In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Sacred music is performed or composed for religious use or through religious influence. We offer here a selection of sacred music arrangements in songbooks and sheet music from across the different musical periods.
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Review: This collection of 27 Russian sacred choral works was compiled and edited by Russian music scholar and choral director Noelle Mann, who was curator of the Prokofiev Archive at the Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths College.
Songlist: A Mercy of Peace, Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Blessed is the Man, Cherubic Hymn, Do Not Reject Me in My Old Age, Gentle Light, I Cry Aloud With My Voice Unto The Lord, It Is Truly Meet, Let My Prayer Arise, Lord, Save the Faithful, Many Year, Our Father, Praise the Name of the Lord, Rejoice, O Nicholas, Great Wonderworker, Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of God, Sacred Love, The ever-vigilant Mother of God, The Great Doxology
Review: These four motets were composed in the fall of 1921 while Copland was studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. The four motets have remained unpublished until now. Writing to Copland about them in 1924, Boulanger tells the composer that "those motets sound in the voices in a stunning manner."
Songlist: Help Us, O Lord, Sing Ye Praises To Our King, Have Mercy On us, O My Lord, Though, O Jehovah, Abideth Forever
Review: Paul Laurence Dunbar was born June 27, 1872 in Dayton, Ohio. He died there on February 9, 1906. Dunbar was the first African-American poet to garner national critical acclaim. He penned a large body of dialect poems, standard English poems, essays, novels, and short stories, before he died at age 33. His work often addressed the difficulties encountered by members of his race and the efforts of African-Americans to achieve equality in America. He was praised both by the prominent literary critics of his time and by his literary contemporaries.
Songlist: When Storms Arise, Lead Gently, Lord, Little Lamb
Review: American Angels is the diary of Anonymous 4's first journey to the roots of Anglo-American spiritual vocal music. It includes 18th-century psalm settings and fuging tunes from rural New England, 19th century folk hymns and camp revival songs from the rural South, and gospel songs originating in the Northeastern cities and adopted in the late 19th Century by rural Southerners. Here are the charts from some of their recording.
Songlist: Grace, - Jewett, - Dunlap's Creek, - New Britain, Parting, - Amanda, - Invitation, - Parting Hand, - Angel Band
Review: Anton Bruckner (4 September 1824 - 11 October 1896) was an Austrian composer known primarily for his symphonies, masses, and motets. His symphonies are often considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, complex polyphony, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies. Here are seven hymns for unaccompanied SATB choir. German text.
Songlist: Ave Maria, Ave Maria, Locus Iste, Os Justi, Virga Jesse, Vexilla Regis, Afferentur Regi
Review: The a cappella classics Christus Factus est and Locus iste are central to this collection featuring the best of Bruckner's outstanding output for unaccompanied choir. These pieces are among the most enduring choral masterworks of the 19th century. Simon Halsey's performing edition includes an informative introduction, keyboard reductions for rehearsal and English translations of the Latin texts for reference.
Songlist: Tantum Ergo, Pange, Lingua, Locus Iste, Os Justi, Christus Factus Est, Virga Jesse
Review: A useful resource for Upper Voice choirs. It includes thirty-one pieces, several compositions and new arrangements published for the first time, a set of Preces and Responses and a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. The music is drawn from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries and has been carefully selected to embrace a wide range of musical and vocal abilities from unison to four-part writing.
Songlist: Ave Maria, Ave Verum, The Bringer Of Life, A Christmas Carol, Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life, God Be In My Head, God Be With You Till We Meet Again, A Grateful Heart, Here I Am, Lord, Here, O My Lord, Hills of the North, How Like An Angel I Came Down, How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings Fair, A Hymn To The Virgin, I Sing Of Maiden, Lift Thine Eyes, The Lord Is My Shepherd, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, A New Year Carol, Notre Pere, Nunc Dimittis, Pie Jesu, Praise, A Prayer, Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, The Preces and Responses, Psalm 150, Through The Day, The Virgin's Slumber Song, Who Can Express the Noble Acts of the Lord?
Review: A splendid collection of Anthems, edited for upper-voices by Barry Rose. In total there are twenty-eight pieces - eight published for the first time - including a set of Preces and Responses and a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. This is a really useful resource for choirs that sing Services.
Songlist: The Blessed Virgin's Cradle Song, Praise The Lord, Exult, And Now Another Day Is Gone, Give Us The Wings Of Faith, Examine Me, O Lord, A Cradle Song, My Song Is In Sighing, Light of the World, Preces and Responses, O Bone Jesu, I Will Worship, Ave Verum Corpus - Jesu, Word Of God Incarnate, Behold, Now, Praise The Lord, As I Outrode This Enderes Night, Prevent Us, O Lord, Risen Lord, Christ, Whose Glory Fills The Skies, O Magnum Mysterium, The Lamb, Make Me A Light, Mater Ora Filium, Magnificat and Nunc Domittis
Review: Merrily On High is an exciting compilation of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany music for church, cathedral, school, youth and community choirs of 'upper voices' - trebles or sopranos and altos. Thirty pieces are included, eleven published for the first time. Contents include new settings and arrangements of familiar and lesser known carols, a 3-part Advent Responsory and Mark Blatchly's setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B flat. Lyrics are in English, French, German, Latin and Polish. Includes invaluable historical and performance notes for each piece by Barry Rose.
Songlist: Adam Lay Ybounden, An Advent Responsory: I Look From Afar, Come, Thou Redeemer of Earth, Brightest and Best, A Child Is Born, Come, Watch With Us This Christmas Night, Down In Yon Forest, Fum, Fum, Fum, Gabriel's Message, Go, Tell It On The Mountain, When Christ Was Born of Mary Free, The Holly and the Ivy, How Far is it to Bethlehem?, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Myn Lynking, No Room at the Inn, Now the Most High Is Born, O This Night is Born Noel, People, Look East, Two Polish Carols, Rejoice and be Merry, The Shepherd's Farewell, Say, Where is He Born?, Silent Night, Still, Still, Still, Sweet Was The Song, Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day, Torches!, Watts's Cradle Hymn, Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing?
Review: 'Sing Low' is a new and wide-ranging collection of sacred music for church, collegiate, cathedral, school and youth choirs of 'low voices': altos, tenors and basses. The anthology includes Medieval and Renaissance works, and represents the rich diversity of twentieth century church music. Selected and edited by Barry Rose. Most arrangements with rehearsal accompaniment.
Songlist: Ave Maria (Angelus Domini), Behold now, praise the Lord, By the waters of Babylon, Christ hath a garden, Come, thou Redeemer of the earth, Exsultate justi, Give rest, O Christ, God so loved the world, Grace, Holy is the true light, I will lift up mine eyes, If ye love me, In manus tuas, In paradisum (Nunc dimittis), Jubilate Deo, Look down, O Lord, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Oculi omnium, O most merciful, O praise God in his holiness, Preces and Responses, Salve Regina, Sancta Maria, The shepherds' farewell, Sicut cervus, Thou, O God, art praised in Sion, Upon this Holy Eastertide, When Christ was born of Mary free
Voicing: Low Bass
Review: Selected and edited by Barry Rose, Sing, Precious Music is a superb collection of nine anthems written between the 1960s and today, one newly published in this volume: all by noteworthy composers if choral works, all memorable, suitable for concert as well as liturgical use, and all within the capabilities of the modern mixed choir, large or small. A Choral Advisor to Novello since 1999, Barry Rose has been associated with many forms of choral music for over sixty years. The Novello Choral Programme is the creation of a panel of advisers preeminent in the British music scene. The aim is to publish essential editions from the best of the wealth of existing choral music, ancient and modern, while widening the repertoire with exciting new composers and new trends in music making.
Songlist: Feast song for Saint Cecilia, Gracious Spirit, Holy Ghost, Harvest Anthem, I love all beauteous things, I saw three ships, Let all the world, The praises of the Trinity, Rejoice and be merry, There is no rose
Review: Composed for the Reykjavik Cathedral Choir's "Solo Dei Gloria" Festival in 2004, Advent Antiphons is an exquisite concert setting of the Great O Antiphons. Traditionally chanted or sung between 17 and 23 December, the Antiphons comprise seven brief prayers which proceed in sequence, charting events from before Creation through to the birth of Christ. The powerful sentiments conveyed in these texts are brought to the fore in Chilcott's masterful writing for double choir; he embroiders a beautifully textured work in which echoes of plainchant combine with richly expressive harmony. In the third and fifth movements, the composer instructs the individual sopranos and altos in each choir to sing their parts in their own rhythm, to entrancing effect. Without doubt, this is some of Chilcott's finest music to date; subtle yet potent, haunting, and uplifting.
Songlist: O Sapientia, O Adonai, O Radix Jesse, O Clavis David, O Oriens, O Rex Gentium, O Emmanuel
Review: The beautiful eight-part setting of 'My Prayer' starts out with a beautiful alto duet. This challenging piece is a joy to perform and to hear. 'Pray that Jerusalem may have peace' is a Scottish Psalter that was commisioned to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the consecration of Glenalmond College Chapel. The multiple key and tempo changes make this a challenging but exciting piece to perform. The text in 'God so loved the world' comes from John 3:16. The soprano solo adds a beautiful descant to this touching piece. 'Even Such Is Time' comes from the text by Sir Walter Raleight. The piece starts out with soft, but expressive, four-part harmonies. Half way through the song, the men's parts divisi. The soprano solo at the end adds a great finish. George Herber's text in 'Even-Song' is brought to life with gorgeous harmonies and yet another sweet soprano solo.
Songlist: My Prayer, Pray That Jerusalem May Have Peace, God So Loved The World, Even Such Is Time, Even-Song
Review: Brought together for the first time, a comprehensive collection of timeless choruses newly engraved in recent editions from the historic Novello series of vocal scores. For programming festivals, concerts, celebrations or just run-through practice for the choral society, events can be organised at last from a single volume of classics without the need for the singers to carry scores of any number of oratorios or motets. Includes introductory notes by Brian Kay.
Songlist: Miserere mei, Deus, O Jesus, when I come to die, Ave Maria, The Shepherds' Farewell, How lovely are all Thy dwellings, Locus iste, Ave verum, Give unto the Lord, Cantique de Jean Racine, Panis angelicus, Zadok the Priest, Insanae et vanae curae, Hear my Prayer, Ave verum Corpus, Blest pair of Sirens I was glad, Sanctus, God so loved the world
Review: Probably Chanticleer's most popular arrangement, Franz Biebl's 'Ave Maria' is challenging but is sure to become a favorite among your singers. We have included all three available voicings for you to chose from. Also included in this package is Joseph Jenning's 'Christmas Spiritual Medley.' This fun piece is rich with tight harmony and a few solos, guaranteed to please your audience.
Songlist: Ave Maria , Ave Maria , Ave Maria , Christmas Spiritual Medley
Review: American composer William Hawley's music has been heard in London, Tokyo, Paris, the Netherlands, Berlin, Darmstadt, Munich, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and other cities in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as in the concert halls of New York City. Here is your opportunity to make his Chanticleer-performed compositions part of your repertoire. The ten part voicing in 'Io Son La Primavera' gives this piece an amazing depth and flair. Hawley's arrangement of Torquato Tasso's text, 'Dolcissimi Colori' is sweet and beautiful, perfect for a moderately advanced choir. Both 'Io V'amo Sol Perche Voi Siete Bella' and 'Ore, Fermate Volo' is fairly challenging yet beautiful, great examples of the Chanticleer charm! Two other composition based on text by Tasso, 'Vita De La Mia Vita' is sure to be a crowd pleaser, the setting of 'Siepe, Chegli Orti Vaghi' is beautiful and romantic - another fine example of Hawley's great style.
Songlist: Io Son la Primavera, Vita De La Mia Vita, Ore, Fermate Il Volo, Io V'Amo Sol Perche Voi Siete Bella, Dolcissimi Colori, Sipe, Che Gli Orti
Every Christmas Eve for decades, the world-renowned Choir of King's College Chapel, Cambridge has broadcast the Festival o Nine Lessons and Carols worldwide on BBC Radio (Carols from King's is also televised by the BBC every Christmas annually). It never fails to inspire and appeal by bringing together readings from the Christmas story with the singing of traditional carols in which all may join: classic Christmas arrangements for the choir and exciting newly-composed anthems that often become choral classics. For countless people the broadcast of Nine Lessons and Carols is a major part of the Christmas experience.
Now the King's College Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, has created this album of forty-six of the most enduring choral pieces from the Festivals. Thirteen are published here for the first time, ten were specially commissioned for King's and seven are carols for choir and congregation. Wide ranging in sources, this collection includes arrangements by King's directors of music David Wilcocks, Philip Ledger and Stephen Cleobury and leading contemporary composers such as Richard Rodney Bennett, Bob Chilcott, Jonathan Dove, John Joubert, Roxanna Panufnik, Arvo Part, John Rutter, Peter Sculthorpe, John Tavener, and Judith Weir. Christmas at King's includes a preface by Stephen Cleobury and a useful appendix of readings with relevant repertoire from the collection for those choirs who want to present their own Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
Songlist: Once In Royal David's City, A Great and Mighty Wonder, A Tender Shoot, A Virgin Most Pure, Adam Lay Ybounden, Alleluya, A New Work Is Come On Hand, Away In A Manger, Be Merry, Benedicamus Domino, The Birthday of Thy King, Bogoroditsye Dyevo, Christo Paremus Cantica, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, Good King Wenceslas, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In , I Wonder As I Wander, I Sing Of A Maiden, Illuminare, Jerusalem, In Wintertime , Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, The Infant King, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Jesus Christ The Apple Tree, The Lamb, Morning Song For The Christ Child, Myn Lyking, No Small Wonder , Love Came Down At Christmas, Noel nouvelet, Nowel, The Truth Sent From Above , O Little Town of Bethlehem I, O Little Town of Bethlehem II, Of The Father's Heart Begotten, On Christmas Night All Christians Sing, Sai Sveta Nakti , O Come, All Ye Faithful, The Shepherd's Carol, Silent Night, Sleep, Little Jesus, Sleep, Suo Gan, The Three Kings, What Sweeter Music, When Christ Was Born of Mary Free, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night , Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Readings and Repertoire for A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Review: 26 anthems for SATB chorus by twentieth-century composers. These fifty anthems have been chosen with average church choirs in mind, but it is hoped that the collection will prove useful to cathedrals, collegiate churches and those churches supporting cathedral-like choirs. The collection covers all the main seasons and festivals in the church year and also includes a number of anthems for general use. Twelve of the anthems are suitable for unaccompanied singing.
Songlist: O Thou The Central Orb, Puer Natus, On This Day Earth Shall Ring, Lord, Thou Hast Told Us, A Litany, Christ The Lord Is Risen Again, Lift Up Your Heads, O Clap Your Hands, A Pure River Of Water Of Life, A Hymn To The Trinity, We Wait For Thy Loving Kindness, Set Me As A Seal, O Taste and See, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Thou, O God, Art Praised In Sion, Faire Is The Heaven, Give Us The Wings Of Faith , Make A Joyful Noise (Jubilate Deo), O Be Joyful In The Lord, O How Amiable, Like As The Hart, Jesu Dulcis Memoria, A Prayer For Peace, Lo, In The Time Appointed, Ah, Holy Jesus, Gloria In Excelsis
Review: Give the women of your church the tools to sing and lead your congregation in worship with arranger Dave Williamson's collection of 14 favorite praise and worship songs. In Blessing, Honor and Praise you'll discover the soaring, simple beauty of women's voices blended for a sweet and fluid sound. The unison, two and three part arrangements include occasional solos for variety and are all designed to be approachable for singers of all skill levels. Optional parts for female worship teams (groups of three to six voices) are spread throughout the collection as well as two a cappella arrangements. With heart-moving songs like "We Fall Down," "Above All," and "Take This Life," the entire congregation can join together in worship with Blessing, Honor and Praise.
Songlist: Above All, Draw Me Close, God of Wonders, He Knows My Name, Here I Am To Worship, I Will Remember Thee, Light of the World, Oh The Glory of Thy Presence, The Power of Your Love, Shout to the North, Take This Life, We Fall Down, You Are My Refuge, Your Love Feeds My Soul, Peace Like a River
Review: There is nothing more enjoyable than singing one of Don Besig and Nancy Price's a cappella anthems; pure joy with an excellent message of faith. Their lyric approach to this happy choral will warm your group and you'll be ready for performance in only a few practices. Delightful! "Wake up, world! Hear the wonderful story..." What a happy, spirited anthem! This contemporary spiritual from the team of Nancy Price and Don Besig is an a cappella offering for your Easter service. Easily learned, the joyful refrain could even be taught to the congregation. Refreshing and memorable, Hallelujah, Sing with Glory! is positively a song of great joy! "Waiting For The Light!" will draw your congregation in closer with the intimacy of unaccompanied singing. The minor color of this attractive octavo adds a touch of mystery to the preparations for Christ's arrival. Effective word painting with well-placed silences gives the thoughtful choir director ample opportunities for drama through interpretation. The impeccable part-writing makes Waiting for the Light! a sure success for your ensemble. Beautifully done. "Glory To God!" is sure to be a favorite with your choir and congregation. Light and spirited, this a cappella anthem captures the almost giddy feeling of joy and excitement the shepherds must have felt once they recovered from their angel visitation. Glory to God! brings infectious glad tidings of great joy to your church and to all people!
Songlist: Hallelujah, Sing With Glory!, Waiting For The Light!, Sing Out The News, Listen To The Angels Sing, We've Got Good News To Tell!, Glory To God!
Review: A selection of sacred carols.
Songlist: O Come All Ye Faithful, What Child Is This, I Wonder As I wander, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, O Come Emmanuel, Away In A Manger, Joy To The World, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, O Holy Night, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Angels, From The Realms Of Glory, Angels We Have Heard On High, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne, While Shepards Watched Their Flocks, I Heard The bells On Christmas Day, As With Gladness Men Of Old, Good Christian Men Rejoice, The First Noel, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Silent Night
Review: "Adam Lay Ybounden" was written originally for a small church choir, this piece takes the ancient text and sets it with a mystical angularity, but maintaining a beautiful sense of line. Includes a small soprano solo. Written for Elektra Women's Choir, this piece is now heard around the world. Using only the words "Ave Maria" this rhythmic and visionary work is suitable for women's or very advanced children's choir. "Missa Brevis" is a short mass setting for unaccompanied women's or treble choir consists of Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. Although not technically demanding, the work requires sensitivity of phrasing and detailed attention to text and word stress. The heartfelt simplicity of expression underlines the inherent reverence and beauty of this liturgical text. Performance note: Missa Brevis can also be sung by a mixed chorus with tenors doubling sopranos and basses doubling altos. "Salve Regina" is one of the Catholic Church's four Marian antiphons, is set for unaccompanied women's choir and solo flute or solo soprano. With thick, luscious harmonies, this is a challenging piece of music, at times requiring 8-part divisi. The work requires a good sense of flow, attention to word stress and a convincing understanding of the piece's structure.
Songlist: Adam Lay Ybounden, Ave Maria, Missa Brevis, Salve Regina
Review: A true apotheosis of life, Mendelssohn's music absolutely overflows with energy, ebullience, drama, and invention, as evidenced in his most enduring works: the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream. While the sunny disposition of so many of Mendelssohn's works has led some to view the composer as possessing great talent but little depth, however these religious compositions reflect the complexity and deeply spiritual basis of his personality. German and English text.
Songlist: Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart, Op. 69 No. 1, O Be Joyful In The Lord, Op. 69 No. 2, My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord, Op. 69 No. 3, Lord, Lord, Have Mercy Upon Us
Review: These fifty anthems have been chosen with average parish church choirs in mind, but it is hoped that the collection will prove useful to cathedrals, collegiate churchs and those churchs supporting cathedral-like choirs. Anthems suitable for unaccompanied singing and those needing organ accompaniement are about equal in number: most are for four voices without divisi parts. This collection covers all the main seasons and festivals of the Church's Year, and also includes 21 anthems for general use.
Songlist: Advent, Christmas, Innocents, Epiphany, Septuagesima, Lent, Passiontide, Easter, Whitsun, Ascension, Trinity, Weddings, Mornin, Evening, Communion, Unity, Dedication
Review: This major work by one of Britain's leading choral composers was commissioned by St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. The setting is terse and direct, in the manner of the Poulenc Mass, and the textures often unusually pared-down. By turns fiery and exuberant, and inward and numinous, the music includes a huge variety of textures and techniques, including flowing melismas, luminous key changes, and pure homophony. This is a work of great power that will appeal to committed concert and church choirs.
Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus, Agnes Dei
Review: 17 Choruses for mixed voices from Handel's sacred works. Selected with introductory notes by Brian Kay. Rarely brought together, these diverse choruses demonstrate the enduring vitality of Handel's writing.
Songlist: Acis and Galatea, Alexander's Feast, Dixit Dominus, Israel in Egypt, Judas Maccabaeus, Messiah, Samson, Semele, Solomon, Coronation Anthem
Review: One of most popular of 20th century British composers, in concert and on disc , Gerald Finzi's works are lyrical, subtly understated, often elegiac in tone, mingling human pain and natural beauty. These beautiful pieces are suitable for funerals and memorials.
Songlist: Life a Right Shadow Is, This World A Hunting Is, This Life, Which Seems So Fair
Review: A first retrospective of Giles Swayne's challenging but rewarding liturgical settings. This album brings together five short religious choral settings, for mixed voices unaccompanied or with organ.
Songlist: O Magnum Mysterium, Veni Creator I, Veni Creator II, Beatus Vir, Missa Brevissima
Review: The 'Three Latin Motets' were written as choral 'Visions' in the dramatic tableaux 'The last Supper.' The Visions cut across the physical action of the drama, taking us through Christ's Passion in reverse order: The Crucifixion (O bone Jesu), The Stations of the Cross (Pange lingua) and The Betrayal (In supremae nocte cenae). In the opera, the motets are pre-recorded, but are here available for separate concert performance.
Songlist: O bone Jesu, Pange lingua, In supremae nocte cenae,
Review: The tercentenary of the death of world-famous English Baroque composer Henry Purcell (most widely known for his opera "Dido and Aeneas") will be celebrated everywhere. This volume offers an opportunity to choral associations to join the celebration. With Purcell's expertise in setting the English language, ten of the eleven anthems are in English (one in Latin). The editor, secretary to the Purcell Society, has selected those most representative and most useful, from among the composer's prodigious output.
Songlist: Hear My Prayer, O Lord, I Was Glad, O God, the King Of Glory, Remember not, Lord, Our Offences, Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts, Jehova, Quam Multi Sunt Hostes Mei!, Lord. How Long Wilt Thou Be Angry, O God, Thou Art My God, Thy Word Is A Latern, O Sing unto The Lord, Rejoice In The Alway
Review: Selection of five songs from Jan Siedlecki's Church Hymn-book (1878: 1928 edition), in four of which Gorecki faithfully sets the original melodies. Polish text. Suitable for intermediate standard choirs
Songlist: Mother of the Heavenly Lord, Most Holy Mother, Hail Mary, Oh! How sad it is to part, We shall sing your praises for ever and ever
Review: Herbert Howell's Requiem written for unaccompanied SATB chorus and soli. Although written in 1936, Requiem was not released for performance until 1980, held back by Howells following the death of his son in 1935. It is a harmonious and deeply Romantic composition, but restrained and it is at these moments we realise how affected he was by his loss. It was the composer's intention that Requiem should be performed a cappella, however he provided a limited organ part, for rehearsal purposes only, which is included here.
Songlist: Psalm 23, Salvator Mundi, Requiem Aeternam 1, Requiem Aeternam 2, I Heard a Voice From Heavan, Psalm 121
Review: Scottish composer James MacMillan (b. 1959) composed this liturgical setting in 1977, published here for the first time. Latin text: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei. An accessible addition to the repertoire for intermediate standard choirs, but one which professional groups will also find rewarding.
Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, At the conclusion
Review: A powerful setting for 8-part choir of three of the Good Friday responses at matins: "Tenebrae factae sunt," "Tradiderunt me" and "Iesum tradidit impius." Commissioned by Cappella Nova and recorded by them on Linn Records. 20 minutes.
Songlist: Tenebrae factae sunt, Tradiderunt me, Iesum tradidit impius
Review: This collection is consistent with Jay's innovative style but reaches a new level in creativity. Voice leadings are easily followed on the favorite Christ, We Do All Adore Thee (appropriate use as a benediction). My Jesus, I Love Thee Features A Prominent soprano solo, gorgeous key changes and creatively lush harmonies. The worshipful song of affirmation, My Faith Looks Up To Thee, provides an uplifting, strong ending. Finally, I Am Thine, O Lord is very elegant - a most appropriate setting for this classic text. The great strength of these timeless lyrics gains new fervor throughout Jay Rouse's innovative harmonization.
Songlist: He Hideth My Soul, Day by Day, Lead Me, Lord, He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought, Wonderful Words of Life, It Is Well With My Soul, Revive Us Again, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Let Us Break Bread Together, Nearer, Still Nearer, Take the Name of Jesus with You
Review: A unique anthology which casts its net far and wide across seven centuries of unaccompanied European choral music, this book is a fascinating selection of thirty pieces, ideal for enterprising choirs looking for something out of the ordinary to enliven their repertoire. Diversity and eclecticism are the hallmarks of this stimulating collection: the pieces range from two to eight voices; from monuments of the Renaissance to miniature canons by Lawes, Schubert, and Brahms; from "Sumer is icumen in" to Stanford and Grieg. This is a truly European anthology, encompassing the music of composers from England, France, Spain, Norway, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. The contents are arranged chronologically, and though they include a few classics of the genre that no such survey can afford to ignore, the majority of pieces are unjustifiably lesser known. All are newly edited from their sources, at original pitch and in original note-values wherever practical; minimal editorial intervention allows this music to breathe afresh. There are notes on each piece, and prose translation for non-English texts.
Songlist: Sumer is icumen in , Ave regina coelorum , Ach herzigs Herz , Puisqu'en amour , Tri ciechi siamo , Lugebat David Absalon, Los bracos traygo cansados , La nuit froide et sombre, Laetentur coeli, Miracolo d'amore , Miraculous love's wounding, Benedictus qui venit, Iubilate Deo , She weepeth sore, Draw on, sweet night, Dolcissima mia vita , The Silver Swan, Der Kuckuck , Jesu, dulcis memoria , Gaudete omnes, Ich bin eine rufende Stimme , Hear my prayer, O Lord , Wo der perlender Wein, Tod und Schlaf , Lacrimoso son io , Wenn Kummer hatte zu toten Macht , An dem Sturmwind , Christus factus est , Beati quorum via , Guds son har gjort mig fri
Review: John Harbinson is a winner of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation's "genius" award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities. Harbison has composed music for most of this country's premiere musical institutions. Here is a collection of his motets for unaccompanied mixed voices.
Songlist: Ave Verum Corpus, Concerning Them Which Are Asleep, O Magnum Misterium (Long setting), O Magnum Misterium (Short setting), Emanuel Motets, Wherefore I Put Thee In Rememberance
Review: Composed by John Rutter, this vocal score for mixed voices and piano is a brilliant choral piece that your singers and audience members will love. The score comes with choral notation and piano reduction, the text language is Latin, with a total of 44 pages.
Songlist: Allegro Vivace, Andante, Vivace e Ritmico
Review: This excellent choral collection by John Rutter is written for mixed voices and keybord. The nine movements form a single choral work comprising seven pieces previously published separately and two new movements. A broad range of emotions all find their place with rich and varied musical settings. It features solos for soprano and tenor soloists - an excellent addition to your sacred choral program!
Songlist: O Be Joyful In The Lord, I will Lift Up Mine Eyes, Praise The Lord, O My Soul, The Lord Is My Shepard, Cantate Domino, The Lord Is My Light And Salvation, O Clap Your Hands, O How Amiable Are Thy Dwellings, O Praise The Lord Of Heaven
Review: The Oxford Choral Classics gathers together over three hundred of the world's choral masterpieces into a unique series of seven volumes that span the whole of Western choral literature. Each volume contains all of the established classics of its genre under a single cover, in authoritative new editions and at a budget price. European Sacred Music is the second volume in the series and a fabulous value for money. From the Allegri Misereri to the Victora O vos omnes, John Rutter and co-editor Clifford Bartlett have researched the best available sources and provided excellent new English singing translations and sensible, practical keyboard reductions.
Songlist: Miserere, Cristus factus est, Otche nash (The Lord's Prayer), O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Muhseligen?, Ach, arme Welt, Geistliches Lied, Ave Maria, Christus factus est, Os justi, Locus iste, Magnificat, O vos omnes, Cantique de jean Racine, Panis angelicus, Jubilate Deo, O vos omnes, The Cherubic Hymn (Izhe kheruvimyi), Ave aris stella, Ave Virgo sanctissima, Pater noster, Dixit Maria, Crux fidelis, Ave Maria, Adoramus te, Christe, Ave verum Corpus, Timor et tremor and Exaudi Deus, Crucifixus a8, Psalm 48 (Richte mich, Gott), Verleih uns Frieden, Beatus vir, Cantate Domino, Christe, adoramus te, Ave verum Corpus, Exsultate Deo, Tu es Petrus and Quodcumque ligaveris, Sicut cervus, Salve Regina, Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria), Abendlied, Unser lieben Frauen Traum, O salutaris Hostia, Psalm 23 (Gott ist mein Hirt), Psalm 100 (Jauchzet dem Herrn), Selig sind die Toten, Ave Maria, Laudate Dominum, Dostoino yest (Hymn to the Virgin), Ave Maria, Exsultate justi, Ave Maria, O quam gloriosum, O vos omnes, Jesu, dulcis memoria
Review: This practical performing edition is based on the single extant manuscript preserved at the Bodleian Library. The beautiful and well-written Missa Cantate (Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) follows the well-established technique of drawing some material, usually the cantus firmus, from a pre-existing work.
Songlist: Missa Cantate, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei
Review: Missa de Beata Virgine is a musical setting of the Ordinary of the Mass, by Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez. A late work, probably composed or assembled around 1510, it was the most popular of his masses in the 16th century. The Missa de Beata Virgine is unusual among Josquin's masses in that the first two movements are for four voices, and the last three for five, with the fifth voice derived canonically. Like most musical settings of the mass Ordinary, it is in five sections, or movements. It uses different plainsong chants for each movement, and is a paraphrase mass, one in which the original chants are elaborated, broken up, passed between voices, or sung in different voices simultaneously. The movements differ in their treatment of the source plainchant. The Kyrie has the chant in all voices, imitatively and paraphrased; the Gloria treats the chant as a cantus firmus, migrating it from voice to voice. Tonally, both movements end on G, and most of their cadences are on G or D. The Credo, the first movement for five voices, ends with a surprising Phrygian cadence on E, and uses canonic techniques more prominently than in the preceding movements.
Songlist: Missa De beata, Kyrie 1, Christe, Kyrie 2, Et in terra, Qui tollis, Cum Sancto, Credo sections, Sanctus, Pleni sunt caeli, Hosanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei 1, Agnus Dei 2, Agnus Dei 3
Review: 30 Sacred Masterworks presents a wealth of invaluable, original repertoire for upper voice choirs. Many of the pieces collected in this volume are published here for the first time or have not enjoyed the same exposure as much of the mixed voice repertoire. IT builds on the success of Faber music's Choral Programme Series, from which some of the pieces have been drawn. The collection encompasses many eras and offers both accompanied and unaccompanied pieces and is suitable for a variety of services and concerts through the year. This volume is an invaluable resource, both for upper voice choirs seeking new and inspiring repertoire as well as for mixed voice choirs who want to showcase the talent of their female singers.
Songlist: Adoramus te Christe, Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur, Adoramus te Christe, The Oxen, Sing ye to our Lord a new song, O Salutaris Hostia, O vos omnes, Tantum ergo, O Salutaris Hostia, Love divine, O lovely peace, Ex ore innocentium, In pace idipsum, Tantum ergo, Ave maris stella, Lift thine eyes, O Domine Jesu Christe, Alleluia, Be still, and know I am with you, Hodie Christus natus est , Quando corpus morietur, Danksaget dem Vater, A Celtic Prayer, Ave Maria, Der 23. Psalm, Ave Maria, Have mercy upon me, O God , Laudi alla Vergine Maria, O vos omnes, The First Mercy
Review: The anthems in this book have been chosen from the best religious music of many churches, countries, and centuries. Since the amount of good church music composed for women's voices is practically negligible, the book contains for the most part traditional airs and carols newly harmonized, arrangements of music composed originally for mixed voices, and a few judiciously selected songs originally composed for solo voice, to which choral parts have been added. There are included a number of anthems intended to be sung without accompaniment and simple enough for a young choir's first venture into a cappella singing. Accompaniments are provided, but are marked FOR REHEARSAL ONLY, and directors are urged to let their choirs experience the delight and growth that comes from this kind of singing, and never to doubt their ability to undertake it.
Songlist: A Babe So Tender, But the Lord is Mindful of His Own, Deck Thyself, my Soul, With Gladness, Ding-Dong! Merrily on High, Father Eternal, From God Shall Naught Divide Me, Glory to God, God is a Spirit, God our Father, Lord of Heaven (Tantum Ergo), Good Christian Men, Rejoice, He Shall Feed His Flock, Holy, Holy, Holy!, How Beautiful are the Feet, Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Jesu, Holy Spirit, Let All Things Now Living, Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains, Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, Long Hast Thou Stood, O Church of God, O For a Heart to Praise my God, O Holy Jesu, O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly, O Sacred Head now Wounded, Praise the Lord!, Rejoice in the Lord Alway, The King of Love my Sheperd is, The Spacious Firmament, Thou Knowest, Lord, Turn Thee, again, O Lord, Up, up! My Heart, With Gladness, We Gather Together (Prayer of Thanksgiving), We Give Thee but Thine Own, What Child is This?, Where Are Those Who Long Have Striven, Ye Sons and Daughters of the King, Ye That Have Spent the Silent Night, Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
Review: An anthology of carols and anthems by Kenneth Leighton, one of the most distinguished of the British post-war composers, chiefly regarded today for his choral output. This anthology includes many pieces that are less well known, and find themselves in no other collection. Arranged for mixed voice choir SATB and keyboard.
Songlist: Give Me The Wings of Faith, Let All The World In Every Corner Sing, On Ode of the Birth of our Saviour, Drop, Drop Slow Tears from the Crucifix Pro Nobis, O Leave Your Sleep, The Star Song, A Hymn of the Nativity, Adventante Deo
Review: From the King's Singers' exquisite album The Quiet Heart - Choral Essays Volume 1, drawn from the sacred repertoire of the Salvation Army, these 13 selections are a reflective musical journey into the spirit. The invitation to perform in March 2005 as guest of the marvellous Hendon Salvation Army Band in heir special concert "Hendon Highlights" at London's Royal Festival Hall led to a relationship which resulted in the re-arranging and recording of 19 beautiful hymns for the CD, The Quiet Heart, on the SP&S label.Rather then just perform what were in many cases simple four-part hymns, they decided to take advantage of their six-part status, and so the hymns were mostly re-arranged with the inclusion of low 5ths to complement bass notes, double tunes (soprano and baritone) and the occasional extra harmony note. Some had Piano accompaniment, so for these they either converted them into vocal accompaniments or wrote a new vocal pattern to go with the tune. So here is the companion volume to the CD, in which we have included 13 of the tracks in the exact voicings as heard on the album. They work equally well in a concert hall or in a church.
Songlist: All For Thee, By His Hand, Christ's Part, Even Me, Grant Us Thy Peace, His Provision, Home To Thee (From Reflections), In The Secret Of Thy Presence, Intercede, O Lord, The Quiet Heart, Spirit Divine, To The Hills, When We Cannot See Our Way
Review: This volume contains works for mixed voices pertaining to Christmas and the Easter season.
Songlist: Adjunk halat immar (Graces soient rendues), Adorna thalamum (Ekitsd fel templomod), Karacsonyi bolcsodal, Karacsonyi kirie, Mennybol az angyal, Napkeleti kiralyok, Nosza, lelkem!, O gloriosa virginum, O Jesule, Sancta parens, Szep kelet, szep nap! (ejev), A keresztfahoz megyek, Alleluja! orvendezzunk, Ascendit Christus, Bunbanoknak menedeke, Bunos lelek, En nemzetem (Popule meus), Fiam, Jezus, Golgotadon latunk, Ingrediente Domino (Viragvasarnap), Keresztenyek, sirjatok, Kiralyi zaszlo jar elol (Vexilla regis prodeunt) , Krisztus, viragunk (A), Krisztus, viragunk (B) , O Jezus, Jezus (O languens Jesu) , O languens Jesu , Orvendetes napunk tamadt , Popule meus, Surrexit Christus, Szent kereszted unnepere, Vexilla Christus inclyta , Vexilla Regis prodeunt , Vilagmegvalto Jezus
Review: This volume contains works for female, children's or upper voices.
Songlist: Aranyszarnyu angya, A szep Szuz Maria, Betlehem, Betlehem!, Csengo-bongo karacsony, Fenyessegen e mai napnak, Kirie elejszon!, Megvaltonk Szuloje, Mostan kinyilt, Bunos lelkek, Dicsoseg, szent aldas, En nemzetem (Popule meus), Gyaszba borult Isten csillagvara, Krisztus a mennyve folmene (Ascendit Christus), Megfeszitett Jezus, Megjelentunk hajlekodban, O rvendjetek, angyalok, Sir a szent Szuz, Terra tremuit, Vilagmegvalto Jezus, A szeretet himnusza, Confirma hoc, Deus, Edes Urunk, Tarkanyi Bela: Egybegyultunk, o, nagy Isten, Hozsannaszo, Isten hozta, Jubilate Deo, O, egeknek Kiralyneja!, O, szentseges, o, kegyelmes, Tordai Anyos: Szentsegi Jezus, Teged kerunk, Atyaisten, Udvoz legy, Felseg!, Nadasdy Kalman: Udvoz legy, nagy Kiraly, Endrody Laszlo: Unnepi enek
Review: This volume contains works for female, children's or upper voices.
Songlist: Bajusz Beda: Amig elek, remelek, Virag Ferenc: Edes Jezus, Jezus, aldlak mindennap, Mily igen jo, Aquinoi Szent Tamas: Pange lingua, Szent Szivedbe, Jezus, Harangi Laszlo: Zeng a harang, Angyaloknak Kiralyneja, Ave Maria (Udvozlegy, Maria), Egi szuz virag, Jertek, Jezus hivei, Mentes Mihaly: Keseru gondok, Maria, Maria, kinyilt rozsa, Mentes Mihaly: Maria, Szuzanya, O, dicsoult szep kincs, O, ekes szep virag, Udvozlegy, Maria, tengernek csillagja, Vilagnak Kiralyne Asszonya, Zengj, szivem, dalt, Ah, hol vagy, magyarok tundoklo csillaga (Szent Istvan kir, Alldott Szent Istvan (I), Aldott Szent Istvan (II), Igaz hitnek plantaloja (Szent Istvan kiralyhoz), Isten, hazankert terdelunk elodbe, Kihez az Ur elkulde angyalat, Szedo Denes: Kis Terez, Magyarok fenye, Megvaltonknak ore (Szent Jozsefhez), O, Szent Jozsef, Pannoniaban nott, teljes szep viola , Szenteidben csodalando nagy Isten, Gereb Kazmer: Szent Imre herceg
Review: This volume contains canons and choral pieces for female, children's or upper voices.
Songlist: Adoremus, Aki magat felmagasztalja, Aron vetettetek, Ave maris stella, Boldogasszony anyank, Buntetesunk hordozta, Ekes nap, Fel, fel, dalra fel, Halljatok meg az Ur hangjat, Hallod-e Jezus hivasat?, Istene az aldas, Krisztusban dicseked, Legy hiv mindhalalig, Mas nev nincs, Mennyorszag ajtaja, Nagybojti kanon (Konyorulj rajtam), O, en edes Jezusom, Szalljon a dal, Szent karacsony ejjel (O, gyonyoruszep, titokzatos ej!, Szolj, Uram, szolj, Teljes szivemmel, Zsoltar-kanon, Mennyorszagnak kiralyneja, O, edes Jezus
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