In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
These are all the a cappella releases and additions.
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Review: Voces8 make an extraordinary debut on Decca with Eventide. Eight young singers forming one perfect sound add a contemporary edge in stunning original arrangements from plainchant to Paul Mealor and from Saving Private Ryan to Emeli Sande. The album evokes the magical space between day and night, a time for unwinding, for finding the calm and solace we all seek. Eight perfectly-blended voices interwoven with haunting melodies for solo cello, harp and saxophone provide an immersive sonic experience which will soothe, beguile and inspire.
Songlist: Te Lucis Ante Terminum, Festal, Hymn To The Fallen, Reflexionem, Where I Sleep, The Seal Lullaby, Second Eve, Quanta Qualia, Underneath The Stars, Locus Iste, Corpus Christi Carol, Benedictus, Os Iusti, Steal Away, Ave Maria, O Magnum Mysterium, Te Lucis Terminum, Pentecostal Tone
Review: Ray Charles (not the more familiar R&B recording star, but longtime arranger and vocalist for Perry Como and his "Perry Como Show"), knew quite a lot about entertainment and how to put together a vocal ensemble and get the most out of them. This re-release is a bright, sweet, sincere collection of pop tunes and Broadway hits, as innocent, upbeat, schmaltzy, silly and entertaining as mainstream variety shows were in the mid-to-late 60's.
Songlist: Misty, These Foolish Things, Embraceable You, Goodbye, Vieni, Vieni, Tell Me That You Love Me, Volare, Non Dimenticar, Traveling Down A Lonely Road, Ferryboat Serenade (Funiculi-Funicula), Nina, East Of The Sun, No Voce, Na Chittara,, Woodpecker Song, Summertime In Venice, Santa Lucia, My Old Flame, Paradise, For All We Know, Soft Lights And Sweet Music, I'm Over Here, Don't Blame Me, My Ideal
Review: The King's Men (the men's voices from King's College Choir) release a new album of close harmony arrangements. Produced in-house at King's, the album features previously unrecorded pop and jazz arrangements written for the group by current and former choral scholars. The songs range from classics such as 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and 'Old Man River' to more recent hits such as Carly-Rae Jepson's 'Call Me Maybe'. The group was helped by new Assistant Director of Music and former 'Swingle Singer' Ben Parry, who coached them in the art of close harmony singing.
Songlist: Get Around, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Wonderwall, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Forget You, Never Had A Dream Come True, September, Tears in Heaven, I Want It That Way, Minnie The Moocher, Call Me Maybe, Old Man River, Every Time We Say Goodbye, I Want You Back
Review: This collection of 27 Russian sacred choral works was compiled and edited by Russian music scholar and choral director Noelle Mann, who was curator of the Prokofiev Archive at the Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths College.
Songlist: A Mercy of Peace, Bless the Lord, O My Soul, Blessed is the Man, Cherubic Hymn, Do Not Reject Me in My Old Age, Gentle Light, I Cry Aloud With My Voice Unto The Lord, It Is Truly Meet, Let My Prayer Arise, Lord, Save the Faithful, Many Year, Our Father, Praise the Name of the Lord, Rejoice, O Nicholas, Great Wonderworker, Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of God, Sacred Love, The ever-vigilant Mother of God, The Great Doxology
Review: We hadn't seen Courtney, Ann and Christina, 2013 Harmony Sweeps Champs, for a year, until they beautifully hosted the 2014 Finals on May 17th, where we fell in love again! The three women are pictured on the album cover as blackbirds (signifying love), singing while perched on an antique shovel (signifying death) against the circular, nicely rendered background of the top of a keg (signifying spirits). The hand of each member of the trio is clear on each of these 12 finely crafted tunes, several of which drew ovations from our delighted audience at Marin Veterans Auditorium. Courtney arranged the lovely traditional "Duncan and Brady," Felice and Boudleaux Bryant's "All I Have to Do Is Dream," Sticks McGhee's "Wine Blues," Billy Mayhew's "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" and she wrote favorites "Mockingbird," "Whiskey Wife," "I'll Be Your Coat" and "My Love." Ann wrote and arranged "Nothing But My Whiskey;" and Christine transcribed the traditional "Little Margaret," wrote "Wash Me Clean" and arranged the memorable Shape Note hymn, "Farther On." The three voices are well matched, the songs are powerful and emotional, and the trio sings with heart and passion. Between songs on stage Courtney thanked the audience, calling the 2013 Finals win the highlight of their lives. Well, the HWT gave such a moment to the 2013 audience and to all of us who saw them at the 2014 Finals-they have a rare gift. "Stories" is a winner from the first cut to the last!
Songlist: Duncan and Brady, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Nothing But My Whiskey, Mockingbird, Wine Blues, Little Margaret, Whiskey Wife, I'll Be Your Coat, It's a Sin to Tell a Lie, Wash Me Clean, My Love, Farther On
Review: Vocal lines with piano accompaniment for 9 songs from the mega-hit Disney movie are presented in this collection.
Songlist: Do You Want To Build A Snowman?, Fixer Upper, For The First Time In Forever (Reprise), For The First Time In Forever, Frozen Heart, In Summer, Let It Go, Let It Go, Reindeers Are Better Than People
Review: Winners of the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off, this songbook from Texas-based a cappella group Pentatonix is presented here in arrangements with chord symbols, lead vocal lines and full vocal harmonies.
Songlist: Ah-Ha, The Baddest Girl, Hey Momma/Hit The Road Jack, I Need Your Love, Love Again, Love You Long Time, Natural Disaster, Run To You, Show You How To Love, Starships, Valentine, We Are Young
Review: This second volume of the popular Choir Builders for Growing Voices series offers 24 MORE warm-ups and workouts for teaching proper vocal technique to young voices! These fun and original reproducible exercises will continue to get your students' growing voices on the right track to producing a quality sound. Strengthen phrasing and breath control, use dynamic expression, enhance independent and harmonic singing, perform accurate articulations, head voice "sighs," swing eighths and syncopation patterns, proper diction and rhythm accuracy, and much more with these wonderful exercises for young voices. Sing along with the demonstration tracks on the enclosed CD for quick learning, or use the accompaniment-only tracks for ear training and assessment options. Twelve of the exercises also offer optional Orff and percussion accompaniment parts. Get ready for more of a workout to a better sounding choir!
Songlist: Autumn Breeze, Celebrate Peace!, Chimes In Three Quarter Time, Hide And Seek, Hurry Up!, Jazzin' It Up!, Let's Rock And Roll, A Little Latin Scattin', Music In The Air, Nature Sings, Off The Beaten Path, A Patriot's March, Raindrops, A Seasonal Blues, Shine Your Light, Shining Stars, A Solfege Show, A Star In The Night, Time For Celebration!, Together As One, Walkin' In Blues Country, Watching The Sky, Winter Mix, A Winter's Dream
Review: A collection of songs by The Australian Voices, this a cappella songbooks incorporates new songs by Australian-based composers with traditional folksongs.
Songlist: Kalkadunga Yurdu, To An Early-Flowering Almond, Other Plans, The Keeper, Initialize, Diana, Stellar Mansions, To The Evening Star, The Facebook Song, Waltzing Matilda
Review: With captivating settings of Latvian choral music featuring folk songs and poetry by composers Rihards Dubra, Eriks Esenvalds, and Vytautas Miskinis, as well as thrilling arrangements of ancient pagan folksongs by Ilona Rupaine and Juris Vaivods, this exciting anthology of Christmas music from Latvia and Lithuania is perfect for choirs looking to broaden their musical horizons during the festive period.
Songlist: O Emmanuel, At Christmas, Hodie Christus Natus Est, O Radix Jesse, Verbum Caro , A Child's Prayer , The Candles Glow, Nata Lux, Duido , Kalado
No No Noman
Review: Ah, yes, we remember Sweet Adelines quartet The LoveNotes, Britanny, Mia, Caitlin and Stephanie from 2009 when they easily won the Bay Area Regional. We had previously seen them in the Regional as UnderAge, after they won the 2005 Sweet Adelines quartet championship for Young Women in Harmony. Now over 18 and calling themselves The LoveNotes, their 12 minute set, featuring a killer rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," won them Audience Favorite and Second Place only to more experienced Sweet Adelines contenders Maxx Factor. The Notes kept rising, and today they're wearing the crowns and gold medals of the 2014 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions! Their debut CD "From the Heart" has 13 cuts, some favorites are "No, No Norman," "Hooked On This Skype Thing," "I Used to Call Him Baby," the moody Bond and Adele classic "Skyfall," "Something's Coming," "Danny Boy" and "If We Hold On Together," but every cut is a polished winner. Our girls next door have grown up, and they're the best in the world!
Songlist: No No Noman, I Will Love You 'Til The End Of Time, Hooked On This Skype Thing, Poker Face, I Used To Call Him Baby, More Than You Know, Hooked On The Classics, Skyfall, Something's Coming, Danny Boy, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, If We Hold On Together, Time To Say Goodbye
Review: Favourite Anthems' for SATB choir presents some of John Tavener's most popular works from his outstandingly varied and extensive catalog of works for choir. Also included are beautiful miniatures and radiant anthems which trace a line over the years from the exquisite simplicity of his setting of William Blake's The Lamb to the monumental Veil of the Temple and beyond.
Songlist: A Christmas Round , A Hymn To The Mother Of God, Advent Antiphon, Agnus Dei, As One Who Has Slept, Exhortation And Kohima, God Is With Us (A Christmas Proclamation) , Nunc Dimittis, O That We Were There, Rocking, Song For Athene, The Founder's Prayer, The Lamb, Today The Virgin, What God Is, We Do Not Know
Review: "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: America's favorite a cappella show returned recently for another smash season with show-stoppers like this medley from super group fun. If you are up for no lip-synching, back-up bands or safety net, this chart is for you! The Peter Gabriel song "In Your Eyes" was included on the 2013 season of NBC's The Sing-Off and features a fantastic vocal groove, gospel style back-up chorus and riveting lead solo. "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" was hit by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from the 1987 film Dirty Dancing features two soloists with a rich vocal accompaniment. Opening simply, it builds consistently through two key changes to an electrifying final cadence.
Songlist: In Your Eyes, (I've Had) The Time of My Life, fun. Medley, - Carry On, - Some Nights, - We Are Young
Review: Anthony F. Jahn, MD, internationally acclaimed otolaryngologist and Director of Medical Services at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, offers a comprehensive guidebook on a wide range of health and disorders that affect the voice. A vital tool for singers, voice teachers, and choral directors, The Singer's Guide to Complete Health empowers vocal performers to take charge of their own minds and bodies, providing advice about a variety of health issues that affect professional well-being as well as remedies to the most important and common health problems that singers face in their careers. Dr. Jahn has invited a diverse group of health care specialists and music professionals to share their expertise and tips with singers and their teachers. The chapters cover a broad spectrum of topics, including not only vocal issues, but also general physical and psychological well-being, diet, and exercise, accompanied by easy-to-follow illustrations, diagrams and charts. Each chapter provides a clear explanation of an aspect of health of practical relevance to vocalists. The book enables singers to make informed decisions about their own health, and gives guidance on seeking appropriate professional help and self-remedies. It includes numerous suggestions on ways to prevent illness and maintain a healthy vocal lifestyle, not only with traditional methods such as diet, exercise, and Alexander technique, but also holistic approaches such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs.A comprehensive blend of professional voice expertise and medical science, The Singer's Guide to Complete Health is an essential addition to bookshelves and medicine cabinets of both singers and those who care for them.
Songlist: Good Health and Singing: An Overview, The Vocal Apparatus: Structure and Function, Pulmonary Medicine for Singers, Allergy Basics, Disorders of the Nose, Sinuses and Throat, Hearing and Hearing Loss in Singers, Hearing Conservation and Hearing Rehabilitation, Sleep: The Art and Science, Hormones and the Voice, Nutrition and Weight Management, Anesthesia for Singers, Advances in Laryngeal Surgery for Singers, Home Remedies, Medications and the Voice, Exercise Programs, Meditation and Relaxation Techniques, Yoga for Singers, Chinese Herbal Remedies for Singers, Secrets of a Long Career
Review: On their 1994 album Love's Illusion the extraordinary female vocal quartet ANONYMOUS 4 brought 13th-century motets of courtly love to the top of the classical charts, spending 29 weeks on Billboard's Top 200. Twenty years later they return to the source, this time exploring the juxtaposition of love and desire for the earthly lady Marion and the ardor for the heavenly Marie. On Marie et Marion Anonymous 4 continue to bring their signature exquisite vocal blend to these captivating and ethereal ancient songs. In a recent concert review, The New York Times described "Marie et Marion" as "a rich compilation of French motets...lovingly and radiantly sung."
Songlist: Mater Dei Plena - Mater Virgo Pia - Eius, He Mere Diu - La Virge Marie - Aptatur, A La Clarte Qui Tout - Et Illuminare, Marie Assumptio Afficiat, Chanson: De la gloriouse fenix Ruth Cunningham, Ave Lux Luminum - Salve Virgo Rubens , Plus Joliement C'Onques, Reverdie, J'Ai Les Biens - Que Ferai Biau Sire - In Seculum, Que Ferai Biaus Sire, Pensis Chief Enclin, L'Autre Jour Par Un Matinet, Quant Florist La Violete, Sans Orgueil Et Sans Envie, Trois Serors, Amors me fait commencier, En Mai Quant Rosier, Pucelete Bele Et Avenant, Diex Qui Porroit, Li Joli Tans, Par Une Matinee, Or Voi Je Bien, Plus Bele Que Flor
Review: All children must have an opportunity to share the joy of choral music participation - whether in school, church, or community choirs. What happens before the singing begins, is critical to supporting, sustaining, and nurturing choirs to give every child the opportunity to experience the wonder of choral singing.Based on years of experience conducting and teaching, Barbara Tagg brings a wealth of practical information about ways of organizing choirs. From classroom choirs, to mission statements, boards of directors, commissioning, auditioning, and repertoire, Before the Singing will inspire new ways of thinking about how choirs organize their daily tasks.The collaborative community that surrounds a choir includes conductors, music educators, church choir directors, board members, volunteers, staff, administrators, and university students in music education and nonprofit arts management degree programs. For all these, Tagg offers a wealth of knowledge about creating a positive environment to support artistry, creativity, dedication, and a commitment to striving for excellence.
Songlist: Foreword by Francisco J. Nunez, Getting Started, Beyond the Board, Leadership Transition, Finances, Rehearsals and Parents, Musical Matters, Promotion and Fundraising, Concerts, Building Community, Performing with Professionals, Touring, In the Words of Others, Suggested Treble Repertoire
Review: Eight songs for eight-part vocal groups. The VOCES8 A Cappella Songbook includes many of the group's favorite songs - ranging from folk and classical through spiritual and pop.
Songlist: Feeling Good, Nobody Does It Better, Folksong Medley, Erlkoenig, Shenandoah, Opera Medley , Wade in the Water, The Luckiest
Review: The development of a singer takes several years and involves training many different abilities. Since the whole body is the singer's instrument, and the mind, emotions, and musical abilities play the instrument, it is necessary to train all these elements. In the early developmental stage of perhaps six to eight years from high school through college, and beyond, the practices of yoga can be of great assistance in training the various facets of the whole singer. Beyond the training and development stages, the practices of yoga serve the singer well throughout life by keeping body, breath, mind, and spirit in healthful balance. Judith E. Carman, DMA, has taught singing for forty years, practiced yoga for almost twenty years, and taught yoga classes especially designed for singers for a decade. Dr. Carman has conducted Yoga for Singers workshops in university settings, for choral groups, in yoga studios, and for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and National Opera Association national conferences and at national workshops. The material is divided into five categories: individual postures, short examples of practices for specific purposes, breathing techniques, a short demonstration class that includes all the elements of a complete practice in shortened form
Songlist: Theory and Techniques , The Connections , The Body, The Breath , The Mind , The Heart, The Performer, Practices for Various Needs , Asana Reference Chart, Sequences for Specific Areas of the Body, A Complete Practice for Daily Use, Short Practices for Specific Vocal Deficiencies, Short Practices for Specific Situations , Weight Issues, Yoga for Singers Classes: Lesson Plans
Review: This remarkable DVD presents a systematic approach to improving the sound of choirs of all ages, types, and stages of development. From vocal warm-ups to rehearsals to culminating performances, this DVD provides a step-by-step guide to help choral ensembles to reach their full potential. Many different standing positions are demonstrated and the numerous factors involved in deciding which position to use are discussed. Dr. Charlene Archibeque demonstrates unique placements that work in varied rehearsal situations, including standing, sitting, using risers, and dealing with a flat floor. She also explores the most effective positions for performance situations, taking into consideration the acoustics of the venue, the strengths and weaknesses of the choir, and the repertoire to be performed.A focal point of is the demonstration of the decision-making process involved in the place- ment of individual singers within a section. Blend, balance, intonation, musicianship, and aural skills- as well as strength of each voice and timbre of each singer-are factors that affect these decisions. Unique "before and after" comparisons, suitable for showing to singers, highlight the contrasts prior to and after voice matching and/or positioning of singers for specific repertoire.The powerful effects of capturing each singer's innate expressiveness and imagination are displayed via contrasting examples of engaged and unengaged singing. This DVD, with its unprecedented combination of explanations, graphics, and singer demonstrations, offers a unique and valuable resource for both conductor-teachers and singers.
Songlist: Rehearsal Formations, Performance Formations, Placement of Individual Singers, Visual Aspects of Impactful Performances, Developing Expressivness, Acoustics, Blend and Balance, Intonation, Aural Skills, Strength and Timbre of Each Voice, Includes:-, Graphics, Charts, Singer Demonstrations
Aquarela do Brasil
Review: We have rained superlatives over one woman-five man Brazilian sextet's first two albums, "Here To Stay" and "Musica Popular Brazileira A Cappella," and we have been rewarded with their third, "BR6 For All." There are 12 perfectly recorded and mixed tunes here, our favorites (but only just barely) are the songs in English: Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," which has the theme from "Mission Impossible" segueing in and out of it; the amazingly arranged "Beatles Medley," the Michael Jackson hit "Human Nature," Freddie Mercury's Queen standard "Play the Game" and Sting's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." Other faves are the Latin classic "Tico-Tico No Fuba," "Aquarela Do Brasil," "Libertango," "Samba de Verao" and "Lembrei Do Ceara." But make no mistake, every song here is a stone vocal and rhythmic treat. BR6 ranks right up there with elite groups like Rajaton and the Real Group, and "For All" is one of the best CDs of the year!
Songlist: Aquarela do Brasil, Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours, Tico-Tico No Fuba, The Beatles Medley, Libertango, Brasil Pandeiro, Human Nature, Samba de Verao, Play The Game, Coracao Bobo, Every Little Thing She Does, Lembrei do Ceara
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Review: We love Christmas, harmony and barbershop so we are in heaven here! One would expect nothing short of excellence from this International Champion quartet and Vocal Spectrum delivers in spades. Holiday harmony has never sounded so good and Tim, Eric, Jonny and Chris display a unique blend that clearly makes them one of barbershop's best.
Songlist: Welcome Christmas, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Cool Yule, In The Bleak Midwinter, What Child Is This, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Joseph's Lullaby, Believe, What's This?, Christmas Time Is Here, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Away In A Manger, O Holy Night
Review: The tenaciously active superstar Eric Ericson celebrated his 90th birthday on October 26 2008. His international celebrity status is exceptional, and people everywhere talk with reverence of the "Swedish Choral Miracle" - an expression that is very much synonymous with his life work. In this unique 14-part documentary film "Teaching", Birgitta Ohman and Swedish Television have captured Eric Ericson's playful yet inspirational style of teaching at the Royal College of Music. Caprice Records in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music presents this TV series on one DVD along with a bonus interview with Ericson from 2008. Experience for yourself the process of interpreting and performing choral music from all eras. Appearing is Eric Ericson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Marianne Eklof, Thomas Jennefeldt, Stefan Parkman, among others.
Songlist: Conducting lesson with a. o. Anne Sofie von Otter, Conducting lesson: J.S. Bach & Sven-Erik Back, Conducting lesson: Arne Mellnas & Thomas Morley, Conducting lesson: David Wikander, Karl-Erik Welin & Bela Bartok, Thomas Morley & Orlando di Lasso, Lars Edlund, Kurt Lindgren & Bela Bartok, Warming up with Stefan Parkman, August Soderman, Alf Cranner, A.F. Lindblad & H.L Hassler, "Samtalssinfonietta": Georg Riedel, Sven-Erik Johanson & Johannes Brahms, En visa: Sven-Erik Back, No bird soars to high: Lars-Erik Larsson, Scherzo: Lars Edlund, Scherzo & "Femton finnar" arr. Lars Edlund, Bonus: Eric Ericson interview 2008
Wonderful Christmas Time
Review: It was a Christmas song posted on You Tube a dozen years ago that first propelled this talented group into the limelight and here they are with a new Christmas release which includes at track with Paul McCartney! With an extremely busy touring schedule they are one of the most popular a cappella groups performing today and these years of seasoning shows in the tight arrangements, fine voices and compelling energy of this recording. This recording is a Holiday treat and is sure to be a cappella classic. Cello Greene, Cobbie Caillat and the voice of Otis Redding are also featured.
Songlist: Home by Christmas Day, Song for Santa, Merry Christmas Baby, White Christmas, Everyday Is Christmas, Amazing Grace, Wonderful Christmas Time
Review: Let It Snow finds New York Voices - Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Peter Eldridge - celebrating a host of traditional and sacred holiday classics as well as secular favorites. With the assistance of Grammy Award winning producer and engineer, Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Eagles, Manhattan Transfer, Fleetwood Mac), the quartet has fashioned an album that honors beloved songs, while incorporating sophisticated jazz and swing elements. Settings vary; a cappella performances mingle with robust arrangements featuring big band and studio orchestra accompaniment. The result is a diverse program of holiday standards, performed with surprisingly fresh treatments. The close harmony style that New York Voices embraces is a perfect sound for the holiday season. While the bulk of the arrangements are by founding member and tenor vocalist Damon Meader, additional orchestrators include Don Sebesky, Jorge Calendrelli, Pat Hollenbeck, and Michele Weir.
Songlist: Let It Snow, Christmas Song / Christmas Time, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, We Three Kings, Holiday for Strings, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Sleepers, Wake, O Come, All Ye Faithful, The Merry Medley, I Wonder As I Wander, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Silent Night
Review: On this new holiday album of choral favorites, Hans-Christoph Rademann leads the world-famous RIAS Kammerchor in a musical retelling of the Christmas Story. With music ranging from Mendelssohn to Part, this collection leads the listener to the heart of Christmas Night and to rejoicing at the Savior's birth.
Songlist: O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf, In der Christnacht, Ave Maria, Virga Jesse floruit, Ich lag in tiefer Todesnacht, Nun liebe Seel, nun ist es Zeit, Ubers Gebirg Maria geht, Ave Maris Stella, Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen, Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Frohlocket, ihr Volker auf Erden, Magnificat, Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel, Salve Regina, In dulci jubilo, Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, Hodie Christus natus est
Review: In this volume of etudes for conductors, James Jordan details a ground-breaking pedagogy for the development of conducting skills. This method is based on a sequential harmonic process to inform and define conducting gesture. This book is revolutionary because it employs a process of score study to develop what Dr. Jordan calls "kinesthetic/harmonic audiation." Conductors of all skill levels will profoundly benefit from these new ideas. While instrumentalists and keyboardists for decades have had books of daily "etudes" for the development of technique, conducting pedagogy has not had the benefit of such a rigorous technical course of study. This book teaches conductors to make gestural decisions based upon harmonic rhythm and uses the gestural vocabulary of Rudolf Laban as the beginning "vocabulary" from which a conductor can make decisions. This book of etudes differs from other approaches because it views harmonic progression as the primary vehicle by which to learn conducting technique.
Songlist: Knowledge and Awareness of your Architecture, Patterning, Respond Intuitively, Breathing within the Envelope, Root Analyis, Density Analysis, Developing Harmonic / Kinesthetic Audiation, Spatial Audiation, Audiational Assimilation, Breath as an Etude, Pedagogical Path of these Etudes, Foundation of Harmonic Rhythm, Does Gesture Influence Sound?, Use and Study of the Harmonic Etudes, Body mapping, The Labian Rudiments, Practices
Review: Showcasing the talents of some of North America's best choral arrangers and composers, An American Christmas presents sixteen Yuletide treats that are guaranteed to add zest to any choir's repertoire. Drawing on a variety of styles including gospel, country, blues, and jazz An American Christmas presents some of the season's best-loved carols in a fresh light and there are also wonderful new original works by Libby Larsen and James Bassi. With opportunities for soloists and a variety of choral textures, this collection is bound to add an American sparkle to your ensemble's festivities.
Songlist: A Simple Gloria, Away In a Manger, Children, Go Where I Send Thee, D'ou Viens-tu Bergere?, Go Tell It On the Mountain, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Huron Carol, I Saw Three Ships, Joy to the World!, Lullee, Lullai, Lullo, Lullabye, O Holy Night, Oh What a Wonderful Child, On Christmas Night (Sussex Carol), Shepherds Rejoice!, Silent Night, The Blasts of Chill December
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: The film Pitch Perfect presents the world of collegiate a cappella groups with a comedic flair and musical sassiness that your pop ensembles will love to recreate! Whether a cappella or accompanied, here is the Bellas' terrific mash-up, including: Don't You (Forget About Me), Give Me Everything (Tonight), Price Tag. The irresistible break-out hit "Cups" by Anna Kendrick has a sweet folky flavor and the fun "cup" accompaniment will be a hit with your choir! Now crossing over to YouTube and mainstream radio, the song is getting major attention in the media. May be performed a cappella or accompanied. Kelly Clarkson's mega hit "Since U Been Gone" rocks out in this a cappella rendition!
Songlist: Since U Been Gone, Cups, Bellas Finals
Review: Pitch Perfect's Treblemakers win the regionals with this rowdy, rollicking arrangement of "Right Round" originally made popular by the Tufts Beelzebubs on NBC's The Sing Off Season One. 4-part harmony plus duet. Vocal percussion optional. Pitch Perfect starts with a bang - The Treblemaker's arrangement of the modern Rhianna classic "Don't Stop the Music". A perfect show opener or closer for your male a cappella group (4-parts plus solo, vocal percussion optional). The Kelly Clarkson's mega hit "Since U Been Gone" rocks out in this a cappella rendition from the Pitch Perfect soundtrack! Your guys will love performing this authentic a cappella mash-up of Bright Lights Bigger City / Magic.
Songlist: Right Round, Don't Stop the Music , Since U Been Gone, Bright Lights Bigger City / Magic
Review: Each exercise in this invaluable resource is designed to reinforce fundamental vocal concepts for choral and solo singers of any age. Organized in 11 focused categories, the purpose of every warm-up is evident, and clearly-stated directions optimize growth. Supportive piano accompaniments, including progressive modulations, are lightly-orchestrated on the enclosed recording---perfect for ensemble rehearsals, studio lessons, or at-home practice. As an added bonus, PDF files on the enhanced CD provide extracted vocal lines on reproducible singer pages. An instructional book you will use again and again! Topics Include beginning warm-Ups, posture, vowels, breath support, tone quality, diction, dynamics, articulations, diphthongs, blend, scales, intervals, harmony, and more.
Songlist: Beginning Warm-Ups, Posture, Feet are Firmly Planted, Relax, Release, Though The Notes May Rise, Vowels, Drop Your Jaw, With a Joyful Tone, Breath Support, Flying, Sighing, Resist Caving In, Take Time To Breath, Tone Quality, Don't Want To Be Throaty, Never Louder Than Lovely, Project, Diction, Consonants Are Planned, The Lips, the Tongue, the Tip of the Teeth, Dynamics / Articulations, Sing legato, Sing Staccato, Sing We Sforzando, We Are Crescendoing, A Diphthong Song, Flexibility, Listen and Blend, Syncopation, Scales / Intervals, Harmony
Review: At the heart of every vocal group is the music it performs. This often means writing its own arrangements of popular or traditional songs. This book is the long-awaited definitive work on the subject, wide ranging both in its scope and in its target audience - which spans beginners, music students, and community groups to professional and semi-professional performers, vocal/instrumental songwriters, composers, and producers - providing genre-specific insight on a cappella writng. The tone of the book is instructive and informative, yet conversational: it is intended to stand alongside any academic publication while remaining interesting and fun. Dubbed "the Father of Contemporary A Cappella" author Deke Sharon has firmly established himself as one of the leading vocal harmony talents today having arranged over 2,000 songs which are published worldwide. Deke was vocal producer on NBC's "The Sing-Off" and served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal's "Pitch Perfect" movie. A Cappella Arranging is a good textbook - and a "good read" - for every vocal arranger, whether amateur or professional; every vocal music classroom, and any professional recording studio. We highly recommend this book.
Songlist: Basic Arranging in 10 Steps, Principals in Arranging, What is Arranging?, The Arranging Sprectrum, Discovering Your Toolkit, Transcription, Five Myths About Music Making, Vocal Conventions, Song Selection, Listening to the Original, Listening to Other Versions, Form and Conceptualization, Preparing Your Materials, Melody and Lyrics, The Bass Line, Background Vocals, Final Touches, Record / Rehearse, In Depth Analyses, Change Up and Clever Bits, Arranging For Other Vocal Formats, Vocal Percusion, Specific A Cappella Styles, Writing For Your Own Group, Writing Medleys, Breaking the Block, Final Thoughts