In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
A selection of music songbooks and sheet music arrangements for mixed voice 5 parts.
Songbooks and Collections
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Benjamin Britten : Choral Dances from Gloriana
At the opening of Act 2 of Gloriana, Queen Elizabeth 1 is on a state visit to Norwich. After a formal address of welcome she is entertained by a Masque. To these unaccompanied Choral Dances, dancers representing Time and Concord, country girls and young rustics and fishermen all pay homage and tribute to the Queen
Songlist: Time, Concord, Time and Concord, Country Girls, Rustics and Fishermen, Final Dance of Homage
Bob Chilcott : North American Folksongs
Bob Chilcott joined the King's Singers in 1987 and sang tenor in the group for 12 years while also serving as their primary arranger. This collection includes 8 favorite North American folksongs, now available for the first time in a single volume. Piano for rehearsal only.
Songlist: Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair, Feller From Fortune, The Gift To Be Simple, The Golden Variety, I Bought Me A Cat, L'Habitant De Saint Barbe, The Lazy Man, She's Like The Swallow
Charles Villiers Stanford : Three Motets, Op. 38
Irish composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford composed a substantial number of concert works, including seven symphonies, but his best-remembered pieces are his choral works for church performance, chiefly composed in the Anglican tradition.
Songlist: Justorum animae, Coelos ascendit hodie, Beati quorum via
Deke Sharon : A Cappella Jazz Classics
This five-song volume includes songs your jazz ensemble will love to sing! Each of these songs is a classic on its own, and in the hands of master a cappella arranger Deke Sharon they become true vocal jazz classics. "Always" is 4-part SATB, with the melody passing among the parts. "Blue Skies" is Sop/Mezzo/Alto/Tenor/Bass, with the Alto written as "optional" (in case you need to sing it with just four parts) and includes a scat break. "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" is scored for SATB with a baritone solo - a very cool jazz waltz! Everyone gets a turn in "Route 66," both with the melody and little scat opportunities. Finally, "What'll I Do" is a gorgeous 4-part rubato ballad spiced with plaintive triplets echoing the refrain in thebackground. A real winner!
Songlist: Always, Blue Skies, Oh What A Beautiful Morning, What'll I Do, Route 66
Deke Sharon : A Cappella Jazz Standards Vol 1
This collection features five-part arrangements of your favorite jazz standards. Most are SATB plus solo, but "Autumn Leaves" is five luscious parts.
Songlist: Autumn Leaves, Fever , I Could Write A Book, If I Loved You , It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Steppin' Out With My Baby, Walkin' My Baby Back Home
Deke Sharon : Best of NBC's The Sing-Off Vol 2
"Use Somebody" was the opening number of Season 2 of NBC's The Sing-Off, this 2009 #1 hit by Kings of Leon arranged for the combined vocal groups creates a mesmerizing texture of sound, with a world-beat vocal groove, compelling lyrics and riveting modulations that will absolutely astonish your audience. "I've Got the Music in Me" - This 1970s tune originally recorded by Kiki Dee reaches a new level in this a cappella rendition! Guaranteed to get both the choir and the audience moving! "With A Little Help From My Friends" - This soulful "vocals only" setting of the Lennon & McCartney classic in a style reminiscent of Joe Cocker's famous rendition offers a powerful, uplifting message to today's choirs and audiences.
Songlist: I've Got the Music in Me, With A Little Help From My Friends, Use Somebody
Deke Sharon : A Cappella Jazz Americana
Yes, you want to sing patriotic songs, but you want them with a bit of a contemporary twist? Then check out these charts by Deke Sharon. Standard "America The Beautiful" is scored SATB w/solo (alto or baritone), with a 12/8 groove. George M. Cohan's "Yankee Doodel Dandy" is a driving swing, with unexpected syncopations and some whistling with an SSATB voicing. Then there's Neil Diamond's "(Coming to) America" - a contemporary ode to our country of immigrants (SSATB). Lee Greenwood's modern anthem "God Bless The USA" is designed to send shivers down the spines and bring audiences to their feet. And finally, you can rock out to the Steve Miller Band chart "Living In The USA" - SSAB w/tenor solo - with a decidedly more jaundiced view of American culture. A little something for everyone!
Songlist: America, God Bless The USA , Living In The USA , America, The Beautiful, Yankee Doodle Dandy
Deke Sharon : A Cappella Modern Broadway
Featuring favorites off the great white way from 21st century hits "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Movin' Out," "Chicago," "The Producers" and "Hairspray." All are at least 4-part, some are 5.
Songlist: Forget About The Boy, Movin' Out (Anthony's Song), Razzle Dazzle , Til Him , Timeless To Me
Edward Elgar : Five Unaccompanied Part Songs
Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO was an English composer. Several of his first major works, including the Enigma Variations and the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, were greeted with acclaim. He also composed oratorios, chamber music, symphonies, instrumental concertos, and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924. Elgar's part songs, written in 1914 to be sung by choirs of all levels. Includes op. 71, 72 and 73 for SATB with divisions. Piano for rehearsal only.
Songlist: The Shower, The Fountain, Death on the Hills, Love's Tempest, Serenade
Edward Elgar : The Later Part Songs
Unaccompanied poetry settings from the period 1902-1925, for SATB with divisions. Includes piano part for rehearsal purposes.
Songlist: Evening Scene, Weary Wind of the West, The Prince of Sleep
Eric Whitacre : A Cappella Arrangements 1
The powerful fusion of Octavio Paz's Spanish text and Eric Whitacre's musical imagery has made 'Cloudburst a favorite with good high school choirs and beyond in the U.S. and abroad. Of timeless beauty, 'Waternight' speaks to singers and audiences of all generations, offering a high point in any concert program. A Boy and a Girl is a tender, delicate poem put to music by Eric Whitacre. It was commissioned by the 2002 California All-State Chorus. 'When David Heard' uses the text of David, lamenting the slaying of his son Absalom (II Samuel 18:33). It is a major work, with great dramatic moments describing the feeling of a father's loss.
Songlist: Cloudburst, Waternight, A Boy and a Girl, When David Heard
Gabriel Jackson : A Cappella Works Vol 2
The short expressive piece "Ah, mine heart" sets a fifteenth-century penitential poem of great fervour. Jackson alternates a refrain in a simple plainsong style with more passionate, homophonic verses, to powerful effect. A setting of the Trinity Sunday text with achingly pure and fluid melodic lines feature throughout, imbuing the piece with characteristic clarity and luminosity. The change to A major for 'Trinitati in Unitate' is radiant, as is the final section, in which the choir divides into eight parts to proclaim the glory of the Trinity. Uplifting and powerful, this is rewarding music for committed choirs. Composed for the Feast of Corpus Christi, "O Sacrum Convivium" has a poise and beauty rare in choral music. Jackson uses the full sonic opportunities offered by the divided scoring, moving effortlessly from controlled meditation to ecstatic fervour, all delivered with absolute belief and clarity. The anthem "Now I Have Known, O Lord" is set to a text by the 10th-century Sufi mystic, Al-Junaid. For the most part, the mood is intimate and introspective; intertwining, whispered melodies, sometimes in free time, alternate with quiet homophony. There is a moment of soaring, unrestrained ecstasy towards the end of the piece before it draws to a hushed conclusion. Suitable for a variety of occasions, this is beautiful, challenging music for serious choirs.
Songlist: Ah, mine heart, Hymn to the Trinity (Honor, Virtus, et Potestas), Lux Mortuorum, Now I Have Known, O Lord, O Sacrum Convivium, Tomorrow Go Ye Forth
Harrison Birtwistle : Three Latin Motets from 'The Last Supper'
The 'Three Latin Motets' were written as choral 'Visions' in the dramatic tableaux 'The last Supper.' The Visions cut across the physical action of the drama, taking us through Christ's Passion in reverse order: The Crucifixion (O bone Jesu), The Stations of the Cross (Pange lingua) and The Betrayal (In supremae nocte cenae). In the opera, the motets are pre-recorded, but are here available for separate concert performance.
Songlist: O bone Jesu, Pange lingua, In supremae nocte cenae,
Imant Raminsh : Earth Chants - Native American Songs
This set of seven movements uses a broad palette of choral orchestration. The first piece, "The Lands Around My Dwelling" (Inuit), features free and changing meters and frequent divisi. Movement two, "As My Eyes Search" (Chippewa), is energized by close canonic entries. Movement three "War Song" (Sioux), is a vigorous piece with canonic imitation and some tone clustering, starting with a single voice parts and expanding to full SSAATTBB texture. Movement four, "Love Song" (Nahuatl), in alternating 8/8 and 9/8 is a lyrical, rhapsodic setting of a ravishing text. Movement five, "Pleasant It Looked" (Winnebago), features a soprano soloist (imitating a boy soprano) and is a quiet meditation. Movement six, "Upward Going" (Tewa), is again move vigorous, and Movement seven "Two Dream Songs" (Wintu), concludes the work in a quiet benediction.
Songlist: War Song , Upward Going , Two Dream Songs, Pleasant It Looked , Love Song , The Lands Around My Dwelling , As My Eyes Search
John Tavener : Two From Tavener
Songlist: Le Roy Kyrie, Christe Jesu, pastor bone
K. Scott Warren : Three Spirituals
This lively setting of 'Ain'-a That Good News' is perfect for all choirs looking to energize any church service or concert. A chromatic modulation jump starts each new verse, as the energy and excitement is ratcheted up a notch. The canon in the penultimate verse adds variety to the otherwise homophonic texture, and the music finishes brightly with volume and excitement. Warren rejuvenates 'Go Tell it on the Mountain' by skilfully varying the metre between 7/8 and 6/8 in the refrain and presenting each verse differently. This clever arrangement is perfectly suited for concerts and church services alike. In the haunting and plaintive setting of 'Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,' Warren creatively evokes a stark tone of loneliness and despair with descending chromatic inner voices in the opening. What follows is a rich, reflective harmonic texture filled with chromatic surprises.
Songlist: Ain'-a That Good News, Go, tell it on the mountain, Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
King's Singers : Simple Gifts
Based on their Grammy Award-winning album, this compilation by The King's Singers features an eclectic collection of songs. A stunning variety of folksongs, spirituals and pop songs.
Songlist: Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Deep River, The Gift to Be Simple, Helplessly Hoping, I Love My Love, She's Always A Woman, The Turtle Dove, Valparaiso, When She Loved Me, You Are The New Day, You Can Close Your Eyes
King's Singers : Five Chinese Folksongs
The popularity of Chinese folk music makes this King's Singers collection especially useful by choirs worldwide. Includes English translations and pronunciation helps.
Songlist: Diu Diu Tang (Drip, Drip, Plop), Hsiao Cheng Ku Shih (Small Town Story), Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower), Tien Kung Lok Sui (Rain Is Falling From the Sky), Zai Na Yao Yuan De Di Dang (In The Distant Place)
King's Singers : Swimming Over London
This collection of selected songs from the King's Singers album Swimming over London is a mixture of King's Singers pop favorites and brand new songs and arrangements.
Songlist: Andromeda, Angel , By The Time, Don't Know Why, Hide and Seek, Home, I'm Yours, It's A New World, Lazybones/ Lazy River, Swimming Over London
King's Singers : Encores
Enjoy the applause as your group performs some of the most often requested King's Singers selections in a variety of styles.
Songlist: The Barber of Seville Overature, Chanson D'Amour, The Creole Love Call, Honey Pie, I Know an Old Lady (There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly),, If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band), Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da, The Pirate King, Seaside Rendezvous
King's Singers : 40th Anniversary Collection
To celebrate their 40th anniversary the Kings Singers compiled a collection of their most-requested arrangements from the past 15 years since the release of the still best-selling 25th anniversary songbook. Some. like "Danny Boy", "All I Ask Of You" and "Blackbird" date from earlier in the group's history but are still performed regularly by the group and choirs all over the world. Others, such as "Down To The River To Pray", "Under The Sea" and "Africa" have already established themselves in the repertoire of many groups they come in contact with on their tours. Here, then, is a carefully selected mix of folk songs, pop songs and spirituals plus the exquisite Victorian parlor song "The Long Day Closes".
Songlist: Africa, All I Ask Of You, Blackbird, Danny Boy, Down to The River to Pray, The Little Drummer Boy, The Long Day Closes, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Penny Lane, Rise Up, Shepherd, And Follow, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Under The Sea, The Water Is Wide
King's Singers : The Quiet Heart: Choral Essays Vol 1
From the King's Singers' exquisite album The Quiet Heart - Choral Essays Volume 1, drawn from the sacred repertoire of the Salvation Army, these 13 selections are a reflective musical journey into the spirit. The invitation to perform in March 2005 as guest of the marvellous Hendon Salvation Army Band in heir special concert "Hendon Highlights" at London's Royal Festival Hall led to a relationship which resulted in the re-arranging and recording of 19 beautiful hymns for the CD, The Quiet Heart, on the SP&S label.Rather then just perform what were in many cases simple four-part hymns, they decided to take advantage of their six-part status, and so the hymns were mostly re-arranged with the inclusion of low 5ths to complement bass notes, double tunes (soprano and baritone) and the occasional extra harmony note. Some had Piano accompaniment, so for these they either converted them into vocal accompaniments or wrote a new vocal pattern to go with the tune. So here is the companion volume to the CD, in which we have included 13 of the tracks in the exact voicings as heard on the album. They work equally well in a concert hall or in a church.
Songlist: All For Thee, By His Hand, Christ's Part, Even Me, Grant Us Thy Peace, His Provision, Home To Thee (From Reflections), In The Secret Of Thy Presence, Intercede, O Lord, The Quiet Heart, Spirit Divine, To The Hills, When We Cannot See Our Way
Mark Hayes : Four A Cappella Spirituals
For the first time, four of Mark's best a cappella spiritual settings are published as a collection. These spirited titles are filled with Hayes' signature jazz-tinged harmonies, call and answer writing, engaging syncopations and show-stopper endings. Program that separately or as a Mark Hayes "set" in your next concert. For high school, college, community and church choirs who like a challenge.
Songlist: Ain't-a That Good News!, Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit, Ezekiel Saw The Wheel, Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name
Mike Brewer : Oalla Mohololi - Three Songs From Africa
Mike Brewer's Choral World Tour brings together traditional songs from around the world in exciting a cappella arrangements that will both challenge and stimulate your choir. Each piece is accompanied by a translation and pronunciation guide. In this collection, feel the pulsing rhythms of South Africa, experience the solid harmonies of a Namibian chorus, and experiment with the vocal techniques used in Tunisian song.
Songlist: Oalla Mohololi (Sotho ceremonial song from South Africa), Meguru (Kavango song from Namibia), Yelli bo'dek dhaya fikri (Love song from Tunisia)
Mike Brewer : Three Songs From Asia
Mike Brewer's Choral World Tour brings together traditional songs from around the world in exciting a cappella arrangements that will both challenge and stimulate your choir. Each piece is accompanied by a translation and pronunciation guide. In this collection, feel the warmth of a Maori love song, experience intricate pentatonic part-song from China, and incorporate Bengalese percussion into your performance.
Songlist: Pokarekare, Holday danaa, Molihua
Mike Brewer : Korobushka - Three Songs From Europe
Mike Brewer's Choral World Tour brings together traditional songs from around the world in exciting a cappella arrangements that will both challenge and stimulate your choir. Each piece is accompanied by a translation and pronunciation guide. In this collection of three songs from Europe, feel the rush of Russian dance, experiment with the sounds of Scandinavia and step back in time to Renaissance France.
Songlist: Korobushka (Love song from Russia), Kvolda Tekur (Icelandic folksong), Tourdion (Renaissance dance song from France)
Milton Babbitt : Music For The Mass
An early work by Milton Babbitt, it employs a rigorous contrapuntal style and demonstrates a stunning command of advanced compositional techniques including inverted counterpoint, juxtapositions of motifs and extreme chromaticism, yet remains eminently singable and melodic.
Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei
Moses Hogan : Traditional Spirituals 3
More of Moses Hogan's most exciting arrangements.
Songlist: I Know The Lord's Laid His Hands On Me, Little David, Play On Your Harp, Ride On, King Jesus, Standing In Need Of A Prayer, Steal Away, There Is A Balm In Gilead, Jesus Lay Your Head In The Window
New York Voices : New York Voices Collection Vol 1
NEW YORK VOICES is the Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing. Like the great groups that have come before, such as Lambert, Hendrick and Ross, Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, they have learned from the best and taken the art form to new levels. Written by Caprice Fox and arranged by Darmon Meader, New York Voices' A Cappella arrangement of 'Silence of Time' is a gorgeous rubato vignette for the mature vocal group. Intriguing harmonies and voicings give this arrangement its rich texture. In the tradition of jazz vocalese, Duke Ellington's 'Caravan' comes alive with new lyrics and additional new music. An exciting and challenging program selection for the more advanced vocal jazz ensemble. Heavily influenced by Chick Corea, 'The sultan Fainted,' a Darmon Meader/Peter Eldridge original, combines HIGH energy Brazilian rhythm with intricate harmonies and wacky lyrics! 'To Dare the Moon' incorporates lush voicings, alternating between samba and funk/rock grooves. Open solo sections add plenty of variety to this exciting original. 'Sign of Spring' is set in a Brazilian funk style. With an opening section in Portuguese moving to solos in English then dynamic chorus sections, this is one of the most exciting new charts we've seen. Very, very hip! The funk/rock song, 'National Amnesia,' by Darmon Meader has become very popular for the right reasons. Very hip voicings combine with a message that is right for today.
Songlist: Silence of Time, Caravan, The Sultan Fainted, To Dare The Moon , Sign of Spring, National Amnesia
New York Voices : New York Voices Collection Vol 2
Here are more dazzling arrangements by the world-famous vocal group, New York Voices. ''Round Midnight' opens as a rubato ballad, then solo alternating with choral sections building to a double-time vocal scat solo. After the solos, then vocals build to a dramatic and strong ending climax. 'Baroque Samba' opens in four-part with a traditional Baroque approach, then surprisingly changes to samba style. This chart is appropriate for an array of concert programming. In 'Now or Never,' an unusual and lovely opening leads to the solo soprano verse, which alternates with a fun and catchy chorus. A recurring mixed meter section and beautiful lyrics add to make this a popular favorite. 'Sassy Samba' is a smooth yet driving Jimmy Heath samba with soli opening that leads to a soprano solo, then alternates group vocals with solo breaks, a vocal percussion section and drum solo. Packed with fun and lots of audience appeal. 'Open Invitation,' a New York Voices original, is set in a relaxed Brazilian style. The song contains smooth melodic content and lush harmonies. This is a great alto feature which builds to an exciting vamp.
Songlist: Round Midnight, Baroque Samba, Now Or Never, Sassy Samba, Open Invitation
New York Voices : New York Voices Collection Vol 3
Continued, by popular demand, we bring you another set of fun vocal arrangements, as performed by New York Voices. 'Stolen Moments,' a fresh jazz treatment of the Oliver Nelson classic features an opening alto solo. The open improvisation section features the string voicings of the New York Voices. A must for your jazz library. 'Do You Wanna Know What I Want, a New York Voices original, is a pop-flavored tune boasts a strong female solo and a killer soli section. 'Top Secret' is a Vocal version of the popular Yellowjackets original with lyrics by members of the New York Voices. An exciting arrangement with striking group harmonies and a soaring soprano solo section. Four-part vocals in a rock setting with male solo and a solo break make 'Street Party' a winner! This chart by Peter Eldridge of the New York Voices packs lots of entertainment. SATB with rhythm section and synthesizer. Caprice Fox wrote the lyrics for New York Voices' fabulous arrangement of 'Who Knows.' Set in a rock ballad style, the sound of this original is rich and rhythmic, yet very sensitive.
Songlist: Stolen Moments, Do You Know Wanna Know What I Want, Street Party, Who Knows?
Noah Greenberg : English Medieval and Renaissance Songbook
This treasury of 47 vocal works - edited by Noah Greenberg, founder and former director of the New York Pro Music Antiqua - will delight all lovers of medieval and Renaissance music. Containing a wealth of both religious and secular music from the 12th to the 17th centures, the collection covers a broad range of moods, from the hearty 'Blow thy Horne thou Jolly Hunter' by William Cornysh to the reflective and elegiac 'Cease Mine Eyes' by Thomas Morley.
Songlist: Crist and Saint Marie, Man Mei Longe, Worlds Blis Ne Last, Jesu Cristes Milde Moder, Edi Beo Thu Hevene Quene, Sumer is Icumen In, Alleluya Psallat, Angelus Ad Virginum, Beata Progenies, Alas Departynge is Ground of Woo, Sancta Maria, Sanctus, Deo Gracias Anglia (The Agincourt Carol), Nova, nova, Nowel Syng We Bothe Al and Som, Quid Petis O Fili, With Owt Dyscorde, O My Hart, A Robyn Gentil Robyn, Blow Thy Horne Hunter, Gloria, Agnus Dei, Salvator Mundi, Susanna Fayre Sometime Assaulted Was, Emendemus in Melius, When First by Force of Fatall Destenie, About the May Pole, Leave Alas This Tormenting, Cease Mine Eyes, I Goe Before My Darling, and more
Palestrina : Missa Papae Marcelli
Missa Papae Marcelli, or Pope Marcellus Mass, is Palestrina's most well-known and most often-performed mass, and is frequently taught in university courses on music. The mass is freely composed, not based upon a cantus firmus or parody. It is a six-voice mass, though the use of the full forces is reserved for specific climactic portions in the text, and voice combinations are varied throughout the piece. It is set primarily in a homorhythmic, declamatory style, with little overlapping of text and a general preference for block chords such that the text, unlike many polyphonic masses of the 16th century, can clearly be heard in performance.
Songlist: Kyrie, Gloria, Gloria: Qui tollis, Credo, Credo: Crucifixus, Credo: Et in spiritum sanctum, Sanctus, Sanctus: Hosanna in excelsis, Sanctus: Benedictus, Agnus Dei I & II
Palestrina : Canticum Canticorum - 29 Motets for 5-part mixed choir
Palestrina first published his 29 five-part motets, to words from King Soloman's Song of Songs, in 1583-1584 in Rome. These are most rewarding and challenging pieces for ensembles looking to add to their repertoire.
Songlist: Osculetur me, Trahe me, Nigra sum, sed formosa, Vineam meam non custodivi, Si ignoras te, Pulchrae sunt genae tuae, Fasciculus myrrhae, Ecce tu pulcer es, Tota pulchra es, Vulnerasti cor meum, Sicut lilium inter spinas, Introduxit me rex, Laeva eius, Vox dilecti mei, Surge, propera amica mea, Surge, amica mea, Dilectus meus mihi, et ego illi, Surgam et circuibo civitatem, Adiuro vos, Capet eius, Dilectus meus descendit, Puchra es, amica mea, Qua est ista, Descendi in hortum nucum, Quam pulchri sunt, Duo ubera tua, Quam pulchra es, Guttur tuum, Veni, veni dilecte mi
Paul Mealor : Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Four madrigals on rose texts for unaccompanied SATB (with divisi). Commissioned by John Armitage Memorial and first performed by the joint choirs of the University of St. Andrews Chapel Choir, University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir and the Edinburgh University Chamber Choir, conducted by Michael Bawtree.
Songlist: Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal, Lady, When I Behold The Roses Sprouting, Upon A Bank With Roses About, A Spotless Rose
Paul Mealor : Ubi Caritas
Paul Mealor's setting of the Latin hymn, Ubi Caritas, was composed for the royal wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton and first performed by the Choirs of Westminster Abbey and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, St. James' Palace, conducted by James O'Donnell, at the wedding service at Westminster Abbey.
Philip Lawson : Five French Madrigals
Orlando di Lasso was a Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance known for his mature polyphonic style. Equally adept in many languages and both sacred and secular forms, his compositions remain a staple of the modern choral repertoire. This collection of French chansons includes five representative works and is an excellent value!
Songlist: Bonjour Mon Coeur, Dessus Le Marche, Paisible Domaine, Toutes Le Nuits, Vignon, Vignette
Philip Stopford : Choral Works
In 'For The Beauty of the Earth,' such beautiful words deserve to be set to equally beautiful music, and here the textures unfold and the piece blossoms from bar one to the end. Starting in two parts and organically growing to seven, the music is designed to lift the hearts of all that perform and hear it. A new work for a new day. Famously set to music by Thomas Tallis, and taking words from the gospel of John, 'If Ye Love Me' is a fresh attempt at this famous passage of scripture. Rich harmonies will resonate in your performance space, enveloping your listeners with a tapestry of sound. The famous text of 'Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day' receives a madrigal-like setting with vibrant mixed meters and colorful vocal textures. Excellent for chamber groups and a cappella programs, this fascinating and rewarding work will surely delight! A new and simple arrangement of the famous prayer"God Be in My Head" joins the existing repertoire with rich harmony and strong melodic line. "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" - soft, expressive and thought provoking phrasing shape this lovely setting for unaccompanied voices. With an interesting use of the 5/8 time signature, the melody flows endlessly and effortlessly.
Songlist: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, If Ye Love Me, For the Beauty of the Earth, Jesus Christ, The Apple Tree, God Be In My Head
Randy Crenshaw : Cool Contemporary Jazz
This tender a cappella treatment of John Coltrane's beautiful ballad, "Naima," without lyrics. It features a female soloist, with rich broken-chord harmonizations beneath. Randy has his "finger on the trigger" with this a cappella instrumental-style arrangement of the Quincy Jones' funk tune, "Love Is In Control." You'll have fun with this one! The first a cappella vocal version of this famous Chick Corea Latin classic, "Spain." This chart features a strong baritone or alto soloist in the rubato introduction, accompanied by thick vocal "spread voicings," then kicks into the familiar up-tempo samba feel, with quick octave unisons for all voices. After going through the tune, it opens up for improvisation solos over the chorus, with the bass singers continuing the samba-bass feel while the upper voices do horn-type hits and pads behind the soloist. A high, then low ending brings the piece to an impressive close. Requires good range by soprano and bass. First tenor part can be sung by alto if necessary. "Take 5" was commissioned by UNC for the Axidentals to sing on a special concert with the Dave Brubeck.
Songlist: Naima, Love Is In Control, Take Five, I Belong to You, Stolen Moments
Real Group : Arrangements of The Real Group Vol 1
'How Come It Is So Hard To Be The Way You Are' is a rockin' humorous look at today's society. The recording of the English version of this song can only be found on the album, 'Get Real.' 'Heavenly Crystal,' the english version of a folk song well known in Sweden, this arrangement is inspired by the music of J.S. Bach. Just plain cool - there's no other way to describe Anders Edenroth's newest arrangement, 'Words'! Edenroth has created a witty, sophisticated examination of the nature of 'words' - their sense, their social role, and the varied ways they can be sung and spoken - which will intrigue jazz choirs at all levels. "Gota" - Pronounced 'geu-ta' (hard 'g') - has its name from the Faeroe Islands in the Northern Atlantic. The music line and wordless vocal jazz treatment fuses with ethnic folk music in a truly original way. A true 'performance piece' and favorite in the repertoire of Swedish vocal giants The Real Group, Gota has quickly gained recognition world wide. For vocal jazz oriented high school and beyond.
Songlist: Words, Heavenly Crystal, How Come It Is So Hard To Be The Way You Are, Gota
Real Group : Arrangements of The Real Group Vol 4
"There Will Never Be Another You " is a sensitive treatment of the jazz standard that opens as a ballad before moving to a buoyant swing feel. Great tune, great arrangement. SATB a cappella with soprano solo. "Come Sunday" - Careful voice leading makes the contemporary harmonic changes and chord voicings in this chart quite accessible in this SSATBB a cappella arrangement. It features a strong 5 and 6 part into featuring the first chorus with a pyramid background behind a soprano melody moving into spread harmonies. The second chorus is open for a improvised solo with a tag over a 3-part harmonized background with walking bass. The chart ends with a 6-way harmonized "quasi-shout" chorus moving back into the origianl melody. Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" never had it so good in this marvelous Edenroth arrangement.
Songlist: There Will Never Be Another You , Come Sunday, Sir Duke, Very Early
Rene Clausen : A Cappella Compositions Vol. 3
This compilation contains six, delightful compositions by Rene Clausen for the express enjoyment of your mixed-voice group. "The Early Bird" is a tone poem that lets out all the stops, presenting a wonderful adventure for the advanced choir. "Song at Dusk" is much like a vocal tone poem, in how the soaring melodies dramatically illuminate the poem (by Leigh Haynes). "Plenty Good Room" is guaranteed to bring down the house, swinging with classy, jazz element including a scat solo. "Alleluia" is a dramatic piece containging marvelous harmonic build-up and a sensitive ending. "In the Bleak Midwinter" is a composition based on a poem by Christina Rossetti that was originally a Christmas poem expressing her piety and love for the beauty of nature. "Canticle of Praise" was originally written for the King's Singers (a 6-man ensemble) and the Morman Tabernacle Choir, however, this publication is the version re-scored by the Clausen for performance by his Concordia Choir.
Songlist: The Early Bird, Song at Dusk, Plenty Good Room, Alleluia, In the Bleak Midwinter, Canticle of Praise
Robert H. Young : Poems Set to Music
Robert Young's choral writings are famous for their warm, rich voicings, suspensions and resolutions. Using the poem of one of his favorite authors, Christina Rossetti, he has created another small masterpiece. The setting of "Lovesight" illuminates the rich beauty of the Dante Rossetti text. The expression is full and deep in both word and music. Using a cappella voices and violin obbligato, the new American sea-chantey "Annabel Lee" mourns the loss of the storyteller's love, Annabel Lee. An excellent concert piece for high school. The title "Chanticleer" alone makes us think of musical excellence, and Robert Young's setting of the William Austin (1587-1633) poem more than meets the demand. Celebrating the incarnation of Christ, this piece contains the classic sounds for which Robert Young has become famous. Excellent for church or concert.
Songlist: Somewhere, Lovesight, Annabel Lee, Chanticleer
Robin Holloway : Five Madrigals for Unaccompanied Mixed Voices
Ranging between 4 and 6 parts, these 5 delightful madrigals were composed by noted arranger Robin Holloway and were set to the poems of T.S. Elliot and one of James Joyce. Fun!
Songlist: Ecce Puer , Children's Voices, Eyes That Last I Saw In Tears, Voices Of Birds, Red River
Steven Sametz : The Heroine Triumphant
A medley of songs (opening with a barbershop quartet) from the 1890's with soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists. The Heroine Triumphant links four songs which together trace the story of a young girl who comes to town in search of her brother ("Mother Was a Lady"); she is cruelly deceived by a drummer, an unscrupulous low-life, claiming to know her brother. He proposes marriage, but in "Take Back Your Gold" we find his intentions are less than honorable. The heroine finds herself alone and cast out in "She Is More To Be Pitied Than Censured." Finally, she rises above her misery and woe to find a new life in "Ta-ra-ra-Boom-de-ay!" The opening barbershop quartet may be sung by a small ensemble, but the character voices of the narrator and the drummer should be assigned to soloists. The Heroine Triumphant easily lends itself to some simple staging. Fun!
Songlist: Mother Was A Lady, Take Back Your Gold, She Is More To Be Pitied Than Censured, Ta-ra-ra-Boom-de-ay
Various Arrangers : Hit Songs for Mixed Voices
"Hallelujah" - This well-crafted a cappella arrangement emphasizes the plaintive, haunting song written by Leonard Cohen, and alternates between a four-part texture and more fully voiced chords. Mesmerizing! "Hawaii Five-O Theme" - It's the instantly recognized theme from the incredibly popular TV show, now familiar to a new generation of fans in the 2010 version of the series. A great a cappella showcase for pop, jazz and show choirs, your singers will build performance skills and have fun in the process! "Skyfall" - The hit single by Adele from the motion picture Skyfall has been creatively arranged by J.A.C Redford, the orchestrator of the film. Using vocal percussion and divisi vocal parts, J.A.C. has created a setting that is perfect for jazz and show choirs as well as concert choirs."Waiting on the World to Change" - John Mayer's groovy, soulful anthem in full, 5-part a cappella harmony with solo (duet on the choruses). Light reggae groove/feel woven among pop harmonies above a playful bass line. Vocal percussion optional.
Songlist: Hallelujah, Hawaii Five-O Theme, Skyfall, Waiting on the World to Change
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This popular standard from the 1940s has been recorded by dozens of artists, including Nat King Cole, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald and more. This choral setting is full-voiced with a rich piano accompaniment, making it an excellent choice for community choirs and pop and jazz groups from high school through adult. Duration: ca. 3:30.
Arranger: Paul Langford | Composer: William Best
Featured on NBC's The Sing-Off, this #1 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. Duration: ca. 2:30.
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Composer: Jennifer Warnes | Performed By: The Sing-Off
From Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, this artful setting of this haunting song by Annie Lennox features a soloist with choral background and percussion. This long-anticipated edition will enhance many concert programs. ScorePlay - click to view score with recording.
Arranger: Craig Hella Johnson | Composer: Annie Lennox | Performed By: Annie Lennox
Composer Dominick DiOrio has been called a forward-thinking young composer, ready to tackle anything and this exciting piece definitely falls under anything. Written for the virtuosic Houston Chamber Choir and their artistic director, Robert Simpson, this piece makes use of a virtuosic marimba player as well as choir. All musicians must be able to produce a stark pianissimo and a flexible and powerful fortissimo, all with exceptional tonal clarity and expressive declamation of the poerty. Duration ca: 15:00
Composer: Dominick DiOrio
Rich chords and interesting vocal lines fill this lush setting of Edgar Allan Poe's A Dream Within a Dream. The composer has captured the mystery and wonder of the poem through his harmonic and textural choices. A good challenge for high school singers and above. Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.
Composer: Tesfa Yohannes Wondemagegnehu
Well suited as an opener, anthem or closer, this work has multiple use for high school and beyond, and for church choirs as well. Optional brass quintet and timpani adds vibrant excitement to this jubilant piece! Brass (Trumpet 1-2, Trombone 1-2, Tuba) and Timpani score and parts available separately. Duration: ca. 3:30.
Composer: Jeffery L. Ames
Burt Bacharach and Hal David's powerful ballad from Promises, Promises 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. Available separately: SATB divisi, SSAA, TTBB. Duration: ca. 3:45.
A Lover's Journey is a set of four pieces which chronicle the extraordinarily commonplace yet supremely elegant story of love. Written as a Valentine to The King's Singers, the composer uses three texts by William Shakespeare and one by James Joyce. Movements include: 1) In the Still Garden; 2) St. Valentine's Day; 3) Will you, Nill you; 4) Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
Composer: Libby Larsen
The composer has set Garrison Keillor's lovely words with sensitivity and care, evoking the warmth, longing and hopefulness of love. The setting allows for the choir to be driven by the natural rhythm and text stress of the poetry to shape each phrase. A beautiful love song not to be missed. Duration: ca. 5:00
Composer: Benjamin Kornelis
Moses Hogan's contemporary settings of spirituals, original compositions, and other works have been enthusiastically accepted by audiences around the globe and have become staples in the repertoires of high school, college, church, community and professional choirs everywhere.
Arranger: Moses Hogan | Composer: Traditional
Here is another example of Eric Barnum's masterful blending of great poetry and sensitive music, ending with a soaring soprano solo. A fine festival piece for high school choirs and beyond, this work offers a great palette of expression for the choir. Duration: ca. 5:40.
Composer: Eric William Barnum
The contemplatively lyrical poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay finds a pefect match in Eric Barnum's evocative setting, perfect for more sophisticated high school, college or community choirs. Of medium difficulty, it would make an especially lovely feature item for a spring concert. Duration: ca. 5:10
Composer: Eric William Barnum
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 | TV/Movie: Alfie
NBC's sensational singing competition The Sing-Off continued its popularity again in 2011 with an exuberant celebration of the Lionel Richie #1 hit from 1983. Mesmerizing vocal grooves combine with solos and duets to create a joyful showcase for all types of vocal ensembles!
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Performed By: Lionel Richie
This beloved American folk lullaby incorporates the repeated word hush-a-bye throughout the arrangement, creating a sweet and calming effect as the melody weaves in and out between the different vocal lines. Simple and straightforward, the setting imparts a quiet note of sadness and longing. Duration: ca. 2:40. Recorded by the Yale Glee Club, Jeffrey Douma, conductor.
Arranger: Jeffrey Douma
Create a magical moment in your concert with this full-voiced setting of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II standard. Perfect for college level and up, the rich divisi choral textures are supported by the virtuoso piano accompaniment.Available separately: SATB. Duration: ca. 3:20.
Arranger: Janet Whitcomb Pummill | Composer: Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
Lee Scott has established a reputation of excellent choral writing for the a cappella choir. This familiar song has been graced with Mr. Scott's careful placement of pitches to ensure a beautiful rendition. This selection will work well with a church choir, good high school or college choir, or a community chorale. Available: SATB divisi a cappella.
Arranger: K. Lee Scott
One of the latest hotly-anticipated choral works from Eric Whitacre, Alleluia is sure to be popular with choirs for concerts and liturgical services and events alike. The work simply sets one word - Alleluia - and embodies Whitacre's trademark style. Duration: ca. 10:00.
Composer: Eric Whitacre
As one of America's exciting young composers, Dominick DiOrio is stretching the boundaries of choral music. In Alleluia, he explores the percussive qualities of the voice and the lyrical quality of the marimba and the result is an energetic and exciting new experience for all. Duration: ca. 6:00
Composer: Dominick DiOrio
Not for the faint of heart! This challenging jazz setting of the traditional folk hymn offers substantial challenges and myriad rewards, with its colorful harmonies and surprising shifts in tonality. Available: SATB divisi a cappella. Duration: ca. 2:45.
Arranger: Greg Jasperse
This work is set to a stunning love poem, which translates to "You are the Love of my Soul". It was written in the early 1500s by Spanish author Garcilaso de la Vega. It may be performed with or without the accompaniment. For advanced high school or college. Moderately difficult.
Composer: Z. Randall Stroope
Here is the second movement and emotional heart of Heavenly Home: Three American Songs. Simple, soaring descants, countermelodies, and rich harmonic textures provide a symphonic breadth to this arrangement that encompasses the full, four-octave range of the choral instrument. Duration: ca. 6:15.
Arranger: Shawn Kirchner | Composer: William Bradbury
Contemporary Polish choral music is accessible and interesting for both the singer and the listener. With close harmonies and a dramatic ending, this is a beautiful song that a seasoned high school or collegiate mixed ensemble will enjoy. This is the first in a series of compositions from Poland, secured and prepared by Dr. Richard Zielinski.
Composer: Pawel Lukaszewski | Country: Poland
This haunting ballad was a #1 hit in 16 countries, including the U.S., making it one of the biggest songs of 2008. The setting is in the contemporary collegiate a cappella style, featuring simple lines layered into a complex, rich interwoven texture, supporting a gorgeous tenor solo.
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Composer: Ryan Tedder | Performed By: Timberland
This buoyant work for mixed chorus is filled with vibrant rhythm and sonorous call and response between the men and women's voices. Featuring the beloved text from Song of Solomon, this setting is ideal for school and community choirs, especially in spring concerts. Duration: ca. 3:40.
Composer: Rosephanye Powell
Featuring the poem Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon, written shortly after the end of World War I, Armistice 1918 is a celebratory work stemming from themes of victory and revolution. Challenging yet singable, with a virtuosic piano part, this setting will make a good addition to honor choir and festival choir repertoire. Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.
Composer: Craig Carnahan
Written in remembrance of a loved one, this work has its given place as a concert centerpiece. The composer's style touches on the French romantic masters, bringing a rich variation of colors to the performance. Duration: ca. 6:30.
Composer: Sydney Guillaume | Country: France
This rich setting of the Ave Maria text captures the essence of sincerity and transformation through the progression of harmonies. The thrilling cluster chords epitomize the challenging moments in life as they relax into the simplicity of open consonance. A stunning work for capable mixed choirs from high school and up!
Composer: John Conahan
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