In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
A collection of SSAA and SSA a cappella sheet music arrangements for female voices. Vocal harmony arrangements for female singing groups.
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Review: Remember the scene in Pitch Perfect where Beca first teaches the Barden Bellas how to sing a mashup? This is that exact arrangement of "Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream " from the movie, distilled into 4-part harmony plus duet. Vocal percussion optional. "Cups" is the irresistible break-out hit by Anna Kendrick from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack 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. "Bellas Finals" - Perhaps the biggest a cappella moment in modern cinema, the Barden Bellas win the ICCAs with this exact full-length arrangement from the movie Pitch Perfect, distilled into 4-part harmony plus solo. Vocal percussion optional.
Songlist: Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream , Bellas Finals, Since U Been Gone, Party in the U.S.A., Cups
Review: "Feel the Earth Move" is one of rock's most iconic women's songs (from Carole King's Tapestry), this pulsing, rhythmic arrangement incorporates elements of doo-wop and contemporary a cappella beneath a barn-burning solo. Vocal or other percussion optional. The Beatles greatest modern folk/pop song "Blackbird" is finally available for SSA groups, with the melody moving between vocal parts and interspersed elements of counterpoint and 3-part harmony. The number #1 song from the Footloose soundtrack "Holding Out For A Hero", sung by Bonnie Tyler, was one of the biggest songs of the 1980s. Bombastic and fun, it's a great feature for a female soloist, and makes a great show closer or encore. he Andrew Sisters had a hit in 1947 with the lighthearted, playful ditty "Too Fat Polka" that's more relevant now than ever!
Songlist: Holding Out For A Hero, Too Fat Polka, I Feel the Earth Move, Blackbird
Review: Let the Women Sing! is a new reproducible collection of chorals for soprano and alto voices and is the follow-up to the best-selling collection Let the Men Sing! Folk songs, holiday music, spirituals, inspirational songs, and patriotic themes fill this nine-song collection. This budget-stretching kit includes an enhanced CD-ROM with accompaniment and performance tracks, information about the composer, as well as reproducible vocal parts and instrument pages. Whether you have 10 or 100 female singers, this must-have collection will keep you on budget while supplying your program with excellent choral literature for your young female singers for many years to come.
Songlist: Danny Boy , Keep On Following The Star , A Merry Christmas Medley, Music's Echo, Rock Me To Sleep, Skye Boat Song, The Star Spangled Banner, Swing Down, Chariot!, Think On Me
Review: Billy Joel's pop hit from 1983 "The Longest Time" is a perennial favorite and evokes an even earlier time in America's pop history. From 1973, the pop hit "Shambala" by Three Dog Night is a buoyant song full of tasty harmonies and a warm gospel groove that will infuse your concert with the hopefulness and joy. This "vocals only" edition will be especially effective for choirs of all types! The intimacy and directness of a cappella singing create a special emotional atmosphere in this tender setting of the Grammy award-winning pop hit "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton. You will create a magical concert moment with the gentle guitar-style accompaniment recreated by the vocals and the heartfelt lyrics. The #1 hit from 1967 "Groovin'" by the Young Rascals in a smooth vocals-only setting perfectly captures the relaxed slow groove of the song with an easy vocal accompaniment and a irresistible solo.
Songlist: The Longest Time, Shambala, Tears In Heaven, Groovin'
Review: The 2 CDs that come with this Music Minus One vocals pack feature complete versions with example vocals, plus separate background tracks. Songs featured in this pack inspired by singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth include: Going to the Dance with You - How Long Has This Been Going On? - If You Hadn't But You Did - My Funny Valentine - Nobody Else But Me - Taylor the Latte Boy - You'll Never Know - and more.
Songlist: If You Hadn't But You Did, How Long Has This Been Going On?, My Funny Valentine, Hangin' Around With You, The Girl in 14G, I'll Tell The Man in the Street, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Nobody Else But Me, Nobody's Heart Belongs to Me/ Why Can't I, Going to Dance With You, You'll Never Know, Taylor the Latte Boy, ,
Review: Burt Bacharach and Hal David's powerful ballad "A House Is Not a Home" was made famous by Dionne Warwick and recently showcased on Glee. Vocally challenging and full of deep emotion, this setting offers rich rewards for concert and pop groups. Now in an exciting a cappella setting of "Seize the Day". the showstopper from the award-winning composer Alan Menken, was featured in the Disney film and Broadway musical Newsies. It begins with a compelling chorale-like opening and then explodes into rhythm that encourages us all to "seize the day!." Surely one of the greatest songs of all time, "With a Song in My Heart" the Rodgers & Hart's classic romantic ballad, will produce warm smiles all around as you luxuriate in the lush harmonies of this superb a cappella arrangement. The beautiful song "It Only Takes a Moment" from Hello Dolly in a lush a cappella ballad setting! With heartfelt lyrics, rubato phrases, and rich choral harmonies, this will be a wonderful feature for jazz, pop and concert choirs.
Songlist: A House Is Not a Home, It Only Takes a Moment, Seize the Day, With a Song in My Heart
Review: One of the most successful pop acts of all time, ABBA first shot to fame in 1974 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Waterloo'. The three songs in this volume are among the best-known of all ABBA's many hits: 'Mamma Mia!' the title song to the popular musical; the poignant 'Super Trouper' with its reflections on some of the trials tribulations of life on the road; and 'Money, money, money' with its chromatic twists and catchy interludes. So dig out your platform shoes, dust down your flares and hit the concert platform with this collection of timeless chart-toppers from ABBA. If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Choral Basics - the perfect series for singers of all ages. These simple 2-part choral arrangements for soprano and alto voices make the series perfect for choirs. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with singers of all ages, and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration. Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills. Choral Basics are great value for money providing a contrasted set of arrangements for any concert.
Songlist: Mamma Mia, Super Trouper, Money, Money, Money
Review: Another three timeless classics from one of the most successful pop acts of all time featuring Thank You For The Music, Fernando and their 1974 smash hit Waterloo. So dig out your platform shoes, dust down your flares and hit the concert platform with this collection of timeless chart-toppers from ABBA. If you are looking for straightforward and rewarding repertoire for your beginner choir, then you need look no further than Choral Basics - the perfect series for singers of all ages. These simple 2-part choral arrangements for soprano and alto voices make the series perfect for choirs. The rich array of repertoire is bound to be a hit with singers of all ages, and the technical abilities of choirs at this level have been taken into consideration.Straightforward and idiomatic piano accompaniments have been included and are designed to support the vocal lines, without putting pressure on staff with less developed keyboard skills.
Songlist: Thank You For The Music, Fernando, Waterloo
Review: Adele is currently the most acclaimed female singer of the era and her songs are hits worldwide. Have your choir singing the latest hit music. From her second album 21 and also performed by Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee "Turning Tables" has a piano accompaniment that is almost classical in approach, the reflective vocals express emotion of deep melancholy tinged with hopefulness. "Someone Like You" opens with a single voice on the opening verse, the vocal textures gradually build into a full-voiced chorus that expresses the emotional message of the song. Ideal for all types of choral ensembles! "Rolling in the Deep" can be performed a cappella, as in the GLEE version, or with the bluesy, soulful accompaniment. The all-girl Troubletones sing a phenomenal mash-up of two Adele hits in Season Three. Alternating between the aggressive "Rumour Has It" and a more accepting "Someone Like You," this epic pairing offers solo opportunities and powerful vocal backups. A fantastic SSA feature!
Songlist: Turning Tables, Someone Like You, Rolling in the Deep, Rumour Has It / Someone Like You
Review: The Sing with the Choir series lets vocalists sing in a choir of professionals, with 4-part arrangements included to suit any voice range. This volume features beloved songs from this ever-popular musical, including: At the End of the Day; Bring Him Home; Castle on a Cloud; Do You Hear the People Sing?; Finale; I Dreamed a Dream; On My Own; One Day More.
Songlist: At The End Of The Day, Bring Him Home, Castle On A Cloud, Do You Hear The People Sing?, Finale, I Dreamed A Dream, On My Own, One Day More
Style: Show Tunes
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: Widely recognized as one of the top educational choral writers today, Audrey composes music with rare beauty, simplicity and charm. She is a highly regarded educator, clinician, editor and producer. Thebuoyant a cappella SSA work "Welcome The New Day" is ideal for contest and other spring performances. Well-crafted part writing makes this an accessible choice for developing ensembles. The joyful new work "A New Day" is an excellent contest and concert piece. Well-crafted part writing makes this a fine choice for developing tuning, phrasing and choral style.
Songlist: Welcome The New Day, A New Day, Cantate
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: This terrific collection in our Note-for-Note Vocal Transcriptions series features 12 Beatles classics, with vocal parts transcribed exactly as they were recorded, including lead, harmony and background parts, and all vocal inflections, plus a keyboard reduction of the instrumental parts and chord labels.
Songlist: Because, Day Tripper, Drive My Car, Good Day Sunshine, In My Life, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, This Boy, Ticket To Ride, With A Little Help From My Friends, You Won't See Me
Review: A collection from the great Hungarian composer for upper voices. Twenty seven arrangements ranging from easy to difficult.
Songlist: Tavasz, Ne hagyj itt!, Joszag-igezo, Level az otthoniakhoz, Jatek, Leanynezo, Hejja, hejja, karahejja!, Ne menj el!, Van egy gyurum, karika, Senkim a vilagon, Ciposutes, Huszarnota, Resteknek notaja, Bolyongas, Leanycsufolo, Legenycsufolo, Mihalynapi koszonto, Leanykero, Keserves, Madardal, Csujogato, Banat, Ne lattalak volna, Elment a madarka, Parnas tancdal, Kanon, Isten veled!
Review: "Many people think it is a comparatively easy task to write a composition on found folk tunes... This way of thinking is completely erroneous. To handle folk tunes is one of the most difficult tasks; equally difficult, if not more so, than to write a major original composition. If we keep in mind that borrowing a tune means being bound by its individual peculiarity, we shall understand one part of the difficulty. Another is created by the special character of folk tune. We must penetrate it, feel it, and bring out its sharp contours by the appropriate setting... It must be a work of inspiration just as much as any other composition." - Bela Bartok
Songlist: Mocking of Youth - from Four Women's Choruses, Spring, The Wooing of a Girl, Enchanting 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: Betty Bertaux, founder/director of the Children's Chorus of Maryland, is regarded as an authority on vocal and musical development in children. A former faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Holy Names College in Oakland, California, she has been professionally active for over 40 years, working with music students of all ages. Dr. Bertaux is internationally recognized and often engaged as a guest conductor and workshop clinician with children's choruses and choral conferences. Currently serving as an adjunct professor for VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Dr. Bertaux is also internationally established and frequently commissioned as a composer and arranger of music for treble choirs.
Songlist: I'll Give My Love An Apple, Nachtlied, Before Rain, Shady Grove, Wondrous Love, A Cloud
Review: Betty Bertaux, founder/director of the Children's Chorus of Maryland, is regarded as an authority on vocal and musical development in children. A former faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Holy Names College in Oakland, California, she has been professionally active for over 40 years, working with music students of all ages. Dr. Bertaux is internationally recognized and often engaged as a guest conductor and workshop clinician with children's choruses and choral conferences. Here are three songs that will be fun for singers and audience alike!
Songlist: Unborn Baby, Gone For Good, An Apple With Its Seeds
Review: This exciting and accessible collection for upper voices (scored for SA choir and piano) features five brand-new songs by celebrated choral composer Bob Chilcott. Drawing on five very different texts, Chilcott guides the voices through a number of styles and moods; the songs include the rousing 'All for Love of One', gentle 'The Truth is Great', and thought-provoking 'All things pass'. The central song, 'Circles of Motion', is a fervent and positive setting of Joy Harjo's well-known 'Eagle Poem', and the collection is completed by the funky 'Red Boots On', which uses jazzy rhythms and harmonies to bring Kit Wright's text alive. This is Chilcott at his very best - a welcome addition to the repertoire of any upper-voice choir.
Songlist: All For Love of One, The Truth Is Great, Circles of Motion, All Things Pass, Red Boots On
Review: Following the success of the mixed-voice edition of Furusato, Bob Chilcott has adapted his arrangements of five evocative Japanese songs for upper voices. Each poem depicts the beauty of the Japanese landscape, and familiar melodies combine with Chilcott's original style to create an enchanting fusion of East and West. Suitable for performance as a suite or as stand-alone pieces, these charming and emotive songs will be a welcome addition to the repertoire of any upper-voice choir.
Songlist: Sunayama, Mura Matsuri , Oborozukiyo, Furusato, Momiji
Review: This vibrant collection presents five jazzy settings of poems from William Blake's Songs of Innocence. Chilcott challenges the expectation of the listener by setting each classic text in a different jazz-inspired style-from the laid-back swing of 'The Echoing Green' and ballad-like setting of 'The Lamb' to a lilting jazz waltz, 'The Little Boy Lost/The Little Boy Found'. The voices are underpinned by a stylistic piano part, which may be played as written or serve as a guide, and a part for bass and drum kit is available separately for jazz trio accompaniment. Ideal for performance individually or as a suite, these innovative songs will make a colourful addition to any concert programme.
Songlist: Piping down the valleys wild , The Lamb, The Little Boy Lost/The Little Boy Found , The Echoing Green , The Divine Image
Review: Word Music has provided solid resources for women's ensembles and choruses for years. How many times have you worked with your ladies' ensemble out of "that Green book that Word did?" This new collection, Worship from the Heart . . . for Women's Voices continues that great tradition and at the same time breaks new ground. Camp Kirkland has compiled a fabulous collection of songs for women's choir. We were careful to include a wide variety of titles that you can use for almost every occasion. From non-seasonal praise and worship, to Christmas and Easter, these arrangements feature contemporary standards, hymn classics and other new favorites.
Songlist: Grace Alone, Nobody Fills My Heart Like Jesus, Jesus, We Crown You with Praise, You Are My All in All, It Is Good, How Deep the Father's Love for Us, Love Is the More Excellent Way, Our Great Savior, Dying to Reach You, What a Faithful God, Wonderful Grace of Jesus, Beautiful Baby, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Send Me, O the Blood of Jesus, Nothing But the Blood, There Is a Fountain, In the Manger, He's Been Faithful
Review: Ever Ever After - "Storybook endings, fairy tales coming true" - this song from the Disney film Enchanted as performed by Carrie Underwood makes us all believe it could be so! A great choice for pop and groups alike, your singers will want to sing it again and again. All-American Girl was a hit on both the Billboard Country and Hot 100 charts this endearing song tells the story of a "sweet little beautiful, wonderful, perfect All-American Girl" and makes a wonderful feature for end-of-the-year programs! Inside Your Heaven - For the first time in history the same song, recorded by a different artist, succeeded itself at the top of the charts. American Idol's Carrie Underwood and Bo Bice shared in that success with this recent hit. Piano accompaniment.
Songlist: All-American Girl, So Small, Inside Your Heaven, Ever Ever After
Review: After multiple world tours and more than six million albums sold, superstar ensemble Celtic Woman presents the official songbook edition of their seventh studio album, Believe. Produced by Alfred Music, the arrangements in this folio are modeled as closely to the original recordings as possible, which allows music makers to bring the songs to life as they're accustomed to hearing them. In addition to the vocal parts and piano accompaniment, key violin parts are notated on their own staff where appropriate, and chord fingering grids are provided for optional guitar accompaniment.
Songlist: Awakening, Nocturne , Sailing, The Fox Hunter, The Water Is Wide, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Black Is the Colour, Follow On, Ave Maria, Teir Abhaile Riu, You'll Never Walk Alone, A Spaceman Came Traveling, Songs from the Heart: Walking the Night / The World Falls Away, A Woman's Heart, The Parting Glass, Smile, Green Grow the Rushes
Style: World / Folk
Review: This collection was devised in celebration of the fantastic, sequin-encrusted world that was the 1970s. Not only well-written songs in their own right, full of musical nuance, pacing and drama, these are also some of the most well-known recordings in popular music - and great fun! The Bee Gees 1979 hit Tragedy, is a sophisticated piece of pop music, with carefully thought-out melodies, key changes and dynamics. The Weather Girls 1982 hit of It's Raining Men is a big-voice number and an enduring comp classic. Y.M.C.A. was also a 1979 hit, and performed by the novelty group, Village People. This arrangement is features a percussion breakdown and some textural effects to create a more substantial concert closer or encore. With piano.
Songlist: Tragedy, It's Raining Men, Y.M.C.A.
Review: Frank Sinatra was a showbiz legend - famous not just for singing but also for acting, appearing in over 50 films, winning an Academy Award for his portrayal of Maggio in From Here to Eternity. This collection represents three of his most popular and iconic hits. "I've Got You Under My Skin" was written by Cole Porter. It became a signature song for Sinatra and was one of the most requested songs at his concerts. "The Lady is a Tramp" has become a stand-alone classic for many, not least Sinatra. Recorded in 1979, Sinatra's version of the "Theme from New York, New York" became one of his most popular closers. With piano.
Songlist: I've Got You Under My Skin, The Lady Is A Tramp, Theme from New York, New York
Review: As a Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, a prolific composer and recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chen Yi blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries. This is a collection of her works for unaccompanied treble voices including Chinese Mountain Songs commission for Kitka by commissioning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Songlist: Chinese Mountain Songs, Looking at the Sea, With Flowers Blooming, When Will the Scholartree Blossom?, A Ma Lei A Ho, Gathering in the Naked Oats, Mt' Wuzhi, Ga Da Mei Lin
Review: "The A Cappella Singer" books, of which this is the second, are designed to bring much of this music in most engaging variety and excellence into schools, colleges, universities, clubs, communities and homes. While the other books in this series are designed for either the male or female voice, this book is designed for a mix of both, containing Madrigals and Ayres with all their grace, wit and lyrical charm; the ineffably lovely and truly religious music of Bach, Brahms and other composers nearer our own times; and fine arrangements of folk songs: this is an endlessly rich field containing most of the best choral music in the world.
Songlist: Now is the month of Maying , Sing we and chant it , Adieu, sweet Amarillis, Weep, O mine eyes, On the plains, Fairy trains , The Nightingale , Strike it up, Tabo, The Silver Swan , With dropping wings, ye Cupids come , Charm me asleep, Radient stars, above the mountains glowing , The Old Woman and the Pedlar , Come, lasses and lads , 'Tween the mount and deep, deep vale , The Beetle's Wedding , Tiritomba, Touro-louro-louro!, In dulci jubilo, Rejoice, ye Christian men, rejoice , The Slumber of the Infant Jesus , Jesu! Rex admirabilis , Adoramus te, Christe, Tanquam agnus , Vere languores nostros , Lo, a voice to heaven sounding , An angel said to Mary , Christ the Lord hath risen, O filii et filiae
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: Generally recognized as the father of the Neo-Romantic movement in music, David Del Tredici has received numerous awards (including the Pulitzer Prize) and has been commissioned and performed by nearly every major American and European orchestral ensemble. "Del Tredici," said Aaron Copland, "is that rare find among composers - a creator with a truly original gift. I venture to say that his music is certain to make a lasting impression on the American musical scene. I know of no other composer of his generation who composes music of greater freshness and daring, or with more personality." From Del Tredici's Program notes: "In this traumatic post-9/11 world, I felt an urge to connect with, and even comfort, the youngest generation of budding musicians. Heart and felt are two words that directed my choice of texts: I wanted to tell something about myself, as well as about the joys of childhood ... Stevenson's "The Little Land" re-creates the imaginitive world that to daydreaming children seems so natural." David Del Tredici writes: "My setting of the 1727 New England Primer's "Alphabet" might horrify its Puritan author by transforming its simple text into an exuberant tour de force. Its 26 couplets tumble upon one another in tight three-part counterpoint, testing the young performers' range and endurance alike."
Songlist: Alphabet (Fuga), Sabbath's Child, The Little Land
Review: Written in 1854, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair was dedicated to composer Stephen Foster's wife, Jane McDowall. The opening lyrics, "I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair," are said to have inspired the popular 1960s sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie. Sweet and lilting, this whimsical piece is arranged for soprano and alto voices.
Songlist: Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, Nelly Bly, Oh! Susanna
Review: FUN (and challenging) contemporary songs for women's voices! Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" is set for solo and four background parts, as is "My Lovin'." "Walking On Sunshine" is written for solo plus three background parts, while the others are written for 4 parts.
Songlist: Always Be My Baby, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, My Lovin', Turn The Beat Around, Walking On Sunshine
Review: A selection of standards arranged by Deke Sharon and Anne Raugh from the popular CASA songbook series. Women's arrangements - especially interesting ones - are in very short supply. That's why we're very pleased to offer this songbook. Many old standards are here, plus there are a few more challenging contemporary pieces.
Songlist: A Natural Woman, It's My Party, Leader of the Pack, Lollipop, Mister Sandman, O Canada!, One Fine Day, Sweet Dreams, The Boy from New York City, The Star Spangled Banner
Review: Deke Sharon has become one of the leading arranger of "contemporary" a cappella and here is a fine collection of classic pop songs. "Dancing Queen" - ABBA is back, so get some dancing shoes for your choir! Upbeat, infectious and fun, this arrangement will bring energy to singers and get audiences dancing in the aisles. "Killing Me Softly With His Song" was popularized by Roberta Flack in the 1970s, updated by the Fugees and Lauryn Hill in the 90s, this song connects with many generations. This arrangement provides a terrific vehicle to show off the talents of a sensitive female soloist. The modern day classic "True Colors" has been a huge hit for both Cyndi Lauper and Phil Collins. Now it's your turn! "Good Old A Cappella" was first performed by The Persuasions and popularized by The Nylons, this tune has been sung by countless contemporary a cappella groups. Originally from the collection Contemporary A Cappella Volume 1, now for treble voices too! "God Only Knows" with music by Brian Wilson, made popular by The Beach Boys in the '60s, this arrangement for women's choirs is a great one to feature your soprano soloist or section. "Hallelujah" - From the Dreamworks animated feature film "Shrek" comes this sweet and poignant Leonard Cohen hit, scored here for your women's group.
Songlist: Dancing Queen, Killing Me Softly With His Song, True Colors, Good Old A Cappella, God Only Knows, Hallelujah
Review: "Fields of Gold" - If it wasn't written by Sting, this haunting melody could easily be a traditional English fold song. The melody moves through all four women's parts, with the background texture changing in each verse, ranging from arpeggiated polyphony to warm close harmony. "Here Comes the Sun" - Perfect for a spring concert, this bright Beatles classic features rich harmonies and light arpeggiated textures resulting in a warm sound without being too complex. The melody is in the Soprano 1 line, allowing either a group or individual solo. "Mama I'm A Big Girl Now" - This playful song from Hairspray brings the sound of the early 1960's to life with a universal theme. The many verses can be sung by different soloists. "Songbird" - Based on the Eva Cassidy recording, this honest, emotional ballad features light arpeggiated textures and soaring harmonies supporting a gorgeous, heartfelt soprano melody with occasional duet/trio lines. "When I'm Sixty-Four" - Playful, sweet, melodic... this arrangement brings out all of the best elements of this Beatles ditty, with the melody bouncing between the various voices. When your singers are sixty-four, they'll still be humming along to this timeless classic!
Songlist: Fields of Gold, Here Comes the Sun, Mama I'm A Big Girl Now, Songbird, When I'm Sixty-Four
Review: "Time After Time" - A modern classic, this Cyndi Lauper ballad is perfect for an intermediate women's ensemble, ready to tackle gentle arpeggiations and delicate parallel harmonies. "Heart of Glass" - A powerful soprano solo sits atop your SATB band as the groove their way through this Blondie classic. A great way to introduce your singers to modern polyrhythms and non-standard syllables in a format that's easy for them to understand and internalize. "I Can't Make You Love Me" - With rich harmonies, delicate arpeggiations and a soaring, heartfelt melody, this showstopping Bonnie Raitt ballad makes a perfect penultimate number. "Imagine" - This simple, sweet setting of John Lennon's song of hope features a soprano soloist. Perfect for a group looking for a good first a cappella song, or a more advanced group interested in focusing on nuance and sincerity.
Songlist: Heart of Glass, I Can't Make You Love Me, Time After Time, Imagine
Review: Four fun songs suitable for all. Includes Debbie Harry's (Blondie) pop hit "Call Me", the big hit for Betty Everett "The Shoop Shoop Song", The Everly Brothers classic "When Will I Be Loved" and the bound-to-please audience grabber "The Loco-Motion" which was an early hit as songwriter for Carole King.
Songlist: Call Me, The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), When Will I Be Loved?, The Loco-Motion
Review: More great pop hits that are becoming standards which also translate very well to a cappella treatments. Pat Benetar reached the top 10 with "Hit Me With Your Best Shot' and ""Let's Hear It For The Boy" from the movie "Footloose" was another big seller. Lisa Loeb has developed a sterling reputation as a great contemporary singer/songwriter and this arrangement by Deke Sharon of her "Stay" is a true delight.
Songlist: Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Let's Hear It For The Boy, Stay
Review: More classic songs for women's voices! These charts will get your group, and your audience, dancing in the aisles! All of the arrangements are four parts except "Dancing In The Streets" is 5 parts, and "Son of a Preacher Man" is 4 parts plus solo.
Songlist: Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Dancing In The Streets, Respect, Sentimental Journey, Son-Of-A-Preacher Man
Review: Ladies will love these 14 selections, creatively arranged in a variety of contemporary styles by Dennis Allen Included are many of the best current praise & worship songs along with contemporary favorites including one new a cappella arrangement. A great value with many uses, the SSA voicing works equally well for ladies' trios, ensembles, and choirs. Not too high and not too low, the vocal ranges are well within reach of most ladies' voices.
Songlist: Trading My Sorrows, Lord Most High, Who Am I?, Rescue, When I Think About the Lord, Jesus Christ, Forever, Amen, Once Again, Shoes, Father, Spirit, Jesus, I Will Sing, How Deep the Father's Love for Us, Thanks Be to God with Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Communion, Sweeter
Review: "Mbiri kuna Mwari" is composed in the spirit of choral music heard at the Episcopal Cathedral in Harare, Zimbabwe, in the summer of 1993. Shona is the majority tribe in Zimbabwe and its language. The text is the Shona translation of the opening section of the Gloria of the Mass Ordinary. This traditional lullaby, "Thula, Babana," is from the eastern coastal region of South Africa. The singular sweetness of the melody has made it a favorite with South African choirs and audiences. In this arrangement, the melody is repeated several times, passing from one voice to the other, with a gradual variation and accumulation of accompanying texture, before fading into silence. Also included in this package is "Ghana Alleluia," "Kenya Melodies," and "Afican Celebration."
Songlist: Ghana Alleluia, Kenya Melodies, Mbiri Kuna Mwari, Thula, Babana, African Celebration
Review: Based on an ancient Taoist fable about a small village farmer whose fortune continually changes through a chain of interconnected events. Singers are divided into two character groups - the narrator and the villagers - and a soloist sings the role of the farmer. The moral of the story: You never know, keep on going. All is not as it first appears.
Review: The Lorca suite is probably Rautavaara's most popular choral work. The combination of Lorca's poetry and the soaring melodic lines of the music make it a true pearl of contemporary choral literature. Rautavaara has injected each of the four movements of the suite with its own unmistakable character. Text: Federico Garcia Lorca (Spanish/Finnish), duration: 7 minutes.
Songlist: Suite de Lorca
Review: The First Runo is unusual in that it is a setting of part of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, in an English translation rather than the original Finnish. Rautavaara has chosen the very first poem of the Kalevala, which describes the creation of the world according to Finnish mythology. Rautavaara uses a shimmering vocal texture to paint an image of the primeval lake. Duration: 8 minutes.
Songlist: The First Runo
Review: The English part song is back, with New World freshness and flair! A prolific composer, Eleanor Daley has a remarkable gift for melody. Her works are most notable for their sensitive interweaving of text and music. She has over one hundred published choral compositions and is commissioned extensively throughout North America.
Songlist: Spring, Midsummer, Autumn, Winter
Review: "Log Drivers' Waltz" is a showstopper of a piece! This work is a piece of classic Canadiana, is funny and exciting, and includes a coloratura soprano solo. "Lullaby" wonderfully crafted work uses lullaby words from many different cultures of Canada including First Nations languages, French and English. It is atmospheric and evocative, soothing the listener with overlapping textures and sounds. "O Canada" - A four part a cappella setting of Canada's national anthem with both French and English versions included.
Songlist: Log Drivers' Waltz, Lullaby, O Canada
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: This five-movement major addition to the repertoire for women's chorus has widely differing voicings and textures. All the movements use Emily Dickinson's domestic images--bees, birds, balls of yarn--to express hopes and fears relating to the future and the past. Movement 1, 2, 4 and 5 are accompanied, Movement 3 is A Cappella.
Songlist: Hope Is the Thing With Feathers, A Bird Came Down The Walk, My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close, If You Were Coming In The Fall, Some Things That Fly There Be
Review: Dreams is in many ways a sister work to Bergman's Lapponia, particularly in terms of the sound material it uses. However, the atmosphere of the world it inhabits is more intangible and dream-like, as its name suggests. Text: wordless, duration 13 minutes.
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