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Hubert Bird (1939-     )

Hubert Bird, composerHubert Bird was born in Joplin, Missouri, and received his early education in the public schools of Baxter Springs, Kansas. His college education includes music degrees from Missouri Southern State College, Pittsburg State University (Kansas), and a DMA in composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder. From 1967-1997 Dr. Bird was on the faculty of the Music Department at Keene State College of the University System of New Hampshire. His professional life as a composer, conductor, and tenor soloist has brought Dr. Bird recognition both nationally and internationally. His compositions are performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South America each year, and his works have been professionally released on both in compact disc and cassette tape formats. As a conductor, Dr. Bird has worked not only with college ensembles, but also as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for choruses involving younger singers. He has served as an adjudicator and clinician with choruses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, and New York, as well as Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. Dr. Bird is a member of the American Composers Forum; the American Music Center; the Music Teachers National Association; Music Educators National Conference; the American Choral Directors Association; the American Guild of Organists; the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; and a number of other professional organizations. Additional biographical data on Hubert Bird can be found in sources such as Ruth E. Anderson's "Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary" (G.K. Hall Company, Boston).

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Bird Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Bird on Bird
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The Powerful Potion of Doctor D, comic opera (2003?)

The Powerful Potion of Doctor D, overture, orchestra (????)

Constitution Overture, band (1987)
Epistle to be Left in the Earth, tenor, chorus and wind ensemble (2005?/2006?) [text: Archibald MacLeish]
Yoolis Carol, band (2006?) [based on medieval Christmas carols]

Concertino for Solo Trombone and Band (????)
Canticle for A New Time, [mezzo-soprano and band] (????)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1999; U.S. premiere 2005)
Concertino for Solo Trombone and Band (????)

Chorus w/Orchestra or Band
Legacy: a concert narrative in commemoration of John F. Kennedy, narrator, soprano, chorus and chamber orch (pub. 1994)
    - Prelude (Narration): Now close the windows [text: Robert Frost]
    - Introduction
    - Watch long enough, and you will see the leaf [text: Conrad Aiken]
    - Chorus: Let us now praise famous men [text: Ecclesiasticus]
    - Solo: The illusion of eternity [text: Richard Eberhart]
    - (Recorded narration): From President Kennedy's inaugural address
    - Chorus (Chorale): Since then have passed
    - (Narration): We in this country [text: John F. Kennedy]
    - Chorus: And we are the true spirit
    - Solo with chorus: The master-songs are ended [text: Edwin Arlington Robinson]
    - (Narration): The departure [text: William Vaughn Moody]
    - Solo: From me to thee glad serenades
    - (Narration): Requiem [text: Robert Hillyer]
    - Solo flute: Contemplation
    - Solo: Is it the aster? [text: Robert Hillyer]
    - (Narration): President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
    - Chorus: The light that is the spirit
Epistle to be Left in the Earth, tenor, chorus and wind ensemble (2005?/2006?) [text: Archibald MacLeish]

A Lark Sang, soprano and chorus (????)
Adam lay ybounden, chorus (pub. 1998)
Alleluia, chorus (1999)
Alleluia, 5-part chorus (pub. 1992) [by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi; ??? arr. Hubert Bird]
As Longs the Deer for Cooling Streams, chorus (????)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, a festival anthem, baritone, chorus, brass quartet and organ (pub. 1976)
Bound for the Promised Land, chorus (????)
By an’ By, chorus and piano (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Children, Go Where I Send Thee, chorus and piano (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Come thou fount of every blessing, chorus (????)
The Cricket Sang, chorus and piano (pub. 1966) [text: Emily Dickinson]
Dawn, male chorus (????)
Deep River, chorus and piano (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Down By the Riverside, chorus and piano (????) [trad. Spiritual]
The Dwelling, chorus (????) [text: Thomas Washbourne]
Echoes, chorus (????)
Good News (Chariot’s a-comin’), chorus (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Gospel Train, chorus and piano (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Hallowed Season, chorus (????) [text: William Shakespeare ]
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, chorus [SATBB] (????) [trad. Spiritual]
How Precious is Thy Steadfast Love, chorus (????) [text: Psalms 36: 7, 9]
I Sought the Lord, chorus (????)
I Wan’ to be Ready, chorus (????) [trad. Spiritual]
If Our God Be For Us, chorus and organ (2006?)
The Invited, chorus (????) [text: Anon.]
Jerusalem, My Happy Home, chorus (????)
The Keys of Bethlehem (Yonder comes sister mary), chorus and piano (????) [trad. Spiritual/Christmas]
The King of Love My Shepherd Is, chorus (????)
Like as the Hart Desireth the Water-brooks, chorus (????) [text: Psalms 42:1-3, 5, 8]
Locus iste, [chorus?] (????)
Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place, anthem, tenor and chorus (????)
Magnificat, soprano, tenor, chorus, 4 trumpets and organ (pub. 1966)
Mass, soprano, alto, tenor, brass quartet, organ and timpani (????)
    - The Lord’s Prayer from Mass, medium voice or unison chorus and piano
My Lord, What a Mornin', chorus (????) [trad. Spiritual]
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, chorus (????) [trad.]
My Song Shall Be Always, chorus and organ (????) [text: Psalm 89 paraphrase]
Nobody Knows the Trouble I See, soprano and chorus (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Now From the World (the Light of God is Gone), chorus, clarinet and piano (pub. 2002) [text: Robert Nathan]
Once in royal David's city, chorus (pub. 1992) [hymn tune by Henry J Gauntlett]
Ride On, King Jesus, chorus and piano (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Standin’ in the Need of Prayer, chorus and [piano?] (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Steal Away, tenor and chorus (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, chorus (????) [trad. Spiritual]
Three Biblical Songs, chorus (????)
    - Ho, Every One Who Thirsts, chorus (????) [text: Isaiah 55: 1, 3, 6]
    - How Beautiful Upon the Mountains, chorus (????) [text: Isaiah 52: 7-10]
    - O Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me and Known Me, chorus (????) [text: Psalms 139: 1-3, 7-10, 23]
Three Dorothy Parker Christmas Poems, chorus (????)
    - Prayer For a New Mother
    - The Maid-Servant at the Inn
    - The Gentlest Lady
Three Poems by Dorothy Parker, chorus (????)
    - Prayer for a New Mother
    - The Maid-Servant at the Inn
    - The Gentlest Lady

Hymn anthems
    - My Jesus I Love Thee, chorus
    - I Am Bound for the Promised Land, chorus
    - I Will Arise, chorus
    - What Wondrous Love is This?, chorus
    - The Wayfaring Stranger, chorus
Five Carols, chorus
    - On Christmas Night (The Sussex Carol)
    - Carol of Beauty
    - My Dancing Day
    - The Lord at First Did Adam Make
    - Lullay My Liking
Three Carols, chorus
    - O Come, All Ye Faithful
    - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
    - The First Nowell

85 choral works of American folk origin from the Thomas Brooks Choral Series (Schaffner Publishing Company)

Dialogues, flute, clarinet and piano (1973)
Declamations, antiphonal brass quartets (pub. 1983)
Quintet for Brass (in five movements) (1985)

Duo Concertante, 2 trumpets and piano (????)
Exchanges, flute, clarinet and piano (????)
Reflections I, flute and guitar (????)
Reflections II, flute and guitar (????)

Instrument and Piano or Organ
Fanfare, Pastorale and Alleluia, trumpet and organ (pub. 1993)
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2000?)

Solo Instrument
Contemplation, flute (????)

Sonata for Piano (????)
Suite for Organ (pub. 2003)

Canticle for A New Time, [mezzo-soprano and band] (????)
A Gift of Self, song-cycle (8 songs), high voice and piano (????)
Six Songs of Solomon, baritone, oboe, horn and piano (????)



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Composer's website [none at the moment]    . . .   contact Hubert Bird:  here

Hubert Bird @ American Composers Forum
Hubert Bird @ American Music Center
Hubert Bird @ ASCAP
Hubert Bird @ Lycoria
Hubert Bird @ Lux Nova Press
Hubert Bird @ The New York Times
Hubert Bird @ Schaffner Publishing Company
Hubert Bird @ Sigma Alpha Iota
Hubert Bird @ Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra
Hubert Bird @ University of Scranton    also     here

Hubert Bird @ Alliance Music Publications
Hubert Bird @ Carl Fischer
Hubert Bird @ Kansas State College of Pittsburg
Hubert Bird @ Theodore Presser
Hubert Bird @ G. Schirmer
Hubert Bird @
Hubert Bird @ Lux Nova Press
Hubert Bird @ Schaffner Publishing Company    also     here    and     here

Streaming Audio
[none at the moment]

Hubert Bird @ ClassicsOnline
Hubert Bird @ Lycoria

Hubert Bird @ YouTube
Hubert Bird @ Google Video
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