Friday, January 28, 2011


Over the past 11 years I have been fortunate enough to purchase some of Gena Branscombe’s sheet music found on either Ebay or Amazon. Sheet music covers from her era could be works of art. It is easy to see that most of her covers were rather subdued which may be have been her choice or that of the publisher. Enjoy a look at some of her sheet music.

With a photo of the St. Lawrence river, this song features poetry by the composer who was ever dedicated to her beloved Canada. Schmidt published this song in 1921.

As poet and composer Gena's song "Autumn Wind so Wistful" was published in 1911 and republished in 1914 by Arthur Schmidt.

Published by Schmidt in 1917, Gena set the poetry of Katherine Tynan.

Gena teamed with her friend,fellow Canadian and poet Arthur Stringer to compose this song. Published in 1945 by Arthur Stringer. This is dedicated to the World War II Canadian soldiers.

"Songs of the Unafraid" and "Sun Dial" are two of the four song cycles Gena composed. With poetry by Kendall Banning, these were published by Schmidt in 1919 and 1913. The song "At the Postern Gate" from
"Songs of the Unafraid" and "The Morning Wind" from "Sun Dial" are featured in my one-woman show. Recital Publications of Texas republished these two cycles in 1995 and 1989. They are still for sale!

G. Schirmer published this set of piano pieces in 1907 while Gena was teaching at Whitman Conservatory in Walla Walla, Washington.

Her four daughter's were entertained with songs and piano pieces composed for them. "Bluebells" was published in 1916 and "Songs of Childhood" in 1911 by Schmidt and featured Gena's own words!

This is the opening song on my CD and the first song of Gena's I found and learned. Originally published by Wa-Wan Press it was republished by Arthur Schmidt as sheet music and in one of his song books entitled, "Lyric Fancies."

With poetry by Kendall Banning and published by Arthur P. Schmidt in 1913, "Hail Ye Tyme of Holiedayes" went on to be one of her highest selling pieces. Gena not only wrote it as a solo for voice and piano but she arranged it for women's chorus, SATB chorus and men's chorus. A charming holiday song!

This was one of Gena's later published songs; released in 1935 by Galaxy Music Corporation. Poet - Anna Moody.

Published in 1899 by Hatch Music Company, "For Lover's Abroad in Springtime," poetry by Gena's mother Sara E. Branscombe

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