In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Everyone in a SATB group knows that we’ve got the best of both worlds – the sassy women’s voices and the bottom end that rounds it out. What could possibly be better? Being an SATB group with great arrangements, of course! Lucky you, you came to the right place to guarantee that happens to your group. Whether it’s jazz standards, music of the ‘70s, a cappella standards, pop, world-beat or even doo-wop madrigals that your quartet is looking for, you’ll find it here, arranged by some of the top arrangers in the a cappella world.
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Review: A collection of songs by The Australian Voices, this a cappella songbooks incorporates new songs by Australian-based composers with traditional folksongs.
Songlist: Kalkadunga Yurdu, To An Early-Flowering Almond, Other Plans, The Keeper, Initialize, Diana, Stellar Mansions, To The Evening Star, The Facebook Song, Waltzing Matilda
Review: Craig McLeish writes of The Negro Speaks of Rivers; Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was the first black American to earn his living from writing. He was an innovator of jazz poetry, becoming part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote plays, short stories, novels, and his poetry was widely read. He was also a journalist, columnist and lecturer. The Negro Speaks of Rivers was perhaps his earliest published work, written when only 17 and while travelling by train to Mexico to visit his father. As the train crossed the Mississippi he suddenly began thinking about how rivers had impacted on Negro history, particularly in the fight against slavery. The four rivers mentioned in the poem lent themselves to using musical influences from those particular regions.
Songlist: I've Known Rivers, The Congo, The Euphrates, The Mississippi, The Nile
Review: The film Pitch Perfect presents the world of collegiate a cappella groups with a comedic flair and musical sassiness that your pop ensembles will love to recreate! Whether a cappella or accompanied, here is the Bellas' terrific mash-up, including: Don't You (Forget About Me), Give Me Everything (Tonight), Price Tag. The irresistible break-out hit "Cups" by Anna Kendrick has a sweet folky flavor and the fun "cup" accompaniment will be a hit with your choir! Now crossing over to YouTube and mainstream radio, the song is getting major attention in the media. May be performed a cappella or accompanied. Kelly Clarkson's mega hit "Since U Been Gone" rocks out in this a cappella rendition!
Songlist: Since U Been Gone, Cups, Bellas Finals
Review: Made popular on Toy Story 3 = Awesome this humorous piece simultaneously ridicules and celebrates user-generated content. The lyrical main theme rolls around in vibrant familiarity, always rocking between the major keys of C# and E. This tension between genuine and mock exuberance is the central irony of the piece.
Songlist: The Facebook Song
Review: Favourite Anthems' for SATB choir presents some of John Tavener's most popular works from his outstandingly varied and extensive catalog of works for choir. Also included are beautiful miniatures and radiant anthems which trace a line over the years from the exquisite simplicity of his setting of William Blake's The Lamb to the monumental Veil of the Temple and beyond.
Songlist: A Christmas Round , A Hymn To The Mother Of God, Advent Antiphon, Agnus Dei, As One Who Has Slept, Exhortation And Kohima, God Is With Us (A Christmas Proclamation) , Nunc Dimittis, O That We Were There, Rocking, Song For Athene, The Founder's Prayer, The Lamb, Today The Virgin, What God Is, We Do Not Know
Review: A definitive collection of 100 anthems from Tudor times to the present, this book includes favorites as well as lesser-known pieces. The anthems were selected for their practical usefulness for church choirs today, bearing in mind the needs of smaller choirs: the anthems are mostly for SATB with or without keyboard accompaniments.
Songlist: Ave verum Corpus , Haec dies , Justorum animae , Laetentur coeli , Miserere mei , O quam gloriosum , Sing joyfully , Teach me O Lord , This day Christ was born , Factum est silentium , Call to remembrance , Hide not thou thy face , Lord for they tender mercy's sake , Almighty and everlasting God , Hosanna to the Son of David , O clap your hands , O Lord in thy wrath , This is the record of John , Let thy merciful ears , O Lord the maker , Ave Maria , Ascendit Deus , If ye love me , O nata lux , Salvator mundi , With all our hearts , I heard a voice , When David heard , Give almes of thy goods , Alleluia. I heard a voice , Gloria in excelsis Deo , Hosanna to the Son of David , O Lord arise, When David heard
Review: Drawing together two composers long associated with contemporary vocal music, Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars presents eight original and exciting pieces by Bob Chilcott and Jussi Chydenius (of Rajaton fame). Setting celebrated American and English poetry, as well as specially-written texts by Chilcott, this collection examines themes of nature, the elements, eternity, and love. The timeless character of the words is explored through a wide range of popular musical styles, including rock grooves, reflective ballads, and exuberant encores. With a cappella and accompanied pieces, optional bass and drum kit parts, and a variety of SATB textures, Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars provides an array of compelling concert material for today's audiences.
Songlist: Come back! , Tonight , My Heart's Friend , Deep in the night, Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars , On a Windy Day , She walks in beauty , The Sound of the Sea
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: Your jazz, show, and concert choirs will all sound fantastic singing this classic Gershwin ballad "But Not for Me". This new a cappella arrangement offers beautiful lush harmonies with a female solo feature. Closes with one of Ira's most creative lyrics: "But there's no knot for me." The expressive ballad "When I Fall in Love" has been expertly arranged for a cappella mixed voices. A classic song plus a classic setting equals a memorable performance experience for all. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Hawaiian-style "Over the Rainbow" has become a prevalent part of today's popular music. Performed in Glee's first season finale by Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling, the unique setting has been sung by several American Idol contestants and featured in many TV shows and movies. In this creative arrangement, a divisi choir accompanies the soloist, duet, or small group, performing a cappella or with optional piano, ukulele, or guitar. "The More I See You" - Originally released in 1945, this standard continues to touch hearts. Langford's advanced vocal jazz setting, dividing into multiple voice parts, really brings the melody and lyrics to life. Worth the rehearsal time! "Someone to Watch Over Me" - Originally written as an up-tempo number for the musical Oh Kay!, Ira convinced George that it was better as a ballad. The lush, challenging harmonies in this arrangement prove that Ira was right!
Songlist: But Not for Me, When I Fall in Love, Over the Rainbow, The More I See You, Someone to Watch Over Me
Review: Contemporary a cappella groups will enjoy the Reba McEntire top hit "Turn On the Radio" as they sing about a relationship gone bad. "So listen Romeo, when you're feelin' kinda lonely, let me tell you where to go: turn on the radio!" "Home" is the debut single and coronation song from American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips and is the best-selling song by any Idol alum. Michael Buble's upbeat sound and fresh harmonies shine through in this contemporary a cappella setting of "Haven't Met You Yet" . Feature a soloist or two over the fun-to-sing vocal accompaniment. The poignant story about a young life lost too early touched listeners around the world when "If I Die Young" was released by The Band Perry. This contemporary a cappella setting is an appropriate choice for those more reflective concert occasions. DJ Calvin Harris collaborated with English performer Ellie Goulding on the top-forty hit "I Need Your Love". Ben Bram's contemporary treatment is sure to be a hit with your a cappella group!
Songlist: Turn On the Radio, If I Die Young, Haven't Met You Yet, I Need Your Love, Home
Review: Thie Olivia Newton-John hit from the '70s "Let Me Be There" translates perfectly as a gospel-edged pop piece for today's choirs. There's a little hint of Elvis, too. Well-crafted choral writing combines with rhythmic drive to make your group come alive. There's a brief hand clapping a cappella section as the piece builds toward the big finish. "Build Me Up Buttercup" - Think collegiate-style a cappella with a street corner, doo-wop twist! Great individual vocal lines layer to make this a full-sounding choral from start to finish. An excellent change of pace in any concert. Scat your way to success with this inventive vocal setting of the '70s favorite "Pick Up the Pieces", a soul classic by the Average White Band. "Your Smiling Face" - A show stopper, for sure! Arranged in a collegiate, street-corner a cappella-style, with a featured Tenor solo. A fantastic change of pace. Considered to be their farewell single, the 1983 ABBA hit "Thank You For The Music" gently grooves in this contemporary a cappella setting from Kirby Shaw. A great choice for smaller ensembles or concert groups. "Without a song or a dance, what are we?"
Songlist: Build Me Up Buttercup, Pick Up the Pieces, Let Me Be There, Your Smiling Face, Thank You For The Music
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: With text from Genesis this is a very interesting and rewarding extended work for mixed chorus a cappella and features a solo for Mezzo-Soprano.
Songlist: In The Beginning
Review: Based on melody No. 202 in Kurt Schindler's collection: "Folk Music and Poetry of Spain and Portugal." The chorus is to be divided into two groups: The main choral body, and a conrasting smaller "Solo group" of approximately 3 or 4 voices to a part.
Songlist: The Shake-down Song
Review: Mixed voice arrangements by David Brunner, Irving Fine, Glenn Koponen, Gregory Rose, and R. Wilding-White collected for the first time in a complete edition. Includes the original notes on the songs.
Songlist: The Boatmen's Dance, The Dodger, Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts, I Bought Me a Cat, The Little Horses, Zion's Walls, The Golden Willow Tree, At the River, Ching-a-ring Chaw
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: Volume IV of Seasonal Carols Old & New is an exciting new venture into previously unexplored territory. Apart from a small number of Easter carols, there has been little music available for festivals other than Christmas. In Seasonal Carols Volume IV all the main seasons are represented, and in addition festivals such as Corpus Christi, Candlemas, The Transfiguration of Saints' Days receive timely attention. As a complete contrast and in a secular vein, a new rustic mixedvoice arrangement of King Henry VIII's "Pastime With Good Company" has been added. This volume is intended to give churches, schools and colleges a wide selection of material that will help to add a richer feeling to a liturgically - based Christian year.
Songlist: A Lenten Prayer , A Carol for Lent, A Song for Holy Week, Christ the Lord is Risen, Easter Day, Christ ist erstanden, Water from the Wells of Salvation, In this sign conquer, I am with you - Yes to the end of time, Spirit of God, A Whitsun Hymn, Be present, Holy Trinity, By day and night they sing, Taste and See, Alleluia, Sing to Jesus, The Old Man's King, O Lord of Hosts, All Heaven Possessing, Saints Alive, A Carol to Mary, Carol for Peace (Kum ba Yah), A Carol for Unity (Peace Depends on Unity), Pastime with Good Company
Review: Treat yourself to seven, rousing spirituals by Albert McNeil, who is well-known to the national choral community, having been honored on four occasions with "Command Performances" before the prestigious American Choral Directors Association in 1981 in New Orleans, in 1985 at their Salt Lake City Convention, at their 1997 convention in San Diego, California, and most recently in February, 2000, at Los Angeles during the ACDA Western Division Convention held on the campus of Loyola-Marymount University.
Songlist: Hold Out Your Light, He's Got the Whole World, O Mary, Don't You Weep, Open the Window, Noah, John, The Revelator, My Long White Robe, All My Trails
Review: A selection of classic Italian madrigals, mostly a cappella and all with English lyrics.
Songlist: Fortune Once Made Us Happy, Last Slumber Eternal End , Lo How Aurora W/Gold , Love In Truth To A Lover , My Queenly Sun Before, Of Marble you are Fashioned, Since Beauty That Is Boundless , Therein Deep Sighing , This Parting Will Slay Me , When I Think How I Languish , When I Was Merry Stripling, Wild Silvan Creatures
Review: This is an impressive setting of "By An' By." Alice Parker has given the parts independent lines, exposed sections for all parts, and a solo for your finest soloist. A beautiful rendition perfect for concert/festival use. In traditional "Parker" style, Alice has arranged a bright a cappella setting of the American folk-tune "Happy In The Lord" with stunning effect."I Want Two Wings" is a light, brisk spiritual arranged for a cappella voices. With independent lines playing with each other throughout, giving some gospel-type solos for the soprano section, the piece makes an excellent concert/festival selection for an advanced choir! This distinctive spiritual arrangement of "When Jesus Comes" adds to the considerable body of choral work Alice Parker has created during her remarkable career. Imaginative, compelling, always melodic, it is among her finest in this genre. This distinctive spiritual arrangement of "You Can Tell The World" adds to the considerable body of choral work Alice Parker has created during her remarkable career. Imaginative, compelling, always melodic, it is among her finest in this genre. Also included in this package is "I Want Two Wings."
Songlist: Balm In Gilead, Happy In The Lord, I Want Two Wings, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, When Jesus Comes, You Can Tell The World
Review: Four A Cappella pieces make this collection by Alice Parker a must-add to your choral repertoire. Each piece is SATB and includes a piano reduction for rehearsal only.
Songlist: Bound For Promiseland, Consolation Op33,1 (Karg-Elert), It Is Well With My Soul, Loving Kindness
Review: An exciting collection of five classic spiritual settings which can be performed separately or together as a suite.
Songlist: I'm Goin' to Sing, Steal Away, I Got Shoes, Deep River, John Saw duh Numbuh
Review: Here is a new and powerful collection of songs from South Africa, celebrating the country's freedom! Following the popular first collection Freedom Is Coming, the songs in this new set are for mixed voices with solos, finger-snapping, optional drum accompaniment and more! In English and African languages.
Songlist: Forward, Performance Suggestions , Freedom Is In Your Hand, Ewe Thina (We Walk His Way), Oh Yini (Where Are You?), Sithi Jabula (My Joy Is Jesus), Hosanna Nkosi Phezulu (Hosanna Praised Be God on High), Azisenzeni na? (What Have We Done?), We Shall Never Die, Honono, I Live and Move
Review: Six world-famous opera overtures arranged for SATB choirs with a sense of adventure. Sung entirely on nonsensical "dops" and "bops," this fast-paced musical collage is guaranteed to both entertain and educate! Includes snippets from: Fidelio, The Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and William Tell.
Songlist: A Cappella Overtures
Review: A collection of classic Broadway songs arranged in Anita's inimitable style. Accompanied SATB
Songlist: Singing In The Rain, One, Anything You Can Do, What I Did For Love, My Favorite Things
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: This new anthology of Part's choral works replaces the earlier one published in 1999. It is even more representative of Part's work, not only because of the recent additions, but because of the very welcome decision to include two selections from his major a cappella work, Kanon Pokajanen. The revised selection is also carefully geared towards the music represented on three CDs, all of which were recorded in consultation with the composer. introduced by Paul Hillier.
Songlist: Arvo Part, Observation on the Performance of Arvo Part's choral music, Bemerkungen zur Auffuhrungspraxis der Chorwerke Arvo Parts, Remarques sur l'interpretation des oeuvres chorales d'Arvo Part, Werkvezeichnis- List of Works- Catalogue des oeuvres, An den Wassen zu Babel saben wir und weinten, Beatus Petronius, Cantate Domino canticum novum, Da pacem Domine, De profundis, Dopo la vittoria, Gebet nach dem Kanon, I Am the True Vine, Littlemore Tractus, Magnificat, Memento (Ode VII), Missa syllabica (a cappella), Most Holy Mother of God, Nunc dimittis, Salve Regina, Sieben Magnificat- Anthiphonen, Solfeggio, Statuit ei Dominus, Triodion, Veni creator, Which Was the Son of ..., Zwei slawische Psalmen
Review: More Than Hymns is a two-volume collection of anthems for mixed voice choirs featuring extended arrangements of existing hymn tunes, together with original anthem-style settings of the texts of several well known hymns. Of the sixteen works in this first volume, six are published here for the first time, including new arrangements by composers of today: Malcolm Archer, Rogers Covey-Crump, John Joubert, Barry Rose and Gavin Williams. The texts cover many seasons of the church's year - Advent, Epiphany, Passiontide, Easter, Ascension, as well as celebratory occasions such as festival services and weddings.
Songlist: A Hymn For St. Cecilia, When I Needed A Neighbour Were You There?, Brightest And Best, Fight The Good Fight With All Thy Might, For The Beauty Of The Earth, Here I Am Lord, Jesus Is The Brightest Light, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Let All The World In Ev'ry Corner Sing, O Perfect Love, Rejoice The Lord Is King, Sweet Consolation, There Is A Green Hill Far Away, There's A Wideness In God's Mercy, This Joyful Eastertide, Blessed Are The Pure In Heart
Review: More Than Hymns is a two-volume collection of anthems for mixed voice choirs featuring extended arrangements of existing hymn tunes, together with original anthem-style settings of the texts of several well known hymns. Of the seventeen works in this second volume, seven are published here for the first time, including new pieces by composers of today: John Barnard, Indra Hughes, Stephen Jackson, Bryan Kelly, Barry Rose and Gavin Williams. The texts cover many seasons of the church's year - Advent, Lent, Passiontide, Easter, Communion, Evensong and more.
Songlist: Be Still, For The Presence Of The Lord, Come Down, O Love Divine, Crossing The Bar, Forty Days And Forty Nights, Hail, Gladdening Light, Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face To Face, King Of Glory, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Lord Of All Hopefulness, Lord Of The Dance, Love's Redeeming Work Is Done, Morning Glory, Starlit Sky, My Dancing Day, Now Is The Bitter Time, O Sons And Daughters Let Us Sing!, Thou Art The Way, Christ Be With You
Review: An excellent compilation of twenty-four anthems for Mixed Voice Choirs featuring texts taken from the Psalms, featuring new works and performing editions published for the first time. The anthology spans four centuries and includes material by many of the greatest composers of English choral music, including William Harris, Herbert Howells, Samuel Sebastian Wesley and Bernard Rose.
Songlist: Behold, O God Our Defender, Turn Thee Again, O Lord, Enter Not Into Judgement, God Is Gone Up With A Merry Noise, I Am Thine, O Save Me, I Love The Lord, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, Jubilate (O Be Joyful In The Lord), Let My Prayer, Lord, I Call Upon Thee, Lord, I Have Loved The Habitation Of Thy House, Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, O Be Joyful In The Lord, O Hearken Thou, O Lord Our Governor, O Praise God In His Holiness, O Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem, O Sing Unto The Lord, Praise The Lord, My Soul, Sing We Merrily Unto God Our Strength, The Eyes Of All Wait Upon Thee, O Lord, The Lord Is My Shepeherd, The Lord Is My Shepeherd, Cast Me Not Away From Thy Presence
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: The talented and creative singer-songwriter Ben Folds became enamored of collegiate a cappella after hearing some of the groups on YouTube. On this release he recorded some of his favorite campus a cappella groups as they each perform one of his songs and the result is a delight. The Spartones open the disc with a stella arrangement of "Not the Same" with the Leading Tones of Ohio University giving a solid rendition of "Brick". Ben Folds himself sings a cappella (with multi tracking) on "Boxing" and the fun "Effington". Mosaic Whispers sings "Still Fighting It" with conviction while the more jazz arrangement of "Selfless, Cold and Composed" helps show why Ben Folds songs are so much fun to arrange and perform unaccompanied. The University of Chicago's Voices in Your Head perform a very interesting arrangement of "Magic" and the Newtones soothing treatment of "Evaporate" surprises. Fifth Element is remarkable performing "Fair" and the closing "The Luckiest" wraps up the recording perfectly. This release certainly shows how talented today's collegiate a cappella groups have become and although a few individual voices may not always be pitch perfect the arrangements are almost all top notch and impressive. Recommended.
Songlist: Not the Same, Jesusland, Brick, You Don't Know Me, Still Fighting It, Boxing, Selfless, Cold and Composed, Magic, Landed, Time, Effington, Evaporated, Fred Jones Part 2, Army, Fair, The Luckiest
Review: At the opening of Act 2 of Gloriana, Queen Elizabeth 1 is on a state visit to Norwich. After a formal address of welcome she is entertained by a Masque. To these unaccompanied Choral Dances, dancers representing Time and Concord, country girls and young rustics and fishermen all pay homage and tribute to the Queen
Songlist: Time, Concord, Time and Concord, Country Girls, Rustics and Fishermen, Final Dance of Homage
Review: Both beautiful and inspiring words and music with these delightful songs.
Songlist: To Daffodils, The Succession of the Four Sweet Months, Marsh Flowers, The Evening Primrose, Ballad of Green Broom
Review: Dedicated to Civil Rights pioneer Ella Baker, "Ella's Song" by Sweet Honey in the Rock founder Bernice Johnson Reagon is a powerful song of courage and struggle. "we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes" Also from Bernice Johnson Reagon and Sweet Honey in the Rock, "We Are the Ones We Been Waiting For" written in tribute to the women of South Africa is a powerful and uplifting call for leadership and inner strength. It is especially appropriate as an audience participation number and recessional.
Songlist: We Are the Ones We Been Waiting For, Ella's Song
Review: Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon, Sweet Honey in the Rock has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture with songs and performances that nourish the soul and give courage to singers and listeners. The setting of Matthew 11:28-30"Come Unto Me" is a comforting solace for the weary, with layered vocal phrases and soothing harmonies. "I Remember, I Believe" combines elements of gospel, blues and spirituals into a rich vocal tapestry that reflects on the Hebrew tradition of "remembering" as the basis of faith. Mesmerizing and powerful! "Seven Principles" celebrates the traditions of Kwanzaa in a steady, purposeful style with optional percussion and adaptable vocal parts for any combination of voices.
Songlist: Come Unto Me, Seven Principles, I Remember, I Believe
Review: This volume aims to present a wide range of styles, from a simple Choral setting to swing and gospel-rock, call-and-response and shouting, a cappella and with piano accompaniment. Each title can be performed on its own but the whole also adds up to a very effective and exciting suite.
Songlist: Oh Freedom, Go Down, Moses, Somebody's Knockin' At Your Door, Go Tell It On The Mountin
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: These anthems by Andrew Carter, Bob Chilcott, and John Rutter contain ten of their most popular pieces to date. The anthems have been carefully selected to be both approachable to a wide range of choirs and appropriate to the needs of today's liturgy. Together, these collections offer an unrivalled choice of text, style, and scoring, which will make them indispensible and treasured additions to any choir library.
Songlist: And Thank Him Then, Be Thou My Vision, even Such Is Time, God Loved So The World, If Ye Love Me, Irish Blessing, Just As I Am, Song From Jubilate, Sweet Prospect, Walk Softly
Review: Nine classic Chilcott songs including original pieces and arrangements of traditional material. The varied nature of the collection highlights Chilcott's prodigious gifts. Some of the pieces are published here for the first time.
Songlist: Aka-Tonbo, Ar Hyd Y Nos, Composed Upon Westminister Bridge, September 3, 1802, Dance In The Street, O Danny Boy, Over the Wave, The Lily and the Rose, The Runner, The Skye Boat Song
Review: An uplifting and joyful concert setting of four texts exploring man's relationship with the earth. Brimming with energy, the work has a wonderful freshness and vitality. Chilcott selects a range of evocative texts from ancient Chinese, Aztec, Eskimo, and native American cultures. Chilcott's skill for capturing the essence and meaning of words in music shines throughout the work.
Songlist: When the Sun Rises, The Earth, The Innermost House, Come to the Great World
Review: This exciting collection by Bob Chilcott gives a jazzy twist to nine favourite folk songs from around the world. The spiral-bound edition is accompanied by a fantastic backing CD, allowing choirs to perform with jazz-trio accompaniment. Bob Chilcott currently conducts the chorus at the Royal College of Music in London and is in great demand as a guest conductor and leader of choral workshops worldwide.
Songlist: Composer's Note, A La Claire Fontaine (There by the Crystal Fountain), En La Macarenita (Down in Macarena), Hush, Little Baby, Sakura (Cherry Tree), Scarborough Fair, Tell My Ma, The House of the Rising Sun, Tuoll' On Mun Kultani (There is my Loved one), Waltzing Matilda, CD Tracklist and Credits
Review: Bob Chilcott joined the King's Singers in 1987 and sang tenor in the group for 12 years while also serving as their primary arranger. This collection includes 8 favorite North American folksongs, now available for the first time in a single volume. Piano for rehearsal only.
Songlist: Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair, Feller From Fortune, The Gift To Be Simple, The Golden Variety, I Bought Me A Cat, L'Habitant De Saint Barbe, The Lazy Man, She's Like The Swallow
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: 'Singing by Numbers' is a celebration of singing in all its various forms, using a diverse assortment of texts. The seven short movements include items for upper (or children's) voices and men's voices as well as the full choir.
Songlist: Sing We Now Merrily, The Singing Of Birds, Hey Down A Down, Cruet MacNighshade, Sing You Now, Everyone Sang, Hey Down A Down / Sing With Thy Mouth
Review: Songs And Cries Of London by Bob Chilcott is a vibrant and varied choral cantata in five movements for SATB choir, upper-voice choir, piano duet, and optional percussion. The two outer movements draw their words and inspiration from "The Cries Of London" by Orlando Gibbons and frame three contrasting middle movements setting a poem each by Dunbar and wordsworth, as well as the anonymous 18th century rhyme "Oranges and Lemons." Together, these settings evoke a surprisingly contemporary impression of London's sights, sounds, and moods, inspiring some irresistible music, by turns contemplative and unquenchably thrilling.
Songlist: Come Buy, The Flower Of Cities All, London Bells, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, Good Morrow
Review: Without a doubt one of the most popular songs of the 20th century, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" is re-created here in an exact transcription of the Bobby McFerrin's original hit recording from the album "Simple Pleasures." 3 Soprano parts, 2 Alto parts, and a very hip Bass line back up the soloist or soloists of your choice - a cappella. Great fun to sing and to hear! The music for "KnickKnack" was created by Bobby McFerrin as the soundtrack to the animated short film of the same name created by Pixar Animation Studios. The Short may be seen on DVD as the opening entertainment for the Pixar film, "Finding Nemo." A reverent and truly beautiful rendition of the widely known "23rd Psalm," this piece is frequently used in religious services. It's pace is slow and contemplative, and the music enhances the beauty of the language. As recorded on Bobby's "Medicine Music" CD. In "Grace," alto, tenor, and bass voices suggest the chant-like song of a carillon while the sopranos create a rhapsodic melody. This meditative score is enhanced with rhythmic breathing and optional parts for two cellos or cello section. Transcribed from "Hush," Bobby's duo album with Yo-Yo Ma. Each of Bobby's arrangements comes with extensive performance notes.
Songlist: knickknack, Don't Worry Be Happy, Grace, 23rd Psalm
Review: Bobby McFerrin is unique not only due to his choice of notes, but in the way he sings those notes. Each of these beautiful arrangements, all three part of Bobby's sacred music series, comes with extensive performance notes to help your group achieve the sounds and groove that was originally intended. With text adapted from the Book of Matthew, "Manna" provides a simple refrain with wonderfully textured variations that bring light to the thought "Whoever believes in Me will live forever." "Manna" includes a through-composed piano part as an additional color in the ensemble. "Come to Me" is rhythmic music full of life, freedom, and joy. An up-tempo piece to make everyone feel good, "come to me" with text adapted from the Book of John, includes parts for vocal percussion, body percussion, and handclaps. As recorded on Bobby's "Simple Pleasures" CD. "The Garden" exemplifies a new approach in choral writing in which McFerrin's African-influenced nuances are given full body by co-composer and arranger Roger Treece. The music, originally recorded on the 'Medicine Music' CD, will provide an exciting and gratifying challenge for choral singers and a rich experience for audiences.
Songlist: Manna, The Garden, Come to Me
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