To Malcom and
on December 15, 2011 12:25pm
"Underperformed" ?!? Among composers who were/are gay: Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Schubert, Britten, Copland, Bernstein, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, and on and on.
Mr. Tolley will have no problem finding enough choral masterpieces by gay composers. Indeed, his challenge is to come up with a short list from so vast a repertoire.  
It is very good, that this topic has already drawn over 800 viewers.  
on December 18, 2011 5:16am
Greetings!  I am a gay composer as well, and have many works for SATB choir, a few for TTBB and a few with piano.   These pieces range from overt love poetry in the text to a little less "in your face" as it were.  My works focus on same sex relationships, but one would not be able to precieve any difference between the the text I choose to work with, and any anthem used for Sunday worship.  It's all about the context the word "Him" is taken. 
One of my favorite lines: "All I want to do is sing his praises", fit's equally well in either sacred or secular relms.
If you would like, I can send you PFD scores to look over, should you still be looking for works.
on January 18, 2012 6:04am
Samuel, I just found your notice today!   I am a lesbian composer who specializes in music for women's chorus , but I also have pieces for mixed chorus. Contact me at I can send you a perusal copy of any of my works, or send you a playlist of what I have. 
Remember the ladies!
Naomi Stephan
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