Barnwell’s Notes Publishing maintains the catalog of and administers the rights to the compositions of Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell.  Barnwell’s Notes Publishing is a member of BMI, Westbury Music (London), Harry Fox Agency, and Music Publishers Association.  Barnwell’s Notes Publishing is affiliated with the following publishers: The Musical Source, Mark Foster.

LARGE WORKS
FORTUNE’S BONES: The Manumission Requiem
A cantata for orchestra, chorus and 8 soloists. 
Text by Marilyn Nelson (30 min) © 2009

SUITE DEATH
A setting of four poems LANGSTON HUGHES for Baritone, Mixed Chourus and Orchestra. (20 min)
© 2001

TRUTH PRESSED TO EARTH SHALL RISE
An a cappella work for mixed chorus with original text by Y.M. Barnwell and text adapted from 5 quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (20 min)© 2002

CROSSINGS
An a cappella song suite for mixed chorus originally composed as music for a dance theater work of the same name with narration with narration and choreography by David Rousseve.

Words and music by Y.M. Barnwell (30 min) © 1991
Sections include:

  • Overture
  • No Mirrors In My Nana’s House*
  • Lost In Blue
  • Wanting Memories*
  • When I Die*

URBAN SCENES, CREOLE DREAMS
An a cappella song suite for mixed chorus originally composed for a dance theater work of the same name, with narration and choreography by David Rousseve.

Words and music by Y.M. Barnwell (30 min.) © 1992
Sections include:

  • The Cry
  • The Shout
  • The Spiritual (Cain’t No One Know)*
  • The Gospel (Wings to Fly)*

LESSONS
An a cappella suite of songs for mixed chorus. © 1993

Sections include:

  • Lawd, It’s Midnight
  • They That Wait On The Lawd
  • Ibo Lesson
  • Be Careful
  • We Are…*

SAFE HOUSE: STILL LOOKING
A soundtrack score for a cappella voices and electronic keyboard composed for a dance work choreographed by Liz Lerman. Words and music by Y. M. Barnwell © 1994

Sections include:

  • Train Whistle Intro
  • Looking for a Safe Place
  • How is a Child to Interpret Fear
  • Running Interlude – I
  • Run, Better Run (Trad. Arr. By Y.M. Barnwell)
  • Running Interlude - 2
  • Running Out of, Into…
  • Put on the Whole Armor of God
  • Would You Harbor Me?*
  • Prayer*
  • Still Looking
  • If I Should Die (Trad. Arr. Y.M. Barnwell)
  • We Call The Names

INDABA
A collaborative work of Sweet Honey In The Rock®

Sections by Y.M. Barnwell include:

  • Indaba: Prayer*
  • Indaba: We believe in You

THE NATIVITY
A collaborative work of Sweet Honey in the Rock®

* the song has been recorded by SHIR  

*Publisher Codes:
MS – The Musical Source  
MFM – Mark Foster Music (Shawnee Press)

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