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Joyce Kilmer


 
Joyce Kilmer: A Literary Biography
The cover illustration shows a B&W reproduction of Miriam A. Kilmer's original pastel portrait of Joyce Kilmer.
 
The Song "Trees" Recordings   Sheet Music
 
Searchable Index of Joyce Kilmer and Aline Kilmer Association Copies
 
"Trees" limited edition prints, $10.00 open edition prints, and note cards

 
Joyce Kilmer: A Literary Biography; John Covell
Write-Fit Communications, June 2000.   Hardcover. ISBN# 0615111750

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       This was an affordably priced limited first edition, a labor of love. It is the best reference work on Joyce Kilmer I have seen, a must for any serious student of Kilmer's work. It is lavishly illustrated with photographs.
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Trees and Other Poems; this edition appears to be a paperback facsimile of the original hardback published by George H. Doran in 1914. No publishing information is given at Amazon
 
Trees and Other Poems; Joyce Kilmer.   Paperback
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Trees and Other Poems; Joyce Kilmer.   Hardcover Amazon
 
Memories of my Father, Joyce Kilmer; Kenton Kilmer
Photo © 1998 Miriam A. Kilmer

 
Memories of My Father, Joyce Kilmer; Kenton Kilmer   Hardcover
Published by Joyce Kilmer Centennial, June 1993. See My Family Bookshelf
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Trees & Other Poems & Candles That Burn; Aline Kilmer, Joyce Kilmer   Paperback
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Trees and Other Poems; Joyce Kilmer.   Paperback OP*
Larlin Corporation, November 1984.
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Trees and Other Poems; Joyce Kilmer.   Hardcover
Cherokee Publishing Company, January 1989, 1994
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Complete Poems; Joyce Kilmer. Library Binding.
Reprint edition (April 1998)
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The Circus and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces; Joyce Kilmer   Hardcover. OP*
 
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The Circus and Other Essays; Joyce Kilmer   Paperback
       Fredonia Books (NL), June 2003
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Dreams and Images: An Anthology of Catholic Poets; (Granger Poetry Library) Joyce Kilmer, (Editor)   Hardcover   OP*
 
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Poems, Essays and Letters; Joyce Kilmer   Hardcover   OP*
This collection was compiled and edited by Robert Cortes Holliday. Joyce Kilmer's essays and letters are truly delightful; much better than his poetry (in my opinion) and more appealing to the modern ear. Robert Cortes Holliday's biography of the poet, which forms part of this collection, is definitive. (That was true when I first wrote it. John Covell's new biography is more scholarly and more complete.)        Amazon        Alibris
 
Trees & Other Poems; Joyce Kilmer; Hardcover. OP*
 
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Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer Series

Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer; Joyce Kilmer, edited by Robert Cortes Holliday   Library Binding.
Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer Series, Reprint, Classic Books, November 1998

 
Joyce Kilmer: Poems, Essays, and Letters: Edited and with an Introduction by Robert Cortes Holliday
Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer Series, Reprint, Classic Books, November 1998
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The Circus, & Other Essays & Fugitive Pieces;  Joyce Kilmer. Library Binding.
Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer Series, Reprint, Classic Books, November 1998
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Courage of Enlightenment: An Address;  Joyce Kilmer. Library Binding.
Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer Series, Reprint, Classic Books, November 1998
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Literature in the Making, by Some of Its Makers;  Joyce Kilmer   Library Binding.
Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer Series, Reprint, Classic Books, November 1998
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Main Street, & Other Poems;  Joyce Kilmer. Library Binding.
Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer Series, Reprint, Classic Books, November 1998
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Summer of Love;  Joyce Kilmer; Library Binding.
Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer Series, Reprint, Classic Books, November 1998
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Trees and Other Poems;  Joyce Kilmer   Library Binding
Collected Works of Joyce Kilmer Series, Reprint, Classic Books, November 1998
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A Doughboy with the Fighting Sixty-Ninth: A Remembrance of World War I; Albert M. Ettinger and A. Churchill Ettinger.   Hardcover
White Mane Publishing Company, Incorporated, November 1991   Special Order
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The Fighting 69th (1940)   Video
       This film portrays Joyce Kilmer's regiment, with Jeffrey Lynn playing the part of Joyce himself (a minor role). His recitation of Kilmer's "Prayer of a Soldier in France" is very moving.
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Hiking Trails of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock and Citico Creek Wilderness; Tim Homan   Paperback
"... one of the most scenic and unspoiled areas of the Southern Appalachians"; get out and see the trees!
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The Song "Trees"

"Trees" is Joyce Kilmer's most popular poem. It was set to music by many composers, but the one you are most likely to have heard is by Oscar Rasbach. Sheet music and recordings are listed below.

Sheet Music

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Trees  by Oscar Rasbach. Low Voice in C. This edition: ST35955. Vocal Solo. 4 pages. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
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  Trees  by Oscar Rasbach. Medium High Voice in D. This edition: ST31228. Vocal Solo. 4 pages. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
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  Trees  by Oscar Rasbach. Medium Low Voice in D Flat. This edition: ST31227. Vocal Solo. 4 pages. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
 
  Trees  by Oscar Rasbach. Low voice in B flat. Published by Classical Vocal Reprint.
 
Easy Songs for the Beginning Soprano ~ Part II Songs for the Beginning Soprano ~ Part II by Various. Edited by Joan Frey Boytim. Vocal Collection. Softcover with CD, 72 pages. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50486242)   ISBN 1423412133.
Includes Trees by Oscar Rasbach. For Soprano voice.
 

Recordings

Many recordings have been made. Disney recently re-released it's animated version of the song:
Melody Time Video Cassette
Contents: "Once Upon a Wintertime," "Bumble Boogie," "Johnny Appleseed," "Little Toot," "Trees," "Blame It on the Samba," "Pecos Bill"
The animation for "Trees" is very beautifully done. Miriam is
not a fan of Fred Waring, who arranged the music for this segment.
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Paul Robeson, who was honored by Joyce Kilmer's mother during his days as a student at Rutgers, made the most powerful and moving recording of the Kilmer/Rasbach song. It is readily available; take your pick according to which of his other marvelous songs you want for your collection! These are re-mastered from Vinyls, so expect to hear the typical noises.

 
Great Voices of the Century - Paul Robeson   Audio CD   OP*
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The other songs on the "Great Voices" recording include a wide variety of styles.

 
Paul Robeson   Audio CD
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The other songs on this "Paul Robeson" recording are mostly Spirituals.

 
The Essential Paul Robeson   Audio Two-CD Set
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Prima Voce - Prima Voce Party   Audio CD
The other songs on the "Prima Voce Party" recording include an amazing variety of styles by many different artists; Paul Robeson sings "Trees."

 
You'll Never Walk Alone   RCA Victor, 1995.   Audio CD
Mario Lanza performs "Trees" and other popular inspirational songs.
Casette RCA Victor, 1995
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Prima Voce - John Charles Thomas   Audio CD
I have not heard John Charles Thomas performing "Trees." Brad Jenks wrote:
It is safe to assume that if John Charles Thomas recorded anything, it is either the definitive recording of it or it is the most fun version ever cut into disc. The man was unjustly forgotten. Those who do know of him would do well to promote this man who showed with every single note, the joy of singing.
Abide with me   Audio CD
Composers: John L. Hatton, Sir Landon Ronald, Oscar Rasbach et al. Conductor: Sir Henry J. Wood, Hamilton Harty
"Trees" performed by Dame Clara Butt
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Songs We Forgot To Remember   Audio CD
Composer: Charles Marshall, Idabelle Firestone, Oscar Rasbach et al.
Performer: John Aler (tenor), Grant Gershon (piano)
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Legendary Voices   Audio CD
Composer: Sebastian Iradier, John McCormack, Oscar Rasbach et al.
"Trees" performed by John Charles Thomas
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20 Songs in English   Audio CD
Composers: Haydn Wood, Richard Tauber, et al. Conductors: G. Walter, Henry Geehl. Performers: Richard Tauber, Percy B. Kahn
"Trees" performed by Richard Tauber
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Meyerbeer, Giordano, Verdi and others   Audio CD
Composers: Giacomo Meyerbeer, Umberto Giordano, et al. Conductors: Jean Paul Morel, Erich Leinsdorf, et al. Performers: Robert Merrill, Leila Edwards
"Trees" performed by Robert Merrill
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Robert Merrill   Audio CD
"Trees" performed by Robert Merrill
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Charles Craig: Puccini Arias & Favourite Ballads   Audio CD
Conductor: Michael Collins
"Trees" performed by Charles Craig
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The Voice Of Romance 25 Golden Memories   Audio CD
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"Trees" performed by Richard Tauber

 
Richard Tauber in London   Audio CD
Conductor: G. Walter, Frank Collinson. Performers: Richard Tauber, Percy B. Kahn, et al.
"Trees" performed by Richard Tauber
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If A Tree Falls   Earth Beat (Rhino 72495)   Audio CD
Various Artists. The poem "Trees" is set to music and performed by Robert Hoyt. This version may be more appealing to children, teens, and lovers of folk music. Hoyt added a second verse that refers to Gaia.
NAPRA Trade Journal, Spring, 1996: Musician (6/97, p.86) - "... Nice mix of poets, folkies and rockers, some of whom are earnest and some of whom let you off the hook with humor, lest the subject matter get too depressing to contemplate..."
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