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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: "Les Chansons des Roses" is a collection of compositions based on the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. Says Lauridsend of his selection: "(Rilke') poems on roses struck me as expecially charming, filled with gorgeous lyricism, deftly crafted and elegant in their imagery. There exquisite poems are primarily light, joyous and playful, and the musical settings are designed to enhance these characteristics and capture their delicate beauty and sensuousness."
Songlist: Dirait-on, Contre Qui Rose, De Ton Reve Trop Plein, La Rose Complete, En Une Seule Fleur
Review: THhe Six Fire Songs have been featured at major choral festivals around the world. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "stunningly crafted", the Madrigalli are unified by romantic references to fire in each of the poems. Characteristic Italian Rennaissance "madrigalisms" such as word painting, modality, bold harmonic shifts, intricate counterpoint and augenmusik occur throughout the cycle.
Songlist: Amor, Io Sento L'Alma, Ov'e Lass, Il Bel Viso?, Quando son piu Lontan, Io Pango, Se Per Favervi, oime, Luci serene e Chiare
Review: The five spirituals contained within this collection have been edited directly from Moses Hogan's original a cappella settings to include accompanied arrangements for easy/medium SATB voicings. Great care has been taken to preserve the dynamic nuances, and the accompaniments reflect all of the harmonic and rhythmic stylings of the original a cappella settings.
Songlist: Ain't That Good News, Abide With Me, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Lord, I Want To Be A Christian, God's Gonna Set This World On Fire
Review: With a foreward by Mormon Tabernacle Choir Director, Craig Jessop, this new collection of Moses Hogan originals and arrangements is a welcome addition to the first volume. Essential for every director's library it includes Certainly, Lord - Climbin' up the Mountain - Give Me That Old Time Religion - I'll Make the Difference (A Song of Hope for Singers Around the World) - Like a Mighty Stream - Music down in My Soul - Ride On, King Jesus and 28 more.
Songlist: Cert'nly Lawd, Clibin' Up the Mountain, De Blin' Man Stood On De Road An' Cried, Deep River, Give Me Jesus, Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King, Hold On!, I Am His Child, I Got A Home in-a Dat Rock, I'll Make the Difference, Let the Heaven Light Shine on Me, Lift Every Voice for Freedom, Like a Mighty Stream, Mister Banjo, Music Down In My Soul, My God Is So High, No Hidin' Place, O Magnify the Lord, Old Time Religion, Reide On, King Jesus, Spiritual Reflection, A, Stand By Me, Surely he Died On Calvary, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, There's a Man Goin' Round, We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace, Who Built the Ark?, You Better Min' How You Talk
Review: Features 7spirituals as interpreted by acclaimed conductor and arranger Moses Hogan. "Moses Hogan provides a new voice for spirituals in America. His arrangements are exciting treatments that do not obscure the traditional essence of this music. His artistry as conductor, arranger and pianist is world-class!" - Craig Jessop, Director, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Songlist: Hear My Prayer , Ride the Chariot , I Want To Be Ready , You Better Min' How You Talk, A Spiritual Reflection , Good News, The Chariot's Comin' , We Shall Walk Through The Valley In Peace
Review: More of Moses Hogan's most exciting arrangements.
Songlist: I Know The Lord's Laid His Hands On Me, Little David, Play On Your Harp, Ride On, King Jesus, Standing In Need Of A Prayer, Steal Away, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Jesus Lay Your Head In The Window
Review: Thirty-five all-time favorite gospel songs from award-winning composer Mosie Lister in one souvenir songbook. Includes historic photos, as well as stories behind several of his songs. Lister began his musical career as a singer, performing as an original member of the Sunny South Quartet before he was tapped by Hovie Lister to be the original baritone for the Statesmen. Lister soon gave up his professional singing career to devote his attention to writing, continuing to work as an arranger for the Statesmen. Lister was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in 1976 and into the SGMA Hall Of Fame in 1997.
Songlist: At the Crossing, Blow Your Trumpet, Gabriel, Come and See the Man, Down On My Knees, Good Old Gospel Singing, Goodby, World, Goodby, Happy Rhythm, Hard Trails Will Soon Be Over, He Knows Just What I Need, His Grace Is Sufficient For Me, His Hand In Mine, How Long Has It Been?, I Won't Turn Back, I'll Leave It All Behind, I'm Bound For The Kingdom, I'm Climbing Up The Mountain, I'm Feeling Fine, I've Been Changed, If You Believe, In The Arms Of Sweet Deliverance, It's Alright Now, Led By the Masters Hand, Nothing Can Compare, O What A Friend, Restore My Soul, The Gentle Stranger, The King and I, The Touch Of His Hand, The Way Of The Cross Led Me Home, Then I Met the Master, 'Til the Storm Passes By, When I Inherit My Mansion, When They Call My Name, Where No One Stands Alone, While Ages Roll
Review: The music here is meant to evoke the amorous thoughts and feelings of young lovers in Shakespeare's England. "It Was A Lover and His Lass" is a musical picture of a pair of happy young lovers meandering through the lush green countryside and enjoying the warmth of a spring day. It is obvious that these tow are a part of the total flowering spring. "Oh Mistress Mine" is a tender appeal by the young lover imploring his beloved to roaming and come to him. He employs various arguments to convince her that love should happen now and not later. His ardent desire is reflected in the music. However, at the end of the piece his love remains unrequited. In "Daffodils" there is so much youthful energy that it almost gets out of control. The key here is "tumbling." The whole piece goes in spurts and stops, with duddilly dum dum's and oo's containing little naughty thoughts here and there which can't say in words. All the chaos seems to come under control for awhile until the pent up energy bursts forth in "tumbling, tumbling, tumbling" and gleefully ends "as we go tumbling in the hay."
Songlist: It Was A Lover and His Lass, Oh Mistress Mine, Daffodils
Review: Ned Rorem's 'Seven Motets for the Church Year' was commissioned by All Saints Episcopal Church in Ft. Laurderdale, FL, on the occasion of its 75th Anniversary. All seven movements are beautiful 4 part settings of Antiphons, to be used throughout the year.
Songlist: While All Things Were In Quiet Silence, Before the Morning Star Begotten, Lay Up For Yourselves, Praise Him Who Was Crucified, God Is Gone Up, Today the Holy Spirit Appeared, Rejoice We All in the Lord
Review: The World War II classic, "I'll Be Seeing You", by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain, evokes memories of the big band era, while staying in the a cappella realm. Rubato, mellow blends and dynamic shaping are keys to this Darmon Meader arrangement. It creates the melancholy feelings that are significant in time of war when loved ones are missed and longed for. A beautiful selection for the holidays and the New Year, as well as graduation. "Baby Driver" - Sheer, unbridled fun! For college or adult jazz chorus, this arrangement as sung by the New York Voices is a bit tricky, but well worth the effort. It features incredible harmony and rhythm and some a cappella sections, but the purpose of this piece is not to get technical-just to have fun! Four-part scat singing frames the piece on either end, while your baritone soloist goes to town (with great choral support) on each verse. Baby Driver, extracted from the New York Voices Songs of Paul Simon CD, is a toe-tappin', hand-clappin' jazz party. Invite everyone you know! The timeless Irish folk song "The Last Rose Of Summer" has been arranged by the renowned Darmon Meader of the group New York Voices. Simple unison and harmonies that respect the tune and lyric open then graduate to a more contemporary sound to add freshness without difficulty. A dream to teach and sing!
Songlist: I'll Be Seeing You, Baby Driver, The Last Rose Of Summer, Come Home
Review: 'Overs' is an introspective beauty full of angular voicings and a poignant lyric. Peter Eldrige's arrangement of this excellent Paul Simon tune offers much solo opportunity, or if preferred, the piece can be performed as a group feature. 'Me and Julio' is another great NYV arrangement of a Paul Simon classic. 'Soon One Day' features an unusual a cappella opening into the dramatic solo as recorded by Caprice Fox on the recent Hearts of Fire album. Alternating solo and chorus sections build to an interesting shout section with influences of Gospel and African music. Auxiliary percussion and vocal sounds add to the impact in this exciting arrangement. A beautiful opening for mezzo soloist begins 'Now That The Love Is Over,' a funk/rock arrangement by Darmon Meader. This chart will put a real "kick" into your jazz group.
Songlist: Overs, Me and Julio, Soon One Day
Review: A tribute to the late Ella Fitzgerald, the fast swing arrangement, 'Oh, Lady Be Good,' is one no jazz ensemble should be without. It features improvisation solos, vocalese solos based on nursery rhymes, and one monster of a shout section! The ultimate closer for a concert program! 'Way of the World' is the title track for the New York Voices Hearts of Fire album. A funk/rock setting of the rock classic, this arrangement features exciting voicings that really allow the featured soprano solo to soar! The classic A. C. Jobim bossa nova, 'Desafinado,' arranged by Darmon Meader, features both male and female solos interspersed with lush vocal textures. Instrumental solo space is also built into the arrangement. Also, written by A. C. Jobim, lyrics by Kim Nazarian and arranged by Darmon Meader, 'Modinha' is a haunting a cappella piece. It starts with a female solo building to a rich 4-part texture and winds down to a moody finish. A great a cappella moment in any concert.
Songlist: Oh, Lady Be Good (Ella Be Good), That's The Way of the World, Desafinado, Modinha
Review: The introspective ballad, 'Prelude / Interlude' gives solo opportunities for all voices, and a short ensemble section. A beautiful change of pace for your ensemble. 'Giant Steps' is an exciting Darmon Meader arrangement of the Coltrane Classic. Great soli sections will provide a welcome challenge for the ambitious choir. This Darmon Meader arrangement of the Duke Ellington classic, 'In a Mellowtone' combines the Ellington Big Band, Basie Big Band and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross versions. The arrangement features vocalese section for solo male and female as well as intricate backgrounds for the ensemble. The song builds to a dynamic shout chorus based on the Frank Foster/CBO arrangement. 'Cottontail' is a smokin' be-bop chart. This one just cooks, cooks and cooks from beginning to end. SSATB
Songlist: Prelude / Interlude, Giant Steps, In a Mellow tone, Cotton Tail
Review: These Paul Simon classics has been dynamically arranged by Peter Eldridge and Darmon Meader and recorded by the venerable New York Voices. Smooth jazz vocals and solo lines play against a rhythmic percussion background making up these hot charts that were recorded on the CD New York Voices Sing the Songs of Paul Simon. For show choir or vocal jazz ensemble, this humorous and energetic arrangement features a Louisiana Cajun groove of "Why Don't You Write Me?," allows for a lot of solo lines interspersed with group vocals and includes a fun swing section as well. Fabulous! Piano accompanied.
Songlist: Mother and Child Reunion, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, Loves Me Like a Rock, Why Don't You Write Me?
Review: This treasury of 47 vocal works - edited by Noah Greenberg, founder and former director of the New York Pro Music Antiqua - will delight all lovers of medieval and Renaissance music. Containing a wealth of both religious and secular music from the 12th to the 17th centures, the collection covers a broad range of moods, from the hearty 'Blow thy Horne thou Jolly Hunter' by William Cornysh to the reflective and elegiac 'Cease Mine Eyes' by Thomas Morley.
Songlist: Crist and Saint Marie, Man Mei Longe, Worlds Blis Ne Last, Jesu Cristes Milde Moder, Edi Beo Thu Hevene Quene, Sumer is Icumen In, Alleluya Psallat, Angelus Ad Virginum, Beata Progenies, Alas Departynge is Ground of Woo, Sancta Maria, Sanctus, Deo Gracias Anglia (The Agincourt Carol), Nova, nova, Nowel Syng We Bothe Al and Som, Quid Petis O Fili, With Owt Dyscorde, O My Hart, A Robyn Gentil Robyn, Blow Thy Horne Hunter, Gloria, Agnus Dei, Salvator Mundi, Susanna Fayre Sometime Assaulted Was, Emendemus in Melius, When First by Force of Fatall Destenie, About the May Pole, Leave Alas This Tormenting, Cease Mine Eyes, I Goe Before My Darling, Tosse Not My Soule, What if I Never Speede, Thus Saith My Cloris Bright, Alas What Hope of Speeding, Tan Ta Ra Ran Tan Tant, Death Hath Deprived Mee, What Shall I Part Thus, Weepe Forth Your Teares, Lord, Increase My Faith, Oken leaves, New Oysters, O Lord Turne Not Away Thy Face, Blow Thy Horne Thou Jolly Hunter, Wee Be Three Poore Mariners, He That Will An Ale-House Keep, Remember O Thou Man, Nunc Dimittis
Review: The Norman Luboff Choir became one of the leading choral groups in the world, recording a wide variety of music on more than seventy-five LPs and touring yearly from 1963 to 1987. As an educator, Mr. Luboff was in much demand, guest conducting all-state, clinic, and festival choirs of every description in the United States and abroad. Here's a wonderful collection of fun a cappella arrangements from the maestro himself.
Songlist: Baloo Lammy, Ben Franklin Sez, Black Is the Color, Go to Sleepy, Much More Ado About Nothings (Collection), Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
Review: A collection of sacred music from one of America's greatest choral directors.
Songlist: Ezekiel Saw De Wheel, Flow My Tears, The Lord's My Shepherd, The Meeting of the Waters, Psalm 150, The Proverbial Contradictions of Life (Collection), Reflections
Review: The music of Manhattan-based Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) has been performed and recorded in more than 30 countries worldwide in venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles' Disney Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Centeri, Washington DC's Kennedy Center and National Gallery, as well as the Copenhagen and Oslo Opera Houses. His music has been featured on PBS and radio stations across the US. "The Spheres" - This movement is the beginning of a Mass called Sunrise, and, according to its composer, it is to "be performed with the sense of floating in space." A fine challenge for accomplished high school choirs and beyond! The setting uses the Latin Kyrie Eleison text. "Phoenix" - Written for larger, mature choirs, Gjeilo uses the Latin "Agnus Dei" text as support for this symphonic-sounding choral work. With its beautiful color, intonation and phrasing, it is a great choice for advanced high school, college and beyond. "Northern Lights" - Set to the Latin "Pulchra es amica mea" text from Song of Solomon, this easy-to-prepare composition is a great selection for high school, church and community choirs. With music inspired by the aurora borealis atmospheric lights, this song will render a most impressive performance
Songlist: Total Pulchura Es, Northern Lights, The Spheres, Phoenix
Review: A wonderful collection of contemporary Latin American choral music selected by noted Argintian conductor and composer Oscar Escalada. "La Chaparrita " is a brisk Venezuelan folk melody and is fun to sing and includes the vocal imitation of a typical pattern played on a "cuarto". "Candomble", from Uruguay, is written in a rhythm very close to the tango and the habanera. "La Ninez De America" is based on a poem of Argentinian poet Alberto del Carril and is inspired by the Incas. "Cancion Con Todos " is a two-part song based on two different rhythms. The first part is calm and recognizes each area of the Americas with characteristic elements such as copper for Chile, sun for Peru etc. The second part is rhythmic and exultant with the hope of bringing all the peoples of Latin America to sing together!
Songlist: Cancion Con Todos, Se Equivoco La Paloma (The Dove Was Wrong), La Ninez De America, La Chaparrita , Candomble
Review: Noted Swedish composer Otto Olsson had an interest in early music and used the plainchant techniques of Gregorian chant in his Gregorianska melodier. He explored polytonality in his work, an advancement not found in other Swedish works of the time. In addition to many fine choral works, his best-known work is his setting of the Te Deum, a large piece for chorus. Here are six hymns for mixed chorus.
Songlist: Psalm 120, The Canticle of Simeon, Psalm 110, Jesus, How Fair The Thought of You, Hail, Star of the Sea, O Glorious King of Martyr Hosts
Review: A whimsical collection of original madrigals written by the maestro of classical mirth. Your ensemble will have as much fun singing them as the audience does listening.
Songlist: My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth, Four Curmudgeonly Canons, The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give, O Little Town of Hackensack, Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John, Good King Kong Looked Out, Two Hearts, Four Lips, Three Little Words
Review: Palestrina first published his 29 five-part motets, to words from King Soloman's Song of Songs, in 1583-1584 in Rome. These are most rewarding and challenging pieces for ensembles looking to add to their repertoire.
Songlist: Osculetur me, Trahe me, Nigra sum, sed formosa, Vineam meam non custodivi, Si ignoras te, Pulchrae sunt genae tuae, Fasciculus myrrhae, Ecce tu pulcer es, Tota pulchra es, Vulnerasti cor meum, Sicut lilium inter spinas, Introduxit me rex, Laeva eius, Vox dilecti mei, Surge, propera amica mea, Surge, amica mea, Dilectus meus mihi, et ego illi, Surgam et circuibo civitatem, Adiuro vos, Capet eius, Dilectus meus descendit, Puchra es, amica mea, Qua est ista, Descendi in hortum nucum, Quam pulchri sunt, Duo ubera tua, Quam pulchra es, Guttur tuum, Veni, veni dilecte mi
Review: Missa Papae Marcelli, or Pope Marcellus Mass, is Palestrina's most well-known and most often-performed mass, and is frequently taught in university courses on music. The mass is freely composed, not based upon a cantus firmus or parody. It is a six-voice mass, though the use of the full forces is reserved for specific climactic portions in the text, and voice combinations are varied throughout the piece. It is set primarily in a homorhythmic, declamatory style, with little overlapping of text and a general preference for block chords such that the text, unlike many polyphonic masses of the 16th century, can clearly be heard in performance.
Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Gloria: Qui tollis, Credo, Credo: Crucifixus, Credo: Et in spiritum sanctum, Sanctus, Sanctus: Hosanna in excelsis, Sanctus: Benedictus, Agnus Dei I & II
Review: Paris Rutherford is a regents professor in jazz studies at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas, where he coordinates vocal jazz studies and directs UNT Jazz Singers. A sought-after clinician in vocal jazz, Rutherford has over eighty vocal jazz arrangements in publication and here we have a collection of his a cappella arrangements. From the quiet beauty of the lyrics to the shimmering vocal textures, Paris Rutherford's setting of this classic Kurt Weill song "Lost In The Stars" will create a wonderful concert moment. Ideal for vocal jazz groups, madrigal ensembles and concert choirs. Jazz lovers will truly enjoy this wonderful a cappella setting of "Detour Ahead". Interesting harmony and well-crafted vocal lines makes this tune particularly enjoyable. "This Is All I Ask" is a jazz standard recorded by all the greats in a superb a cappella setting for vocal jazz and concert groups alike. Wonderful for developing blend and balance.
Songlist: I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good, Yesterdays, This Is All I Ask (Beautiful Girls Walk A Little Slower), Detour Ahead, Lost In The Stars, The Very Thought of You
Review: This very informative Madrigal Dinner kit includes a teacher's manual covering "everything" you ever wanted to know about a Madrigal Dinner. Includes organization, publicity, costuming, music, scripts, make up, staging, lighting, food service, etc. etc. Nineteen pages of repertoire and music sources are divided into categories and form perhaps the finest Madrigal Dinner list ever compiled. The kit also includes two separate and different dinner scripts, plus 24 pages of hitherto unpublished Madrigal Dinner music. A great fundraiser!
Songlist: Definition, Goals, Food Service, Dates, Place, Division of Duties, Publicity, Tickets, Seating and Programs, Script, Dramatic Direction, Make-Up, Lighting, Staging, Costumes, Types and Styles of Music, Ceremonial Music for the Royal Court, The Concert by the Royal Court, Rehearsals and Style, Repertoire Lists and Sources
Review: These canons now published for the first time document Hindemith's fondness of composing little parodistic works with a wink on certain occasions. More than 30 artistic postcard-sized works were written by the composer. In strict counterpoint, he used them to convey season's greetings, congratulations on birthdays and anniversaries, and thanks to friends, colleagues and cultural institutions. Some of these witty and entertaining pieces have been released on recordings several times, but they have not been available in printed editions yet. Our first edition now enables every choir and every small singing group to find a canon of the appropriate level of difficulty and perform it on many occasions with great success with the audience.
Songlist: 30 Kanons
Review: In print here for the first time. Choir a cappella. Hindemith composed these more than 30 artistic postcard-sized works to convey season's greetings, congratulations on birthdays and anniversaries, and thanks to friends, colleagues and cultural institutions. English text.
Songlist: The Spider's Web, Romance, Rain, Prayer For a Pilot, April Rain, Thrush Song, A Rain Song, The Sea Gypsy, Young and Old
Review: A Tender Light is a collection of new choral music by the Welsh composer Paul Mealor, including the Ubi caritas, made famous by its inclusion in the Royal Wedding Ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in April 2011. 2.5 billion people (the largest audience in broadcasting history) heard his Motet on that day and since then it has topped the Classical singles charts in the USA, UK, Australia, France and New Zealand and has already entered the standard repertoire for many choirs. For singers wanting to explore further the music of Mealor, this book also contains the luminous She Walks in Beauty, the contemplative O vos omnes and the madrigal sequence Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal. Locus iste and Ave Maria are modern yet timeless settings of well-known texts. This is a must-have collection for any mixed voice choir wanting to explore the latest and best in choral repertoire.
Songlist: She Walks in Beauty, Locus iste, Ave Maria, Ubi caritas
Review: Four madrigals on rose texts for unaccompanied SATB (with divisi). Commissioned by John Armitage Memorial and first performed by the joint choirs of the University of St. Andrews Chapel Choir, University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir and the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, conducted by Michael Bawtree.
Songlist: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Lady, When I Behold The Roses Sprouting, Upon A Bank With Roses About, A Spotless Rose
Review: Paul Mealor's setting of the Latin hymn, Ubi Caritas, was composed for the royal wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton and first performed by the Choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James' Palace, conducted by James O'Donnell, at the wedding service at Westminster Abbey.
Songlist: Ubi Caritas
Review: These settings, breathtaking in their simplicity and beauty, reflect and confirm the wide view of English music in the first half of this century: the selections, by Delius, Holst, Howells, Ireland, Vaughan Williams, and Warlock--and others--uniquely give the choral sound and the imagery of nature. English Pastoral Partsongs nicely compliments other Oxford secular choral anthologies: English Romantic Partsongs, The English Glee, and English Madrigals.
Songlist: My Spirit Sang All Day, I Praise The Tender Flower, Haste On, My Joys!, In The Wilderness, The Splendour Falls n he Castle Walls, To Daffodils, Devotion, How Can The Heart Forget Her?, This I Have Done For My True Love, Dream Tryst, The Scribe, The Hills, Love Is A Sickness, O Mistress Mine, Three Shakespeare Songs, Full Fathom Five, The Cloud-Capp'd Towers, Over Hill, Over Dale, Silence And Music, Soft Music, The Spring Of The Year
Review: Highly regarded Danish composer and choral conductor Per Skiver composed these delightful songs of the sea based on the lyrics of four famous poets. English text for mixed choir a cappella.
Songlist: Break, Break, Break, There Comes A Mumur, At Dover Cliffs, Dreams of the Sea
Review: In the period between the deaths of Handel and Mendelssohn, the glee was the vehicle by which secular part-singing was carried in England. The form is descended from the madrigal, with texts chosen partly in reaction against the vulgarity of the catch. This new history of the glee begins with an introductory essay detailing the form's historical, musical, and social context. Young has selected twenty-six settings, mainly in four parts but with examples in three and five parts, to show the breadth of the glee in its heyday. A unique feature of the form, and of this collection, is the high literary quality of the text and the high musical quality of the settings. This fine new volume is an essential addition to the choral repertory, and is uniform with the other indispensable Oxford classic choral collections: English Romantic Partsongs, The Oxford Book of English Madrigals, The Oxford Book of French Chansons, The Oxford Book of Italian Madrigals, and The Catch Book.
Songlist: The Love Rapture, Death's Final Conquest, The Rose, The Poor Soul Sat Sighing, Thyrsis, When He Left Me, Hark, The Lark, Susanna And The Two Elders, Long May Live My Lovely Hetty, Lady Anne Bothwell's Lament, Ring Out Ye Crystal Spheres, The Nightingale, Take, O Take Those Lips Away, Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount, O Poesy, Here In Cool Grot, Hail! Hallow'd Fane!, Elegy For Cymbeline, Poor Barbara, Merrily Push Round The Glass , Ring Out Ye Crystal Spheres, Under The Greenwood Tree, Hail! Smiling Mourn, Doubt Thou The Stars Are Fire, Ye Spotted Snakes, When From The Skies Divine Cecilia Came, Divine Cecilia
Review: Around the turn of the 17th century of small group of Italian noblemen and composers, seeking to re-create classic Greek tragedy as they understood it. invented the opera. A somewhat earlier, simpler, and less revolutionary form of musical storytelling was the madrigal opera or madrigal comedy developed by Vecchi and other composers. These works, which were not necessarily staged, consisted of a series of madrigals that told a comic story; unlike opera as we have come to know it, however, this was basically choral form, with vocal ensemble playing the part of a narrator as well as that of each individual character. Go For Broke is patterned on this model. It consists of six madrigals, that tell the story of a man who find out that good luck is not enough. Sometimes the chorus' words are those of a narrator (Prologue: "Here's John Q. Public..."), and sometimes they are those of our hero himself, or his friend the bartender, or the host of people who descend upon him when good fortune strikes (the middle numbers: Taxes, Charity, and Company at the Bar). The Finale even has a moral. The piece may be done as a concert work or it may be staged in a variety of ways. Although some of the sections may, at the discretion of the performing group, employ solo voices, GO FOR BROKE is basically a story told by a chorus.
Songlist: Prologue, Taxes, Charity, Kin, Company at the Bar, Finale
Review: Here's a collection from vocal jazz guru Phil Mattson. "Love For Sale" was written for Chanticleer in a gospel a cappella feeling featuring a female solo. "Dancing In The Dark" was arranged for the Swedish vocal jazz ensemble, The Real Group. It is written in an a cappella bossa nova groove with some quasi-funk sections. The arrangement, which treats text as a metaphor for human life, features vocal percussion opportunities. The classic Manhattan Transfer arrangement of "Body and Soul" includes lyrics about Coleman Hawkins and jazz singer Eddie Jefferson. "Love Lost" - An original piece by the Four Freshmen that was the title song from their beautiful album with strings. Has opportunities to feature both vocal and instrumental solos. SATB with rhythm section. "You Must Believe In Spring" - A lovely text beautifully set to music by Michel LeGrand with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, featuring spots for three short solos. One of the most profound lyrics over the last fifteen years. With piano.
Songlist: Dancing In The Dark, Love For Sale, Body And Soul, Love Lost, You Must Believe In Spring
Review: Philip Glass has consistently written for choruses throughout his career including major operas (Satyagraha, The Voyage) and large orchestral works (symphonies Nos. 5 & 7, Passion of Ramakrishna). However, Three Songs is unique as the composer's only a cappella choral work.
Songlist: A Clear Midnight, Haze Gold, Spring Grass
Review: In 'For The Beauty of the Earth,' such beautiful words deserve to be set to equally beautiful music, and here the textures unfold and the piece blossoms from bar one to the end. Starting in two parts and organically growing to seven, the music is designed to lift the hearts of all that perform and hear it. A new work for a new day. Famously set to music by Thomas Tallis, and taking words from the gospel of John, 'If Ye Love Me' is a fresh attempt at this famous passage of scripture. Rich harmonies will resonate in your performance space, enveloping your listeners with a tapestry of sound. The famous text of 'Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day' receives a madrigal-like setting with vibrant mixed meters and colorful vocal textures. Excellent for chamber groups and a cappella programs, this fascinating and rewarding work will surely delight! A new and simple arrangement of the famous prayer"God Be in My Head" joins the existing repertoire with rich harmony and strong melodic line. "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" - soft, expressive and thought provoking phrasing shape this lovely setting for unaccompanied voices. With an interesting use of the 5/8 time signature, the melody flows endlessly and effortlessly.
Songlist: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, If Ye Love Me, For the Beauty of the Earth, Jesus Christ, The Apple Tree, God Be In My Head
Review: An original and exciting collection of anthems and other choral pieces written for the Orthodox Church and inspired by the Church in Russia, selected by Ralph Allwood. Partly because of the re-emergence of the Church in the former Soviet Union, interest in Christian musical sources alternative to the great body of the Anglican and other Western Christian traditions has grown sharply in recent years. Though the works presented here may be unfamiliar, they are all masterly. Designed to appeal to choirs of various levels, the collection includes a Kontakion and Ikos for the funeral service, anthems by Great Russian Romantics: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Grechaninov; and composers from our age: Stravinsky, Schnittke, or Arvo Part speaking for a tradition outside the Orthodox Church, as well as settings of the Lord's Prayer in both Russian and English by John Tavener.
Songlist: Let My Prayer Arise, The Cherubic Hymn, We sing to Thee, Mother of God and Virgen, Blessed is the Man, The Cherubic Hymn, Come, Let Us Worship, Concerto for Mixed Chorus, Movement IV, Pater Noster, The Lord's Prayer, a. and b., The Cherubic Hymn, How Blessed Are They That Are Chosen by Thee, The Lord's Prayer, O Praise Him, We Sing to Thee, When Jesus Christ Was Yet a Child, Kontakion and Ikos for the Funeral Service
Review: Here's a collection from the great English composer of his original arrangements of three Shakespeare songs, two from "The Tempest" and one from "Midsummer Night's Dream". These are classics!
Songlist: Full Fathom Five , The Cloud Capp'd Towers, Overhill, over Dale
Review: Since that day in 1940, 'Alleluia' this classic of classics has become one of the nation's most-often performed choral works. Rare is the church, school, community, or professional choir that has not sung it. The masterful construction and simplicity of text (Alleluia, Amen) make the Alleluia suitable for almost any choir for almost any occasion. 'The Gate of Heaven' Composed for the dedication of the Jessie Ball duPont Chapel, Hollins College, Virginia, 1959. It is particularly suitable for the dedication of religious buildings. The Eternal Dove was composed in 1968 to honor Harvard University Professor G. Wallace Woodworth. It is closely related to the composer's Mass of the Holy Spirit of which Dr. Woodworth gave the first complete performance. 'Fare Well' was written for performance by the combined high scholl choirs of Calhoun, Kennedy, and Mepham, New York, in 1973. The three-stanza poem by Walter De La Mare (1873-1956) closes with, "Look thy last on all things lovely, / Every hour. Let no night / Seal thy sense in deathly slumber / Till to delight / Thou have paid thy utmost blessing; Since that all things wouldst praise / Beauty took from those who loved them / In other days." 'Bitter Sweet' was first performed by the choir of the Church of the Incarnation, New York City, on Oct. 25, 1970, under the direction of Thomas Dunn, who first called Thompson's attention to George Herbert's poignant and profoundly religious poem.
Songlist: The Eternal Dove, Fare Well, The Gate Of Heaven, Bitter - Sweet , Alleluia
Review: This communion service, though appropriate for any season of the Church year, was designed especially for use at Whitsuntide. It can also serve very effectively as concert repertoire, either in its entirety or excerpted. The movements are in English (except for the Kyrie).
Songlist: Kyrie , Gloria , Credo, Sanctus , Benedictus , Hosanna , Agnus Dei
Review: "There Will Never Be Another You " is a sensitive treatment of the jazz standard that opens as a ballad before moving to a buoyant swing feel. Great tune, great arrangement. SATB a cappella with soprano solo. "Come Sunday" - Careful voice leading makes the contemporary harmonic changes and chord voicings in this chart quite accessible in this SSATBB a cappella arrangement. It features a strong 5 and 6 part into featuring the first chorus with a pyramid background behind a soprano melody moving into spread harmonies. The second chorus is open for a improvised solo with a tag over a 3-part harmonized background with walking bass. The chart ends with a 6-way harmonized "quasi-shout" chorus moving back into the origianl melody. Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" never had it so good in this marvelous Edenroth arrangement.
Songlist: There Will Never Be Another You , Come Sunday, Sir Duke, Very Early
Review: Rebecca Clarke is considered by many commentators to be one of the most important British composers in the interwar period and has been described as the most distinguished British female composer of her generation. Best known for her chamber music featuring the viola she also composed many choral pieces, a great deal of which were never published. Thanks to the recent efforts of The Rebecca Clarke Society, based out of the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, there is a renewed interest in her work. This is a collection of newly published arrangements for unaccompanied mixed chorus that clearly demonstrate why her work was recognized for its compositional skill.
Songlist: Come, Oh Come, My Life's Delight, A Lover's Dirge, Music, When Soft Voices Die, My Spirit Like A Charmed Boat Doth Float, Philomela, Weep You No More, Sad Fountains, When Cats Run Home and Light is Come
Review: A superb collection of sixteen works by the greatest nineteenth-century German and Austrian composers for choir, compiled and edited by Ralph Allwood. This volume includes works by Reger, Wagner, Rheinberger, Wolf and Schubert.
Songlist: Abendlied, op.39, no. 2, O Tod, wie bitter bist du, Op.110, no. 3, Abendlied, Op. 69, no.3, Anima nostra (Unsere Seele 0, Op. 113, no. 1, Eripe me (Rette mich, Herr), Op. 140, no. 3, Laudate Dominum (Lobpriest Gott den Herrn), Op. 133, no. 3, Meditabor (Denken will ich), Op.133, no. 2, Morgenlied, Op. 69, no. 1, Tribulationes (Lieden und Berdrangnis), Op. 140, no. 1, An die Musik, D. 547, Litanei auf das Fest Allerseelen, D. 343, Zum Sanctus, D. 872, An Webers Grabe, WWV 72, Aufblick, Ergebung, Letzte Bitte
Review: This compilation contains six, delightful compositions by Rene Clausen for the express enjoyment of your mixed-voice group. "The Early Bird" is a tone poem that lets out all the stops, presenting a wonderful adventure for the advanced choir. "Song at Dusk" is much like a vocal tone poem, in how the soaring melodies dramatically illuminate the poem (by Leigh Haynes). "Plenty Good Room" is guaranteed to bring down the house, swinging with classy, jazz element including a scat solo. "Alleluia" is a dramatic piece containging marvelous harmonic build-up and a sensitive ending. "In the Bleak Midwinter" is a composition based on a poem by Christina Rossetti that was originally a Christmas poem expressing her piety and love for the beauty of nature. "Canticle of Praise" was originally written for the King's Singers (a 6-man ensemble) and the Morman Tabernacle Choir, however, this publication is the version re-scored by the Clausen for performance by his Concordia Choir.
Songlist: The Early Bird, Song at Dusk, Plenty Good Room, Alleluia, In the Bleak Midwinter, Canticle of Praise
Review: Eleven superb arrangements of classic and lesser-known spirituals covering a wide range of styles and moods, from simple four-part settings to extended eight-part compositions. These stunning settings can be performed as a set or individually, and are ideal choices for concerts, festivals, or even as surprising encores! A cappella with rehearsal keyboard.
Songlist: Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?, Go Down in De Lonesome Valley, Walk Together, Children, Go Down, Moses, Were You There?, Gonna Set Downan' Rest, Don't You Weep When I am Gone, Scandalize' My Name, Steal Away, 'Tis Me, O Lord, Give Me Jesus
Review: Each year, thousands of Southern Gospel Music fans select their favorite songs during the annual "Fan Award" balloting process sponsored by Singing News Magazine. The songs in this collection are chosen from the Top Ten songs of each year's Fan Award balloting, consequently, they are the "best of the best" in Southern Gospel Music. These choir-friendly songs, skillfully arranged by Richard Kingsmore, are already proven winners because of their singable melodies and powerful messages.
Songlist: Lord, Lead Me Home, Monuments, Can I Pray For You?, Do You Want To Be Forgiven?, His Life For Mine, Paid In Full Through Jesus Amen, I Know I'm Going There, Once Upon a Cross, It's Jesus, New Day Dawning
Review: As one of Britain's most respected and versatile musicians, Bennett has produced over two hundred works for the concert hall, and fifty scores for film and television, as well as having been a writer and performer of jazz songs for fifty years. Studies with Boulez in the 1950s immersed him in the techniques of the European avant-garde, though he subsequently developed his own distinctive dramato-abstract style. Sacred and secular texts, showing the range of the composer's choral writing skill, from carols and liturgical settings to Shakespeare and Lear. Arranged for unaccompanied voices, which choirs of differing abilities will find accessible, delightful and involving performance material.
Songlist: The Sorrow of Mary, Puer Nobis, Lullay mine Liking, Spell of Sleep, Nowel, Full Fathom Five, Gloria, The Seasons of His Mercies, Calico Pie, A Contemplation upon Flowers
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