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Steven Sametz

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Steven Sametz has earned increasing renown in recent years as both composer and conductor. He is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music and director of Lehigh University Choral Arts, one of the country's premiere choral programs. He also serves as Artistic Director for the elite a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers and is the founding director of The Lehigh University Choral Composer Forum, a summer course of study designed to mentor emerging choral composers.

Recent guest conducting appearances include the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, the Berkshire Music Festival, the New York Chamber Symphony, and the Netherlands Radio Choir. Dr. Sametz' compositions have been heard throughout the world at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Santa Fe music festivals. His in time of appears on the recent Grammy award-winning CD by Chanticleer, "Colors of Love," and his work may be heard on six other Chanticleer CDs

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Lehigh University Choral Union
Princeton Singers


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Steven Sametz : World Folk Songs : SATB : Sheet Music Collection : Steven Sametz : 9780193866300 : 9780193866300

Steven Sametz : World Folk Songs

Steven Sametz has earned increasing renown in recent years as both composer and conductor. He is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music and director of Lehigh University Choral Arts, one of the country's premiere choral programs. He also serves as Artistic Director for the elite a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers and is the founding director of The Lehigh University Choral Composer Forum, a summer course of study designed to mentor emerging choral composers. This is a wonderful collection of folk songs with songs from Bosnia, Thailand, Russia and Germany that will add a nice international flavor to your program.

Songlist: Kein Feuer, Keine Kohle, Kann Brennen, So Heiss, Ne Sedi, Djemo, Ngam Sang Duan, Pai Duli Vwihdui Ja

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Voicing: SATB | 9101b | Sheet Music Collection | $6.95 | A Cappella


Steven Sametz : The Heroine Triumphant : SATBB : Songbook : Steven Sametz : 9780193861848

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

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Voicing: SATBB | 9102b | Songbook | $3.95 | A Cappella


Steven Sametz : American Songs: Sacred and Profane : Solo : Songbook : 600313471544 : 7154

Steven Sametz : American Songs: Sacred and Profane

Set to poetry by Jeremy Driscoll and Peter Elliot, this song cycle is both whimsical and tender. The three movements are titled, "A Way of Talking To A Dog That You Don't Know," "Blood Love," and "At Being Buried, My Surprise." It can be performed with piano or with orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.1.1./Percussion (3 players,) Harp, Piano/Celesta and Strings.) The SATB chorus (preferably offstage) appears in No. 3 only. Duration: 26 min

Songlist: A Way of Talking To A Dog That You Don't Know, Blood Love, At Being Buried, My Surprise

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Voicing: Solo | 10952b | Songbook | $13.95


Individual Folios

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Amo! 1. Munus (A Gift) : SATB divisi : Steven Sametz : Songbook : 6649

Steven Sametz : Amo! 1. Munus (A Gift)

Amo! (I Love!) was conceived as a trilogy. However, the three parts may be performed separately, unaccompanied or with harp.

Harp Part: 7031

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Voicing: SATB divisi | $1.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 6649


Amo!: 3. Amo! (Madrigal) : SATB divisi : Steven Sametz : 7274

Steven Sametz : Amo!: 3. Amo! (Madrigal)

Amo! (I Love!) was conceived as a trilogy. However, the three parts may be performed separately, unaccompanied or with harp.

Harp Part: 7275

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Voicing: SATB divisi | $4.90 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 7274


Calvary : SATB divisi : Steven Sametz : WJMS1076 : 884088065959

Steven Sametz : Calvary

Steven Sametz's remarkable stylized treatment of this traditional spiritual with its powerful solo and haunting choral writing will leave audiences staggered. Requires an accomplished soloist (tenor or possibly alto) and a strong choir. Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.55 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WJMS1076


Child of Song : SATB : Steven Sametz : Sheet Music : 6935

Steven Sametz : Child of Song

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Voicing: SATB | $2.25 |
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| 6935


Dudaryku: A Villiage Scene : SAB : Steven Sametz : 7276

Steven Sametz : Dudaryku: A Villiage Scene

"Dudaryku (The Piper) was introduced to me by my friend Natalka Pavlovsky as 'the Ukrainian version of Der Leiermann' (The Organ Grinder). Like Schubert's famous Lied, this Ukrainian folksong hauntingly evokes the song of the town musician using the simple drone of his instrument. Dudaryku pays homage to the beloved piper who once played for the townspeople.
 
Several factors coalesced to create Dudaryku. I considered the many traditions of folksongs in western music: the simple folksong without accompaniment; arrangements (like the 19th century arrangement of Dudaryku by Leontovich); and the composition of new work in a folk style (exemplified in works of Brahms and Stephen Foster). The intersection of these traditions - using the old, the borrowed, and the new - intrigued me.
 
Dudaryku begins with a newly composed setting of the folksong text which laments the loss of the tre

Country: Ukraine

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Voicing: SAB | $3.60 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 7276


in time of : SATB : Steven Sametz : 7609

Steven Sametz : in time of

Orch version full score: #7614
parts: #7615
Chamber Ensemble full score: #7612
parts: #7613

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Voicing: SATB | $4.10 |
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| 7609


Kein Feuer, Keine Kohle, Kann Brennen, So Heiss : SATB : Steven Sametz : 9780193861817

Steven Sametz : Kein Feuer, Keine Kohle, Kann Brennen, So Heiss

A German Folksong about love.

Country: German

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 9780193861817


Luz y Amor (Light and Love) from Two Love Songs of St. John of the Cross : SSAA : Steven Sametz : Sheet Music : 7350

Steven Sametz : Luz y Amor (Light and Love) from Two Love Songs of St. John of the Cross

Set to the poetry of the 16th-century Spanish Carmelite priest, San Juan de la Cruz, this piece (and its companion, 7351) can read as secular love songs. Actually, however, they are religious allegory. "Luz y amor" ("Light and Love") appears to be about "a solitary bird," but contains five pieces of advice for those seeking a deeper relationship with God: always be aware of God's presence; strip away everything that is not God; be open and listen for the voice of the Holy One; let go of your own ambitions and attachments; and sing sweetly of the delight of Love. Duration: 2:30

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Voicing: SSAA | $1.95 | A Cappella |
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| 7350


Mi Amado (My Beloved) from Two Love Songs of St. John of the Cross : SSAA : Steven Sametz : 7351

Steven Sametz : Mi Amado (My Beloved) from Two Love Songs of St. John of the Cross

Set to the poetry of the 16th-century Spanish Carmelite priest, San Juan de la Cruz (St. John of the Cross,) this piece (and its companion, 7350) can appear to be a secular love song. But it is actually religious allegory in which the Soul is singing to God. He is strong and magnificent as a mountain; comforting as the cool, shady woods; filled with unexpected delights like an exotic island; possesses her powerfully like a roaring river; thrills her with a touch like a breeze on the skin; fills her and satisfies her like a delicious meal; opens her eyes to the unexpected, like the dawn. As they rest together in the tranquil night, the soul delights in these feelings like being filled with glorious music that can truly be heard only in silence. In that moment, we are given a luxurious silence, surrounded by gorgeous music, in which we, too, may simply breathe, delight and rest in the presence of Love.
Duration: 2:30

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Voicing: SSAA | $2.05 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 7351


Ne Sedi, Djemo : SATB : Steven Sametz : 9780193866300

Steven Sametz : Ne Sedi, Djemo

Bosnian Folk song

Country: Bosnia

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.00 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 9780193866300


Never more will the wind : SAT : Steven Sametz : Sheet Music : 7328

Steven Sametz : Never more will the wind

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Voicing: SAT | $3.35 |
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| 7328


Ngam Sang Duan : SATB : Steven Sametz : 9780193863125

Steven Sametz : Ngam Sang Duan

An atmospheric setting of a Northern Thai folk song. The song has a charming, simple tune clothed with rich harmonies, and a non-singing English translation is provided together with notes on pronunciation.

Country: Thailand

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.75 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 9780193863125


Not an End of Loving: 2. We Two Boys Together Clinging : SATB divisi : Steven Sametz : Sheet Music : 7670

Steven Sametz : Not an End of Loving: 2. We Two Boys Together Clinging

Derivative of #7423
Commissioned as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Lehigh University Choral Union (Bethlehem, PA) for Chanticleer

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Voicing: SATB divisi | $4.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 7670


Pai Duli Vwihdui Ja : SATB : Steven Sametz : 9780193862425

Steven Sametz : Pai Duli Vwihdui Ja

Russian folk song

Country: Russia

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 9780193862425


Shenandoah : SSAATTBB : Steven Sametz : Sheet Music : 9780193866331 : 9780193866331

Steven Sametz : Shenandoah

for SSAATTBB unaccompanied

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
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| 9780193866331


The Windhover : SATB : Steven Sametz : Sheet Music : 7384

Steven Sametz : The Windhover

"I encountered The Windhover in graduate school, and it made such a strong impression, but was so daunting a work, that I waited nearly three decades to set it.  Hopkins combines a poetic vocabulary drawn from his study of Welsh with a sense of the sacred inherent in his calling to the priesthood. The language Hopkins used to depict the central image of the poem, that of a falcon hovering on the air, is already so musical that it took some time for me to come to a harmonic vocabulary that I thought might express the essential ecstatic nature of the poem.
 
Hopkins wrote of an 'inscape' in his poetry, an inner landscape revealed behind the words themselves. The poems were intended to touch the unique interior life that words can only describe. For me, this is the realm where music is strongest. As the poet and storyteller Hans Christian Anderson wrote, 'where words fail, music begins.' As composers of words and music, we are called upon not me

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Voicing: SATB | $2.95 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 7384


Thou whose birth : SATB divisi : Steven Sametz : 7202

Steven Sametz : Thou whose birth

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Voicing: SATB divisi | $2.25 |
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| 7202


Three Mystical Choruses: 1. Nino de Rosas (Child of Roses) : SATB : Steven Sametz : 7711

Steven Sametz : Three Mystical Choruses: 1. Nino de Rosas (Child of Roses)

Winner of the 2011 Raymond W. Brock Commission, by the ACDA

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Voicing: SATB | $2.80 |
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| 7711


Three Mystical Choruses: 2. En Kelohenu (There Is None Like Our God) : SATB divisi : Steven Sametz : 7712

Steven Sametz : Three Mystical Choruses: 2. En Kelohenu (There Is None Like Our God)

Winner of the 2011 Raymond W. Brock Commission, by the ACDA

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Voicing: SATB divisi | $2.25 |
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| 7712


Voices of Broken Hearts : SSAA divisi : Steven Sametz : 7676

Steven Sametz : Voices of Broken Hearts

Steven Sametz set Carl Sandburg's evocative poem "Clark Street Bridge" using digitally delayed vibraphone (or viola) to enhance the ghostly voices of broken hearts left in the mist of night.

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Voicing: SSAA divisi | $2.05 |
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| 7676


We two: 4. Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes : TTBB : Steven Sametz : 7407

Steven Sametz : We two: 4. Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes

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Voicing: TTBB | $1.55 | A Cappella |
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| 7407


Zinga! : TTBB : Steven Sametz : 7360

Steven Sametz : Zinga!

A nonsense song which allows for simple staging if the individual singers make the nonsense into a language which only they understand--argumentative, fraternal, confrontational--whatever comes to mind.

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Voicing: TTBB | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 7360


Zinga! : SATB : Steven Sametz : 8972

Steven Sametz : Zinga!

A nonsense song which allows for simple staging where the singers make the nonsense syllables into a language which only they can understand. They may be argumentative, friendly, confrontational, conspiratorial, or whatever comes to mind. Just not too serious!

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Voicing: SATB | $2.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 8972

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