In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
A selection of music songbooks and sheet music arrangements for mixed voice 6 parts.
Songbooks and Collections
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Elena Kats-Chernin : Doo
Doo was commissioned by the Fourth International Choral Symposium held in Sydney. The themes of this piece was inspired by a documentary on children in Bosnia during the war. They were playing on the exciting but dangerous side of the street while their mothers called them to go home to comparative safety. Nonsense syllables were chosen for the children's games while strong rhythms in the mixed chorus represent the war. The six solo voice ensemble is used to express the calling of the mothers. The location is not specific as war continues in many parts of the world with children suffering the most.
John Sheppard : Missa Cantate
This practical performing edition is based on the single extant manuscript preserved at the Bodleian Library. The beautiful and well-written Missa Cantate (Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) follows the well-established technique of drawing some material, usually the cantus firmus, from a pre-existing work.
Songlist: Missa Cantate, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei
John Tavener : Funeral Ikos
A sacred work for unaccompanied SSATBB choir, using text from The Order for the Burial of Dead Priests, translated from Greek by Isabel Hapgood. Vocal score with piano accompaniment for rehearsal purposes.
King's Singers : Postcards
In their travels, the King's Singers have amassed a wonderful collection of songs from countries around the world that they regularly visit. Featured on their album, Postcards, here are several of their favorites. Bon voyage! Includes: Arirang (Korea), Pokarekare Ana (New Zealand), The Oak and the Ash (England), Botany Bay (Australia), Es dunkelt schon in der Heide (Germany), O My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose (Scotland), El Vito (Andalusia), Little David, Play on Your Harp (America).
Songlist: Arirang, Pokarekare Ana, The Oak and the Ash, Botany Bay, Es dunkelt schon in die Heide, O My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose, El Vito, Little David, Play on Your Harp
King's Singers : Sing Mika
From their successful concert performances with the British pop star Mika, here are the King's Singers' settings of several of his most popular songs. Imaginative, joyful and empowering, this music is unique in the world of a cappella!
Songlist: Any Other World, By The Time, Grace Kelly, Lady Jane, Lollipop, Over My Shoulder, Rain, Toy Boy
King's Singers : More from 'The Beatles Connection'
From the King's Singers' Beatles album, 'Penny Lane' has been one of the most requested by choir directors. The excellent writing of Chilcott breathes new life into this favorite. From the King's Singers and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra "Music of the Beatles" album, 'When I'm 64' is a fun and swinging arrangement of the Lennon and McCartney classic. Featuring inventive jazz band-style vocal accompaniments throughout, everyone gets their turn singing the clever lyrics of the melody. From their recording, Beatles Connection, the often-requested arrangement of 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' is available for the first time. The setting of the heart-felt Lennon and McCartney ballad, 'Here, There and Everywhere' is featured on the King's Singers and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra "Music of the Beatles" album. In this Paul Hart arrangement, the melody is supported by gentle rhythms and countermelodies in the other voices. A perfect opportunity to feature soloists.
Songlist: Penny Lane, When I'm Sixty-Four, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Here, There and Everywhere
Marion Linton : Cole Porter A Cappella
Beginning as a waltz, "I Get A Kick Out Of You," this lively Cole Porter tune goes into 4 at the bridge. Initiated by the bass, this time change provides a good vehicle for practicing four in the space of three and vice versa. The tune is short, punctuated by rhythmic shots and ends with a bang. "Let's Do It" is impossible to sing without a smile. Humor, wit, quotes as well as insect and animal sounds thrive throughout its four verses. It's a challenge but well worth the work--and talk about a crowd please! "Love For Sale" is a challenging setting for Cole Porter's cynical look at love. From a soulful alto solo, we move to an up-tempo Latin groove suggestive of life on the street. Featured again in the bridge is the alto whose message is colored by humorous comments and quotes. Rich harmonies abound and build to a dynamic ending. A vamp is used throughout "What Is This Thing Called Love" as an introduction, interlude, ending and even as accompaniment for a be-bop chorus where high women's voices bemoan the pain of love gone wrong. Soprano, as solo or section, is featured on melody throughout this chart.
Songlist: I Get A Kick Out of You, Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love), Love For Sale, What Is This Thing Called Love?
Philip Lawson : Five Renaissance Editions
Here are five representative works of Josquin des Prez, probably the most famous European composer of the high Renaissance style of polyphonic vocal music in a value priced collection for mixed choirs and madrigal groups.
Songlist: Allegez Moi, Mille Regretz, Nymphes Des Bois, Petite Camusette, Scaramella
Various Arrangers : Musicals
This a cappella ballad version of "If I Only Had A Brain" was inspired by Harry Connick, Jr.'s vocal/piano treatment of the hit from The Wizard of Oz. Tight voicings and substitute harmonies make this ideal for jazz concert/festival programming. The rubato styling provides a strong musical showcase for the full choir. This spirited, a cappella, medium swing arrangement of the old silver screen classic, "Singin' In The Rain," will challenge your singers and delight your audiences. An interesting reharmonization and clever scat section provide a wonderful contrast to the delightful melody. It is high energy, it swings and it's fun! "Over The Rainbow," the time-honored standard tune, is given a lush a cappella treatment. There is a feature solo for a soprano or tenor throughout the arrangement, and a very strong and powerful ending. In this sensitive ballad interpretation of the popular jazz waltz by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard, "Alice In Wonderland" ranges from unison opening to lush six-part harmony and features a tenor solo. One of the most popular charts.
Songlist: If I Only Had A Brain , Singin' In The Rain , Over The Rainbow, Alice In Wonderland
Various Arrangers : Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young A Cappella
Here is the 1970 pop hit by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "Teach Your Children" in an a cappella setting that is fresh and unique! Rhythmically free and expansive, the melody harmonized in triads is juxtaposed against long accompanying vocal lines to highlight the powerful message inherent in the text. The Crosby, Stills and Nash song from their debut 1969 album "Helplessly Hoping" translates perfectly to the signature vocal style of the King's Singers. "After The Gold Rush" is the haunting song by Neil Young in a richly expressive a cappella setting. Audiences love these pop classics and great for the parents to sing along with.
Songlist: Helplessly Hoping, After The Gold Rush, Teach Your Children
Various Arrangers : Simon & Garfunkel A Cappella
Paul Simon is certainly one of the greatest songwriters of the modern popular song and here are some classics that are sure to please. The phenomenal Simon & Garfunkel #1 hit from 1970 "Bridge Over Troubled Water" in a powerful a cappella setting! From the wistful opening phrases, this iconic song builds to a full-voiced forte, alternating between rich homophonic choral textures and solo melodies with vocal accompaniment sections, before its quiet and gentle closing tones. The King's Singers setting of the famous Simon and Garfunkel song "April Come She Will" explores the seasons through a gentle vocal tapestry of rhythm and rich harmony with a smooth lead floating above it all. "Baby Driver" - Sheer, unbridled fun! For college or adult jazz chorus, this arrangement as sung by the New York Voices is a bit tricky, but well worth the effort. It features incredible harmony and rhythm and some a cappella sections, but the purpose of this piece is not to get technical-just to have fun! Four-part scat singing frames the piece on either end, while your baritone soloist goes to town (with great choral support) on each verse. Baby Driver, extracted from the New York Voices Songs of Paul Simon CD, is a toe-tappin', hand-clappin' jazz party. Invite everyone you know!
Songlist: April Come She Will, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Baby Driver
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Rich harmonies abound in this traditional Scottish ballad with a text by Robert Burns in a King's Singers arrangement that perfectly captures all the emotion and longing of a lost love. Duration: ca: 4:15.
The King's Singers setting of the famous Simon and Garfunkel song explores the seasons through a gentle vocal tapestry of rhythm and rich harmony with a smooth lead floating above it all. Duration: ca. 2:15.
Arranger: Barnwell / Diop | Composer: Ysaye Barnwell | Performed By: Sweet Honey In The Rock
The phenomenal Simon & Garfunkel #1 hit from 1970 in a powerful a cappella setting! From the wistful opening phrases, this iconic song builds to a full-voiced forte, alternating between rich homophonic choral textures and solo melodies with vocal accompaniment sections, before its quiet and gentle closing tones. Duration: ca. 5:15.
Within his lifetime, Ludwig Senfl composed numerous German lieder, Das Glšut zu Speyer being one of them. One can truly hear the sound of the bells of Speyer as this arrangement speeds along, each voice part getting the chance to mimic the sounds of the bells. Performance of this arrangement will require sensitivity to the Renaissance choral style and will be a fun challenge for your singers. Duration: ca. 2:15
Arranger: Tom T. Shelton | Composer: Ludwig Senfl | Country: Germany
Framed by the bucolic scenery from an Asian hillside, this traditional Chinese song tells about the joy of living and the peaceful beauty of the region. This accesible setting programs easily into concert programs. The poem is notated in phonetic Chinese, with English translation of the text. Visit www.waltonmusic.com/2009Sampler for spoken pronunciation guide. Duration: ca. 2:20.
Arranger: Rollo Fisher | Country: China
Ben Bram is known for his work on The Sing-Off and Pitch Perfect, and for arranging for groups such as The Backbeats and Pentatonix. This wellcrafted treatment of the Katy Perry hit will make your pop a cappella group come alive.
Arranger: Ben Bram | Composer: Kate Perry | Performed By: Kate Perry
Recorded by the English alternative band Coldplay, this song explores themes of grief and comfort as it gradually builds to an emotional high point. This a cappella setting intensifies the emotion through powerful vocal writing. A challenging work, but impressive! Duration: ca. 4:20.
Arranger: Philip Lawson | Composer: Chris Martin | Performed By: Coldplay
The grand and expansive accompaniment forms the harmonic basis of this choral setting of Sara Teasdale's famous poem, with rich choral textures unfolding for a wonderful expression of gratitude. An excellent concert closer for mixed choirs in high school, community and beyond. ScorePlay - click to view score with recording.
Composer: Patti Drennan
This amazing work, premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, director, is a contrast of homophonic refrains against polyphonic verses. Beginning with the austere Sacred Harp tune Heavenly Home, California composer Kirchner sets hallelujahs leaping and plunging and circling through the choir to thrilling results. Duration: ca. 3:30.
Composer: Shawn Kirchner
This choral is an artful setting of a profoundly important text by the famous physician, explorer and philosopher, Albert Schweitzer. Set as a through-composed tone poem, the words rise and fall with the text creating a reverent frame to display this great humanitarian's view of faith and the Divine.
Composer: Joseph M. Martin
Written for the king'singers for their 1995 South African tour and included on their Street Songs album, this evocative work is based on a 16th-century Bushman painting of a European ship inhabited by people they saw as gods but who would soon be the cause of the Bushmen's extinction. Powerful!
Arranger: Peter Louis van Dijk | Composer: Peter Louis van Dijk
A work for unaccompanied SATTBB choir, constructed in the form of a Byzantine Canon. The work was commissioned by James Lancelot and the Choir of Durham Cathedral who gave the first performance on the occasion of the 1300th anniversary of the death of St. Cuthbert: 20th March, 1987.'Commissioned by James Lancelot and the Choir of Durham Cathedral who gave its first performance on the 20th of March 1987, the 1300th anniversary of St Cuthbert's death. Structurally modelled on a Byzantine Canon, Ikon of St Cuthbert, 'an ikon of music and words in the place of wood and paint, seeks to recall, in its stylized form, the personal aura of Cuthbert, Saint of Lindisfarne'. The text is again by Mother Thekla, a contemplation on Cuthbert's life from his early piety and life as a monk, acts of spiritual healing, consecration as a bishop and retreat into solitude, to his death on Farne and ultimate burial in Durham. Imagery of water runs throughout the verses.
Composer: John Tavener
This perennial New Wave hit was the exciting opening number featured in the 2014 edition of NBC's The Sing-Off. This a cappella setting by Sing-Off music arranger and coach Deke Sharon will be an awesome selection for your group as well! ScorePlay - click to view score with recording.
Arranger: Deke Sharon | Performed By: The Sing-Off
Written to be a reflection on the power of love, the composer has constructed a semi-gospel anthem with a slow groove that allows each singer to find meaning in the word love for their own lives. The original text lifts up the joy, heartbreak, uncertainty and eternal love that we all experience along the way. Deep and powerful emotions will inform the musical performance. Duration: ca. 3 minutes.
Composer: Stephen Hatfield
Drawing upon elements of Medieval and Renaissance music, this meditative work echoes the enduring human longing for oneness with the divine. Latin phrases alternate with English in this profound a cappella setting. Duration: ca. 4:00.
Composer: Patricia Van Ness | Performed By: The King's Singers
An authentic, haunting folk song arranged in a unique style that will make this choice stand out in your concert. With English text and simple pronunciation guide for singing in original language. Duration: ca. 3:55.
Arranger: Gunnar Eriksson | Composer: Mathisson Offvid | Country: Norway
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns' birth in 1759, here is the beloved Scottish air as arranged for the King's Singers by founding member Simon Carrington. Rich harmonies unfold in this tender ballad that expresses both the endurance and fleeting quality of romantic love. Duration: ca. 3:00.
Arranger: Simon Carrington | Composer: Traditional Scottish | Performed By: The King's Singers
From the King's Singers recording, Beatles Connection, this often-requested arrangement is available for the first time.
Arranger: Bill Ives | Composer: Lennon / McCartney | Performed By: Beatles
Bob Chilcott, described by the Observer newspaper as a contemporary hero of British choral music, has been working as a choral composer and conductor since leaving The King's Singers in 1997. While in The King's Singers, he was a prolific arranger, also writing original works, including this setting from Psalm 145. Duration: ca. 2:15.
Composer: Bob Chilcott | Performed By: The King's Singers
Cary Ratcliff's charming and refreshing oratorio Ode to Common Things is set to poetry by Chilean writer Pablo Neruda, who, over the course of his life, wrote odes to ordinary, everyday objects, five of which were chosen for the Ratcliff setting. Starting with the percussive Ode to Things, the music sweeps through many moods, moving into a deep and emotional Ode to the Bed and the reflective Ode to the Guitar. The final two movements, Ode to Scissors and Ode to Bread complete the connection to everyday life. For SATB divisi chorus, soloists, with piano reduction. Orchestra available on rental.
Composer: Cary Ratcliff
Composer John Brunning's setting of the beloved text from the Requiem mass is a heartfelt expression of gentle devotion and lyric beauty. The simple lines and rich harmonic underlay will linger long after the final dona eis requiem. Duration: ca. 3:10.
Arranger: Philip Lawson | Composer: John Brunning
This edition of the work from the early 1600s offers great versatility for the singers. The SSAATTB setting for young choirs and beyond allows the treble parts to be sung by soloists or a smaller mixed choir. Instruments may also be substituted for voices. For a bigger performance, you may combine several choirs and add optional strings to the continuo. Available separately: SSAATTB, Instrumental Accompaniment (Score and Parts for Strings). Duration: ca. 4:00.
Composer: Michael Praetorius
For mature high school and beyond, this is a set of four short, whimsical chorals by Norman Luboff, framed by new clarinet and piano accompaniment. Great closer before intermission, or as an encore. Can be performed together as a set, or separately. Duration: ca. 3:00.
Arranger: Dan Davison | Composer: Norman Luboff
From James Taylor's first U.S. album, this gentle acoustic lullaby has a sweet country feel to it. Extended accompanying vocal harmonies support the solo melodic line of the verse which unfolds into a rich homophonic chorus, serving to highlight the poetry of the lyrics. Duration: ca. 4:00.
The intimacy and directness of a cappella singing create a special emotional atmosphere in this King's Singers setting of the Grammyae award-winning pop hit by Eric Clapton. With the gentle guitar-style accompaniment recreated by the vocals and the tender lyrics, this will create a magical concert moment. Duration: ca. 3:30.
Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Composer: Eric Clapton | Performed By: Eric Clapton
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