Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

April 12, 2008

“Spirit” for voice and piano, now available for free download!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 6:22 am

In 2007, San Antonio composer/musician/vocalist Paul Marbach—a good friend of Kendra’s and a friend of our family—set the poems in my 2006 chapbook SPIRIT to music, working for months on a voice-piano adaptation. The composition was finished in late 2007, and Paul made a reference recording with Kendra singing. The recording was not meant for release, but to document the composition and represent it to the music world. Paul Marbach has generously offered both the complete composition in sheet music form and the complete recording as free downloads.

The SPIRIT poems (volume 6 in the Sound Library series, KSE #11) were written in 2006 as a series of 11 short, sparse spiritual meditations, done as a tribute to and somewhat in the manner of the late minimalist spiritual poet Frank Samperi. The chapbook was published in an edition of about 50 copies, most of which were distributed here in San Antonio at readings and bookfair appearances, and also through Volcanic Tongue in Glasgow. SPIRIT might be a good candidate for the reprint series at some point, but it’s presently out of print.

Paul Marbach’s setting of SPIRIT for voice and piano is a beautiful, vibrant, and challenging piece (you musicians out there should download the sheet music to see how demanding a piece it actually is!!!). I hope you enjoy it! To download the sheet music from Sibelius Music , you’ll need to download the Sibelius Scorch software (it’s easy to do, and you’re guided step by step). To download or listen to the MP3 of the performance, you merely need to click on the link and wait…no special software required. I thank Paul for this wonderful composition and for making it available to us all gratis, and I thank Kendra for her powerful performance of it (and for being such a great daughter!).

To download sheet music of SPIRIT, music by Paul Marbach, words by Bill Shute,

To download or listen to the performance (approx. 15 minutes) of SPIRIT by Kendra Shute (alto) and Seth Nelson (piano), recorded in November 2007,

Your comments and feedback are most welcome.


  1. Thanks for the kind words, Chris. Kendra had a bit of a cold the day that was recorded, so she herself is very critical of her performance, but she has high standards! 🙂
    When Kendra reads my new poems, she usually reads them aloud in an imitation of my reading style, which she has down perfectly. She does “me” better than I do!
    Have a good Saturday night. Drink some fine wine for me…


    Comment by kendrasteinereditions — April 12, 2008 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for making the link to this available on the website. It was a blast getting this whole thing organized, and I hope to get to work with some Kendra Steiner texts again in the future – always so powerful!


    Comment by Paul M — April 13, 2008 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

  3. Hello,

    I’m deeply moved by the superb interplay of piano and singing. I don’t know the techicnal terms, just that it is a rare plesure to hear such passion.
    Bill said that she had a bit of a cold on the day, it dosen’t sound like it!

    I hope these more to come.

    Congratulations to all concerned.

    Comment by Bob Lenney — April 17, 2008 @ 9:34 am | Reply

  4. im impressed by the accuracy of your writing. keep up that good work.

    Comment by Digitalpiano — July 12, 2009 @ 10:56 am | Reply

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