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Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death






Our recent tour was a great success and we have now 

begun a fundraising drive to facilitate a commercial recording


Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death


This song cycle utilised acclaimed Minnesota poet

Bill Holm's masterpiece of prose as its libretto

and is the subject of the




by Pioneer PBS

If you would like to contribute to this project,

you can make a tax deductable donation

through the
Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation



 by filling in the form with 

'Playing Haydn recording'

in the designation box and your desired donation amount


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September 2023 Minnesota Tour

Concert Performances


Boxelder Bug Days Concert

in celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Bill Holm's birth

September 8th 2023


St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church

412 E Lyon St
Minneota, MN 56264

Further info Here


September 12th 2023


Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre

University of Minnesota- Morris

600 East 4th Street
Morris, Minnesota 56267


September 15th 2023

at 7PM

Fingal's Cave- MetroNOME Brewery

385 Broadway Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

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Documentary Film Premiere

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10 May 2023 at 5PM (US Central)

Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, MN USA

A Musical Tribute to Minnesota’s Documentary Film!

‘Bard of the Prairie’

Bill Holm

(1943 – 2009)

Bill Holm was the embodiment of the spirit of Minnesota. His love of the windswept prairie, the glacial Fjords of his ancestral Iceland and the power of music are imbued throughout his impressive oeuvre of poetry. Holm’s masterpiece of prose Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death encapsulates his philosophy of music by drawing on musical metaphors while referencing specific compositions to describe the ultimate human condition - death. This has now been set to music in a 15 part song cycle by Minnesota composer Martha Helen Schmidt. It was conceived by two of the late poet's friends - Ryan Hugh Ross- BaritoneDr. Daniel Rieppel - SMSU Professor of Piano Studies.

Broadcast Schedule

Thursday, May 11 at 7p.m.

Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m.

Monday, May 15 at 1:30 p.m.


view online at:

and on Postcards’ YouTube page at

About the film

This EMMY NOMINATED Film follows my colleagues Dr. Daniel Rieppel, composer Martha Helen Schmidt and I as we prepare for the Icelandic Premiere of our recent song cycle project. The song cycle is a beautiful setting of prose by our late friend and extraordinary poet, Bill Holm.  


The full version of this film can now be viewed on Pioneer PBS's website or via the

Youtube link Here::

              Dr. Daniel Rieppel                              Ms. Martha Helen Schmidt                       Mr. Ryan Hugh Ross

                       Pianist                                                          Composer                                                    Baritone

Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death documentary was created by

the talented film team at Pioneer PBS in Granite Falls, MN




Playing Haydn for the Angel of Death song cycle  

was made possible with the generous support from 


the Gruhot Family of Marshall, MN






                                           Southwest Minnesota State University                                   



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