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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Deke Sharon : Songs from Pitch Perfect 2 for Female Voices
Review: The second Pitch Perfect movie was an even bigger hit than the first and the songs are just as catchy. "Bella's Opening " - the girls are back for their senior year and better than ever with a modern pop medley fit for the President? until Fat Amy ruins everything. Sing the arrangement that the Bellas sang, wardrobe malfunction optional. Songs include We Got the World, Timber, America, The Beautiful, and Wrecking Ball."Bellas Finale " - As in the first movie, this mashup weaves together several great songs and storylines from throughout the film, with a twist of an ending. Songs include Run The World (Girls), Where Them Girls At, We Belong, We Got The World, and Flashlight."Bellas Back to Basics" - The Bellas have lost their sound, and to find it again they sing this medley of some of the greatest and most iconic women's harmony groups from the past, from the Andrew's Sisters to En Vogue. Songs include Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, You Can't Hurry Love, Lady Marmalade, and My Lovin'."Cups" - The trailer for the highly anticipated Pitch Perfect 2 gives us a sneak peek at the music for the new film, including this expanded version of Anna Kendrick's breakout hit Cups. After a sweet, reflective opening verse, it moves into tempo for a more expanded treatment.
Songlist: Bella's Opening (from Pitch Perfect 2), Bellas Finale (from Pitch Perfect 2), Bellas Back to Basics (Medley), Cups (When I'm Gone)
Deke Sharon : Pop Songs for Younger Female Voices
Review: "Royals" - The pop megahit and Grammy-winning song of the year by Lorde will be an accessible and fun introduction to pop a cappella for younger SSA choirs!"Happy" - Younger or beginning a cappella groups will love this creative and upbeat song from Pharrell arranged for unaccompanied voices!"The Climb" - This Miley Cyrus song continues in popularity and offers an inspirational message for pop and spring programming in this unaccompanied setting.Katy Perry's #1 hit "Roar" was immensely popular with young singers, with its affirming message of strength and inspiration. This accessible a cappella setting gives it a whole new dimension for developing choral skills and confidence.
Songlist: Royals, Happy, The Climb, Roar
Various Arrangers : Pentatonix for Female Voices
Review: "Let It Go", the epic single from the smash Disney film Frozen, has been memorably covered by Pentatonix. This a cappella setting inspired by that version dazzles with harmony, color and emotion for a spectacular choral showcase. Adapted from the Pentatonix cover of "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit, this is an awesome vocal showcase for pop and show groups from high school and up! Irresistible! "Save the World/Don't You Worry Child" has the vibrant a cappella sounds of Pentatonix, the accessible setting of the mash-up by Swedish House Mafia also has optional accompaniment, making this a fantastic showcase for high school pop and show choirs.
Songlist: Let It Go, Rather Be, Save the World/Don't You Worry Child
Various Arrangers : Songs of the Philippines for Female Voices
Review: "Tatlo Sa Buhay" (Three Philippine Songs on Life) consists of a children's song, a lullaby, and a love song, this collection of folk tunes is full of lively rhythms and enchanting melodies. "Paruparong Bukid" - The Field Butterfly is a humorous song about the alikeness of a field butterfly to a 1900 Filipino lady dressed in her glamorous formal dress with tall butterfly sleeves. She struts swaying her hips down the aisle of the church as everyone looks on. The Filipino choral arrangements that George Hernandez has written are some of the most popular in the Pavane catalog. Also available in SATB divisi, P1364. For high school and college treble choirs. Medium difficulty. "Rosas Pandan" - This Filipino or Visayan folk song is about joy and love. George Hernandez, conductor of the Saringhimig Singers from San Francisco has captured the native flavor in this rousing arrangement. Selected for the Ron Kean Multicultural series, high school and college choirs will love it. "Halina't Umawit Sa Panginoon" - Begins gently but soon breaks into a dynamic and pulsating hallelujah section that is captivating. Treble choirs of all ages, medium difficulty.
Songlist: Tatlo Sa Buhay - (Three Philippine Songs on Life), Halina't Umawit Sa Panginoon, Paruparong Bukid (The Field Butterfly), Rosas Pandan
Various Arrangers : Baltic Songs for Upper Voices Vol 2
Review: Baltic choral music has undergone a massive resurgence in recent years. Sacred choral music, in particular, has flourished since the end of the Soviet era, with composers such as Eriks Esenvalds and Rihards Dubra achieving international recognition. This collection of choral music brings together a number of pieces, including works by Esenvalds and Dubra, and a varied selection of Latvian poetry. It covers a range of difficulty, from simple pieces for young singers to more challenging works for adult choirs.
Songlist: Aizalaida Sauleite, Lai Bij'gruti, Pavasara Rotasana, Mistat Linus, Two Songs Of Ophelia, Lietus Virins, Laudate, Gloria Patri , Kyrie Eleison, O Salutaris Hostia, Ave Maria
Amy Beach : Three Shakespeare Songs
Review: Clear-textured settings of the fairies' songs from A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, these songs are lavishly effective in their text setting, harmony, rhythm, and dynamics. The beauty of sound of women's voices shines through these pieces. First published in 1897.
Songlist: Over Hill, Over Dale, Come unto These Yellow Sands,, Through the House Give Glimmering Light
Audrey Snyder : Choral Composistions
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
Bela Bartok : Four Hungarian Folk Songs
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
Betty Bertaux : Music for Treble Voices
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
Betty Bertaux : Three Riddles
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
Bob Chilcott : Furusato - 5 upper-voice arrangements of Japanese songs
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
Chen Yi : Chinese Songs for Treble Voices
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
Clough-Leighter : The A Cappella Singer - Female Voice
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
David Del Tredici : Heartfelt Anthems
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
David Dusing : Stephen Foster for Treble Voices
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
Deke Sharon : Natural Woman (Collection) SSAA
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
Deke Sharon : Pitch Perfect (the movie) for Female Voices
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
Deke Sharon : Pop Classics
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
Deke Sharon : Girls Just Want To Have Fun
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
Deke Sharon : Women's Classic Pop Vol 2
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
Deke Sharon : Women's Classic Pop Vol 4
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
Deke Sharon : Pop Hits for Women's Voices
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
Deke Sharon / Anne Raugh : Respect
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
Deke Sharon / Anne Raugh : Let's Hear It (Collection)
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
Deke Sharon / Anne Raugh : Call Me (Collection)
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
Doreen Rao's Choral Music Experience : African Songs for Childrens Chorus
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
Douglas J. Cuomo : Fortune
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.Fortune
Einojuhani Rautavaara : Suite de Lorca
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.Suite de Lorca
Einojuhani Rautavaara : The First Runo
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.The First Runo
Eleanor Daley : Seasons of Love
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
Elektra Women's Choir : Canadiana for Women's Voices
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
Elektra Women's Choir : Choral Classics
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
Emma Lou Diemer : Hope Is the Thing: An Emily Dickinson Suite
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
Erik Bergman : Dreams
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.Dreams
Francisco J. Nunez : Transient Glory
Review: Launched in the year 2000, Transient Glory began as a concert performance series of the Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by Francisco J. Nunez to advance the art of children's choirs throughout the world. The Transient Glory choral series is designed and developed by its editor as a commitment to young voices singing glorious music during that short, transient period of childhood.
Songlist: Colors (AKA Soundpainting 41402), Orpheus, The Nervous Family, Un-Labelled, The Smiling Eyes
Fred Onovwerosuoke : Songs of Africa for Upper Voices
Review: Following the success of Songs of Africa (for mixed voices), Fred Onovwerosuoke presents six authentic arrangements of African songs scored for upper voices and percussion. Published in two small collections - this set for SA and the second for SSA - the songs originate from a variety of locations, including Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nigeria, and the Benin Republic. With texts to celebrate an assortment of themes, such as harvest, Christmas, play/leisure, and marriage, these arrangements are sure to delight all choirs looking for something a bit different. An English translation and a pronunciation guide are provided.
Songlist: Aluwa Sio, Irapada, Kayra Silo, Aleluya!, Hepepe!, Yesu Sore
Gustav Holst : The Princess
Review: This new edition of Holst's beloved settings (from Tennyson's long narrative poem) reveals them to be models of musical economy for the time-starved teacher, as well as gems of pure loveliness. Devices such as antiphonal and echo choirs, repeated sections in parallel major and minor, and well-handled canonic techniques, make each movement a distinctive delight.The Princess
Gweneth Walker : To My Girls
Review: "A bright girl, a jungle girl, shining quick as a snake" is the gutsy narrator of 'This Morning.' The voices have strong, syncopated rhythmic figures on "nn" and "la" sounds, and slide upward on "girl" for well-crafted-and enjoyable-instrumental effects. In 'To My Girls,' the poet tells her four graceful, nearly grown daughters. Reflective homophonic sections tell the mother's hopes. They alternate with ostinato patterns of simmering energy, reflecting the dancing excitement of four girls ready to burst forth, out into the world. The most percussive of the set, 'Sisters' features schoolyard-style partnered handclap patterns for singers in pairs. That's in addition to finger snaps, and cymbal, brush, and sticks-on-the-rim vocal percussion effects, all painting a lively picture of the "very same place" that "you and me," sisters, come from.
Songlist: This Morning, To My Girls, Sisters
Gyorgy Ligeti : Songs from Matraszentimr Dalok
Review: A collection of Hungarian folk songs for unaccompanied upper voice choir.
Songlist: Harom hordo, Igaz szerelem, Gomb, gomb, Erdobe, erdobe
Jack Beeson : 12 Rounds for Treble Voices
Review: Ranging from Unison to SSAA, these a cappella rounds could serve as wonderful warm-ups or an entertaining concert set.
Songlist: Teeth and Gums, Sir Eachknight, Long Song, An Egg, A Well, A Walnut, The Man, The Stool, The Mutton, and the og, The One-Eyed Man, A Thorn, Wishful Thinking, A Bed, Homer's Woe
James Rolfe : Three Compositions for Women's Voices
Review: The first of acclaimed Canadian composer J. Rolfe's "Three Compositions for Women's Voices" is "A Flower Was Offer'd to Me" which explores possession and desire, jealousy and rejection, using simple musical means to express Blake's deceptively simple words. The second piece "Sleep, Sleep, Beauty Bright" reflects the quiet intimacy of the Blake lullaby, portraying a sleeping infant's soft smiles and little frowns, as watched tenderly by loving parents. "O You Whom I Often" gives voice to the powerful longing in Whitman's, a quiet but steady flame, inextinguishable.
Songlist: A Flower Was Offer'd to Me, O You Whom I Often, Sleep, Sleep, Beauty Bright
Javier Busto : SSAA Arrangements Vol. 1
Review: The beautiful choral writing of Javier Busto speaks to the heart. His "Ave Maria" is one of the great works, which permits a choir to perform to the fullest, emotionally as well as technically. A fine choice for a festival program. Composed for the Tapiola Choir, the theme for "For The Peace", describes in its three sections how provocation and violence are turned into understanding and peace.The Lord Is My Shepherd is an equally brilliant setting of the 23rd Psalm. Magnificat is perfect for your Children's Choir Christmas program!
Songlist: The Lord is My Shepherd, Bustapi (For The Peace), Ave Maria, Gratia Plena, Magnificat
Javier Busto : SSAA Arrangements Vol. 2
Review: The popular latin text 'Laudate Dominum,' is brought to life in Javier Busto's brilliant setting. The graceful setting of 'Salve Regina' highlights the beauty of the female voice. For ambitious choirs, it would be an excellent concert or competition choice. The beautiful setting of 'Pupule Meus' will be enjoyed equally by the singers and audience alike!
Songlist: Laudate Dominum, Popule Meus, Salve Regina
Jerry Weseley Harris (arranged by) : Renaissance Pieces for Women's Voices
Review: Jerry Weseley Harris has more than 500 published choral compositions, arrangements and editions, sold throughout the world. Here is a great collection of arrangements from some of the masters of the Renaissance period that are accessible and fun to sing.
Songlist: Love Learns By Laughing, Aye Me, Hey Ho, Though Philomela Lost Her Love, My Bonnie Lass, Oh Follow, Follow On!, Fire, Fire, My Heart, Amyntas With Phylis Faire, Farewell, Dear Love, Since I First Saw Your Face
Johannes Brahms : Three Sacred Choruses for Women's Voices
Review: Many of Brahms' early choral works are the result of his work in the 1850s as director of a women's choir in Hamburg and the choral society of Detmold. These three sacred choruses are based on rather complex contrapuntal forms: O Bone Jesu is a metric double canon in contrary motion. Adoramus te, Christe is a continuous four-voice canon at the fourth, fifth and octave. Regina coeli is a canon in contrary motion sung by two soloists with choral interjections of Alleluia. Together with an Ave Maria, these comprise Brahms' only published settings of Latin texts. Duration: ca. 3:30.
Songlist: O Bone Jesu, Adoramus te, Christie, Regina coeli
John Leavitt : Renaissance Women
Review: This collection is a fantastic resource for introducing the music of the Renaissance to your women's choir.
Songlist: How Merrily We Live , Sonatemi un balleto , Je le vous dirai! , Mein Feinslieb, Tanzen und Springen
John Phillips : Eight Negro Spirituals
Review: A collection of classic Negro spirituals arranged for unaccompanied SSA choir by John C. Phillips
Songlist: Mary Had A Baby, You Got A Right, Never Said A Mumbalin' Word, The Train Is Bound For Glory, Steal Away To Jesus, Little David, Play On Yo' Harp, Nobody Knows De Trouble I See, Lord, Dry Bones
Kari Ala-Pollanen : Negro Spirituals for SA Chorus
Review: Finnish choral conductor and composer Kari Ala-Pollanen is the director of the acclaimed Tapiola Choir in Finland and is highly regarded thruout Europe. Here is a collection of her arrangements of Negro spirituals for SA chorus.
Songlist: Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit , Standin' in the Need of Prayer, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child , By an' By, Mary Had a Baby, Little David, Babylon's Fallin'.
Kirby Shaw : Standards for Women
Review: These songs are so wonderful they have become part of the great American songbook. The timeless ballad "Unchained Melody" is simply breathtaking! Perfect for concert groups or pop ensembles, this is an arrangement will become a staple in your repertoire. "My Funny Valentine" is on just about everyone's top ten list of all-time classic ballads! Lush harmonies, varied textures, and a timeless melody and lyric...this is it! "Always" has been recorded by hundreds of major artists over the years, the classic simplicity of this Irving Berlin song makes it one of our most treasured standards. This expressive a cappella setting for women's voices will create a magical moment in performance! The classic Irving Berlin song "What'll I Do" was sung by Judy Garland and is a popular standard that has been performed by many great singers. This stellar a cappella arrangement is a real treat and is a perfect song for female voices.
Songlist: Always, Unchained Melody, My Funny Valentine, What'll I Do
Kirby Shaw : Women's Classic Pop Vol 5
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'
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The text of this work was written by a young junior high Irish boy who very soon after lost his life in a street shooting. And so the poem became the voice of all children, victims in a world of war and violence, and for their universal longing and hope for peace.
Composer: Jan Sandstrom
Already chosen for several All-State choral festivals, this exciting choral fanfare is the perfect concert opener. The text, in Italian and based on lines from Dante's Divine Comedy, speaks of goodness and love. The sound of non-pitched bells will establish a special mood for the night ahead. Duration ca. 1:40. Performed by Women's Chamber Ensemble, Michigan State University, Sandra Snow, conductor.
Composer: Lee Kesselman
Two choral classics from the Renaissance period - "Adoramus Te" (Palestrina) and "Ave Maria" (Arcadelt) - are now available in this easy SATB edition. They were previously released in men's, women's, and three-part mixed voicings. An exceptional addition to any concert!
Arranger: Russell Robinson | Composer: Giovanni Palestrina
Based on the Scottish folk song that describes the River Afton, this arrangement provides a charming and romantic work for a cappella treble voices. "Afton Water" is the first of four movements from Kesselman's Scottish Folk Song Suite.
Arranger: Lee R. Kesselman | Country: Scotland
The title of Ain't That News is a tribute to the superb Staple Singers, who dang a piece by that name, not otherwise quoted in this chart. The opening seven measures are an adaptation of an old Paul Robeson 78. The rest of the piece is original material intended to pay homage to both the black church and black popo music, just one of the many genres that owes its soul to the spiritual. The composer states, "My goal is to allow even the most demure chorister to have at least a little taste of what it would be like to be Aretha Franklin." (2:15)
Composer: Stephen Hatfield | Country: Canada
From songwriting legends Hal David and Burt Bacharach and arranged by the acclaimed vocal jazz educator Phil Mattson, this song and text is among the most meaningful in contemporary music. Rich harmonies highlight the powerful emotions inherent in the text.
Arranger: Phil Mattson | Composer: Burt Bacharach / Hal David | Performed By: Alfie
All Ye Who Love Music was given its English text by Thomas Oliphant in 1837. This arrangement has been lowered one step from the original key of G major to F major. The soprano (Part 1) melody is basically the same; however, Parts II and III have been arranged iin such a way as to limit the range and for ease of singing, while retaining the sound and flavor of the original. As will all Renaissance madrigals, this piece should be sung lightly and lyrically.
Arranger: Russell Robinson | Composer: Russell Robinson | Performed By: Baldassare Donato
Treble choruses can experience Baroque style and performance practice in this setting from Bach's Motet VI. Performed a cappella or with the continuo accompaniment, it will make a fine addition to honor choir or festival concerts. Duration: ca. 2:15.
Arranger: Russell Robinson | Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
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."
Composer: David Del Tredici
Recorded by hundreds of major artists over the years, the classic simplicity of this Irving Berlin song makes it one of our most treasured standards. This expressive a cappella setting for women's voices will create a magical moment in performance!
Here is a popular Zulu traditional song as arranged by Rudolf de Beer, former conductor of the Drakensbeg Boys Choir of South Africa. What a vivid connection to the people and culture of that part of the world! Authentic percussion and movement suggestions give this selection great visual appeal.
Arranger: Rudolf de Beer | Composer: Traditional | Country: Africa
As plentiful as the grass that grows, the sands on the shore, the dew in the meadow, or the wind across the moor...so shall grace and blessings be. This beautiful Irish blessing text is creatively set in an expressive a cappella original work by Audrey Snyder. Excellent programming for treble choirs of all ages!
Composer: Audrey Snyder | Country: Ireland
Based on a biblical text, And Miriam Sang is a song of celebration following Israel's deliverance from Egypt through the Red Sea. It begins in a slow, chant-like manner, and soon shifts to an up-tempo dance-like mood. Although the melodies are original, they incorporate the augmented second interval and melodic formulas common to Hasidic and some Middle-Eastern music. The use of Hebrew text, tambourine and drums add to the authentic feel. Duration: ca. 3:15. Performed by Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble, Sandra Snow, conductor.
Composer: Zebulon M. Highben
A fresh take on a classic standard with intricate, yet accessible jazz harmonies and effortless voice leading. The vocals sing like falling and drifting leaves throughout the piece. A standout ballad for your jazz, show, or concert choir!
Arranger: Ryan O'Connell | Composer: Johnny Mercer
These new SAB and SSA arrangements make the beautiful Tomás Luis de Victoria choral work accessible for younger and smaller choirs as well as treble voices. The optional piano is a supportive accompaniment, offering an alternative to a cappella singing for developing choirs. A timeless classic in choral literature. Available: SAB, opt. a cappella; SSA, opt. a cappella; PianoTrax CD (35027473). Duration: ca. 1:50.
Arranger: Russell Robinson | Composer: Tomás Luis de Victoria
Battant Son Plein is French slang, literally "hitting his fill," the equivalent of the English "in full swing." Written for Scala, a children's choir from Bruxelles, the title refers to what these children sound like when they sing, and the piece is a salute to their confidence and daring.
Arranger: Stephen Hatfield | Country: France
Kirby Shaw continues his tradition of arranging classic ballads for women's voices with the elegant sonorities of this unforgettable song from the award-winning animated classic.
The Bellas are back for their senior year and better than ever with a modern pop medley fit for the President? until Fat Amy ruins everything. Sing the arrangement that the Bellas sang, wardrobe malfunction optional. Songs include We Got the World, Timber, America, The Beautiful, and Wrecking Ball.
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Performed By: The Bellas
The Bellas have lost their sound, and to find it again they sing this medley of some of the greatest and most iconic women's harmony groups from the past, from the Andrew's Sisters to En Vogue. Songs include Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, You Can't Hurry Love, Lady Marmalade, and My Lovin'.
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Performed By: The Bellas
As in the first movie, this mashup weaves together several great songs and storylines from throughout the film, with a twist of an ending. Songs include Run The World (Girls), Where Them Girls At, We Belong, We Got The World, and Flashlight.
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Performed By: The Bellas
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.
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Performed By: Pitch Pefect
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.
Arranger: Mark Brymer | Performed By: The Bellas
Practice your beatbox skills with this 2014 pop hit from the indie rock band American Authors. The upbeat folk/pop acoustic with a fun chorus transfers beautifully to vocals only. ScorePlay - click to view score with recording.
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Performed By: American Authors
What a fun and smart arrangement of this popular song originally penned by Hughie Cannon! A standard for jazz and Dixieland bands, the fun of this piece is now captured in a new SSAA voicing for women. This gem is great for concert and show choirs.
Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Composer: Hughis Cannon