Frog Peak Music is an artist-run composers' collective dedicated to publishing and producing experimental and unusual works by its member artists, and is committed to the idea of availability over promotion. Frog Peak Music is a not-for-profit organization in which member artists determine the form and content of their own work.

Charles Shere

Composer, author, music critic

One of America's major musical thinkers and an active composer, Shere has been an important presence in the West Coast avant-garde since the 1960s as a critic, founder of Ear Magazine, and writer on American music.


Three Songs from Tender Buttons. Soprano, violin, piano. She01. $15.

Three Pieces for Piano. Piano solo. She02. $15.

Five Pieces from Handler of Gravity. She03. $15.

Sonata: Bachelor Machine. Solo piano. She04. $15.

Tender of Gravity. Flute-piccolo, oboe-English horn, clarinet-bass clarinet, bassoon, piano or harmonium, violin, viola, cello, contrabass. She06. $15.

Ladies Voices. An opera in 5 acts with words by Gertrude Stein. Three sopranos, woodwind quintet and percussion. Score & parts. She07. $30.

I Like It To Be A Play. An opera in eleven scenes to words by Gertrude Stein. Tenor, baritone, bass and string quartet. Score & parts. She08. $30.

Bride Arias. Soprano, violin, pianoforte, with optional snare drum. From the opera The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. She09. $15.

Trio For Violin, Piano and Percussion. She10. $15.

Three More Stein Songs. Music by Charles Shere; lyrics by Gertrude Stein. Red Roses (soprano, bass clarinet, piano); It Was Black, Black Took (soprano, bass clarinet, piano); You Can Only Say What You Know (soprano, violin, bass clarinet, piano. She11. $15.

Seven Bagatelles. Pianoforte solo. She12. $15.

Ballet: Handler of Gravity. From the opera The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even. She13. $15.

Dates. A chamber cantata for soprano, clarinetist, violist, and percussionist. She14. $15.

Lullaby and Finale. Solo piano. She17. $15.

Small Concerto. Piano and orchestra. She18. $15.

Sonata ii: Compositio ut explicatio. In memoriam Gatharuda Lapidis. Piano. She19. $20.

Handler of Gravity (Suppress the Center). Organ with optional percussion. She20. $15.

Four Harrison Songs. Voice and accordion. Lyrics by Lou Harrison. She21. $15.

Two Rakosi Songs. Mezzo-soprano, violin, and percussion. Lyrics by Carl Rakosi. She22. $15.


, even recent cultural history, place, art, and poetry in ordinary life. By Charles Shere, a Frog Peak Publication. She05. $15.

Why I Read Stein. She15. $15.

How I Saw Duchamp. Guppy No. 5. She16. $5.


Ballad of the Star-Eater. By Johanna Beyer. Clarinet and soprano. 1934. Copied and edited by Charles Shere. FB/JB #3. Bey03. $15.