The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Works about Friends





Beware the Winter Settlin’ In
Irish midwinter merrymaking full of welcome and cheer
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • SATB, Celtic band, opt. children’s choir
Level: M
Come Soon
A tender song about friendship and spring, life and death
Poet/Lyricist: Lilian Moore

low voice, piano

Level: M
Conversation on a Train
A difficult but important conversation across a deep divide
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Vocal solo
  • Vocal duet
  • Flexibly voiced chorus
Shelter This Candle
An evocative work about a cave’s complete darkness – and our own dazzling light
Poet/Lyricist: Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • SATB, oboe, horn, cello, harp
Level: A
Sue Loves Butter
An exuberant toast to friendship, fun, and everybody’s favorite comfort food
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • SSA, piano
Level: M
We Give Thanks for Being
A song of gratitude and community for all ages
Poet/Lyricist: Traditional
  • Flexible voicing: 1-4 pt. choir
Level: ME
We Lift Up Our Hearts
An intergenerational song of thanksgiving appropriate for religious or secular occasions
Poet/Lyricist: Richard Fewkes
  • SATB + children’s choir, piano
Level: E
What’s Keeping You From Singing?
A soulful reminder of music’s power to lift the heart
Poet/Lyricist: Elizabeth Alexander
  • SSA a cappella
Level: M