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Libby Larsen

Born: 1950. Living in: United States

Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America's most prolific and most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. Her music has been praised for its dynamic, deeply inspired, and vigorous contemporary American spirit. Constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, Libby Larsen has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

Libby Larsen has received numerous awards and accolades, including a 1994 Grammy as producer of the CD: The Art of Arlene Auger, an acclaimed recording that features Larsen's Sonnets from the Portuguese.

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Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Libby Larsen : May Sky - A Collection of Haiku Kai : SSAATTBB : 01 Songbook : 9780193866225

Libby Larsen : May Sky - A Collection of Haiku Kai

A collection of Haiku Kai. Commissioned for the 2002 World Choral Symposium, May Sky is based on haiku written by Japanese and Japanese-American detainees in camps in the American West.

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | 9104b | Songbook | $3.75 | A Cappella


Libby Larsen : Music For Upper Voices : SSAA  Treble : Sheet Music

Libby Larsen : Music For Upper Voices

As one of the most active and successful composers working today, Libby Larsen has produced a substantial body of important works for orchestra, dance, opera, choral, chamber and solo performance. Recognized for "her subtle and sophisticated harmony, revealing an extraordinary capacity for combining seemingly dissimilar elements with great ease" her works are widely performed and recorded. This is a fine collection of her arrangements that are challenging, rewarding and lots of fun to sing.

Songlist: Day Song, Eine kleine Snailmusik , A Young Nun, Singing , Psalm 121

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Voicing: SSAA Treble | 9618b | Sheet Music | $12.95 | A Cappella


Libby Larsen : The Womanly Song of God : SSSSAAAA : 01 Songbook : 9780193867550 : 9780193867550

Libby Larsen : The Womanly Song of God

When I first read Catherine de Vinck's jubilant celebration of birth, renewal, and life "The Womanly Song of God" (the complete poem appears on page 27), I heard it as a head-tossing, laughing, dancing first-person soliloquy. I was immediately drawn to its energy and set out to compose a work with exactly the same feeling. The Choir acts both as a singing group and as drumming group. The piece begins with a "call to the dance" consisting of an upward scale that builds to a diatomic nine-note chord. Following this, the choir becomes a drumming group, spinning sung rhythmic patterns into a buoyant accompaniment to the sung text. C major (Ionian mode) anchors the piece tonally. As the piece progresses, the choir, as drumming group, adds foot-stomping and hand-clapping, until the piece becomes a vibrant song-dance. - Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SSSSAAAA | 9654b | Songbook | $5.50 | A Cappella


Libby Larsen : Western Songs : SATB : Sheet Music

Libby Larsen : Western Songs

There are three songs making up this cycle entitled 'Western Songs' - Buffalo Gals, Green Grow the Lilacs, and Ol'Chisholm Trail. The arrangements by turn spin contrapuntal and antiphonal textures then relax intomeltingly beautiful chords, while glissandi and yipping vocal slides evoke the sounds of the barn dance the cattle drive. Lots of fun!

Songlist: Buffalo Gals, Green Grow the Lilacs, The Ol' Chilsholm Trail

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Voicing: SATB | 9655b | Sheet Music | $6.95 | A Cappella


Libby Larsen : A Salute to Louis Armstrong : SATB : Songbook : 9780193862289 : 9780193862289

Libby Larsen : A Salute to Louis Armstrong

This salute to the spirit of Louis Armstrong breathtakingly incorporates 'Basin Street Blues', 'Lady be good', 'Tiger Rag', 'When the saints go marching in', and more surprisingly excerpts from 'Clair de Lune' and from Brahms' A flat major Piano Serenade. It is in one movement, which may be performed on its own, taken from the choral suite Seven Ghosts.

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Voicing: SATB | Performed by Louis Armstrong | 40439b | Songbook | $4.75 | With Piano


Libby Larsen : Sweet and Sour Nursery Rhymes : SATB : Songbook : 9780193862777 : 9780193862777

Libby Larsen : Sweet and Sour Nursery Rhymes

Using as its basis two traditional nursery rhymes and an achingly nostalgic poem by Eugene Field, Larsen deftly captures the essence of childhood in her clever setting of the three texts whilst offering her own, more adult, interpretations to the moral of each.

Songlist: There was a little girl, Little Boy Blue, Try, try, again

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Voicing: SATB | 40440b | Songbook | $6.50 | With Horn


Libby Larsen : Seven Ghosts : SATB : Songbook : 9780193860087 : 9780193860087

Libby Larsen : Seven Ghosts

A brilliant choral celebration of seven American legends (Phillis Wheatley, George Washington, Jenny Lind, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clyde William Thornbaugh, Charles Lindbergh, Louis Armstrong). Energetic and appealing, the music culminates in a wordless finale which celebrates Louis Armstrong and the jazz clubs of the 1930s by mixing up six familiar classics. for SATB, solo soprano, brass quintet, piano, and percussion

Songlist: Grace & Glory (Phillis Wheatley to George Washington), Jenny Lind to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Blinking Pluto (Clyde William Tombaugh), Myself with Wings (Charles A. Lindbergh), United Hot Clubs of America (Louis Armstrong)

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Voicing: SATB | 40518b | Songbook | $32.50


Libby Larsen : Love Songs : SATB : Songbook : 9780193861336 : 9780193861336

Libby Larsen : Love Songs

Five songs for SATB chorus and piano on texts by twentieth-century women poets. Each has a unique perspective on love, ranging from reflections on loss, to the delights of everyday familiarity, and the thrill of spring and new passions.

Songlist: Looking at each other, Clinging, Dirty No Gooder Blues, Dear Love, At April

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Voicing: SATB | 40519b | Songbook | $19.50


Libby Larsen : So Blessedly it Sprung : SATB : Songbook : 9780193861954 : 9780193861954

Libby Larsen : So Blessedly it Sprung

This is a setting of two twelfth-century poems where the choral parts flow in a chant-like way, interrupted by ecstatic bursts, sometimes of purely instrumental colour. Both the singer and the audience will be swept up in ecstasy of the birth and the peacefulness of renewal.

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Voicing: SATB | 40520b | Songbook | $35.50


Libby Larsen : The Ballerina and the Clown : Upper Voices - 3 par : Songbook : 9780193866737 : 9780193866737

Libby Larsen : The Ballerina and the Clown

Seven songs for children's chorus (SAA) and harp to texts by Sally M. Gall. The Ballerina and the Clown develops a completely new story inspired by some of Hans Christian Andersen's charming papercuts, which are reproduced in the score. Alternative illustrations by Cecilia Rolando for use in concert programme books are available to download from OUP's website.

Songlist: The Clown, The Clown goes to visit his Ballerina, The Clown arrives at the theater, The Sandman sends him a dream, A message from the storks, The Clown finds his way south, Sunflower Man shows off the Ballerina

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Voicing: Upper Voices - 3 par | 40522b | Songbook | $12.75


Individual Folios

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A Garden Wall : Unison : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Songbook : 4142

Libby Larsen : A Garden Wall

A musical play written to help congregations arrive at a more ample vision of their mission in their own communities and throughout the world. Offers wide range of performance opportunities for children and adults alike. Involves Orff instruments.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: Unison | Sheet Music | $2.85 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 4142


A Lover's Journey : SATB divisi : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 50499239 : 884088914066 : 1480345296

Libby Larsen : A Lover's Journey

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

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $3.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50499239


A Young Nun, Singing  : SSA : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193868557

Libby Larsen : A Young Nun, Singing

Arranger: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $4.10 | A Cappella |
9780193868557


Buffalo Gals : SATB : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193869387

Libby Larsen : Buffalo Gals

There are three songs making up this cycle entitled 'Western Songs'- Buffalo Gals, Green Grow the Lilacs, and Ol'Chisholm Trail. The arrangements by turn spin contrapuntal and antiphonal textures then relax into meltingly beautiful chords,while glissandi and yipping vocal slides evoke the sounds of the cattle drive.

Arranger: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $4.10 | A Cappella |
9780193869387


Canticle of Mary : Upper Voices - 3 parts or more : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193859852 : 9780193859852

Libby Larsen : Canticle of Mary

for women's voices (SSA) and piano duet (four hands) or chamber orchestra
An unusually joyous setting in which straightforward vocal lines portray Mary's humility, and the accompaniment expresses exuberance and freedom of spirit. This is a strikingly original setting of the Canticle for concert rather than liturgical use.
The orchestral accompaniment is available on hire.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: Upper Voices - 3 parts or more | $5.50 |
9780193859852


Clair de Lune in Blue : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 4249

Libby Larsen : Clair de Lune in Blue

The composer remarks, "After Claude Debussy," and you can certainly hear that, but there are also flights of fancy here. The piano part adds its own commentary, now bluesy, now pointillistic. Challenging and fun, if you're looking for something completely different for an advanced SATB group and fine pianist, this would be the piece! Duration: c. 5:00

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.6 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 4249


Day Song : SSA : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193862418

Libby Larsen : Day Song

An exuberant song of rejoicing at the dawn, with a catchy, toe-tapping refrain of "Cry Jubilee".

Arranger: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $4.10 | A Cappella |
9780193862418


Eine kleine Snailmusik  : SAB : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193864351

Libby Larsen : Eine kleine Snailmusik

Larsen's fun setting of a sweetly humorous text by May Sarton will provide enjoyable and rewarding learning for school or amateur choirs. The contrabass part would also be suitable for the younger pupil.

Arranger: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | A Cappella |
9780193864351


Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193404809

Libby Larsen : Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round

for SATB and organ, with optional congregation
Commissioned for the American Guild of Organists 2014 National Convention in Boston, Mass., Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round is a joyful and exuberant setting of the well-known hymn by John Chadwick. It begins with a rich organ introduction before the choir (and congregation) join in with a unison presentation of the melody. The second section explores the Lydian mode, with its rising fourth, while the adamantine final verse brings the anthem to a resolute close that reflects the text's profound depiction of unity and human understanding.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $3.25 |
9780193404809


Flee we to our Lord : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 9780193869349 : 9780193869349

Libby Larsen : Flee we to our Lord

for SATB unaccompanied
This choral octavo is drawn from Larsen's It I am.
This is a lovely, hushed and meditative hymn that is simple and eloquent. The brevity and expressive beauty of this piece can be equally used in both sacred and secular settings.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $2.50 |
9780193869349


God so loved the world : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 9780193856646 : 9780193856646

Libby Larsen : God so loved the world

This is a moving arrangement of the familiar passage from the Book of John. Larsen takes an original melody and arranges beautiful harmonies underneath with delicate suspensions. This is a rewarding and accessible piece.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 9780193856646


Green Grow the Lilacs : SATB : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193869400

Libby Larsen : Green Grow the Lilacs

There are three songs making up this cycle entitled 'Western Songs' - Buffalo Gals, Green Grow the Lilacs, and Ol'Chisholm Trail. The arrangements by turn spin contrapuntal and antiphonal textures then relax intomeltingly beautiful chords, while glissandi and yipping vocal slides evoke the sounds of the barn dance the cattle drive.

Arranger: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | A Cappella |
9780193869400


How It Thrills Us : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 4669

Libby Larsen : How It Thrills Us

Using Rilke's text"The Possibility of Being," Larsen's work mimics the bird's clear cry and children's play. Both textually and musically this work combines unusual tonal and rhythmic gestures to create a whole.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.8 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 4669


i am a little church : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193868885 : 9780193868885

Libby Larsen : i am a little church

for SATB and organ
This ravishing setting of a heartfelt and emotional poem by e. e. cummings captures a sense of the ineffable place of faith in existence that transcends mere worship, doctrine, even humankind itself. The musical setting is mostly consonant, bittersweet, and well-attuned to the emotional content of the words. The piece is perfect for church dedications and anniversaries.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $3.85 |
9780193868885


I Arise Today : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 4670

Libby Larsen : I Arise Today

The music of this piece using the text of"St. Patrick's Breastplate," reflects the broad affirmation of God's strength and ever-presence described in the text in solid harmonic statements throughout."I arise today, through God's strength" as shown in nature and Christ. It may be sung at any time and is well-suited to the Easter season.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.6 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 4670


I find my feet have further goals : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193861527 : 9780193861527

Libby Larsen : I find my feet have further goals

The music, superficially simple with a gently rocking rhythm framing a declamation of the text, allows the words to speak for themselves whilst simultaneously enhancing their expressive power.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $3.25 | A Cappella |
9780193861527


I just lightning : Upper Voices - 3 parts or more : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 9780193860445 : 9780193860445

Libby Larsen : I just lightning

for SSAA chorus and percussion
A riveting setting for women's voices and percussion of a Mexican Indian chant evoking the Divine Spirit and praying for healing and spiritual strength. Full of Larsen's characteristic atmospheric effects and vivid word-painting, the text and music celebrate the significance of women in the quest for spiritual enlightenment.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: Upper Voices - 3 parts or more | $3.85 |
9780193860445


I will sing and raise a psalm : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 9780193860438 : 9780193860438

Libby Larsen : I will sing and raise a psalm

for SATB choir and organ
I will sing and raise a psalm has a text from St Francis of Assisi and works well as a concert piece or as an anthem. The music is rewarding for organist and choir alike. The conclusion, with its evocative radiance, is especially attractive.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $3.85 |
9780193860438


Invitation to music : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 9780193860704 : 9780193860704

Libby Larsen : Invitation to music

for SATB chorus and piano or strings
A haunting depiction of the 'magic made by melody . . . Held in the arms of rhythm and of sleep', from a poem by Elizabeth Bishop.
Instrumental parts for the original version (SATB and strings) are available on hire.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $3.85 |
9780193860704


Is God, our endless day : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 9780193864092 : 9780193864092

Libby Larsen : Is God, our endless day

for SATB unaccompanied

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $3.25 |
9780193864092


Look! Be: leap; : SSAA : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : SBMP1249 : 608938360250

Libby Larsen : Look! Be: leap;

This setting of excerpts from the colorful Muriel Rukeyser poem implores one to "put your face to the wind" and fly. Mature treble choirs are sure to treasure Libby Larsen's extraordinary composition.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SSAA | $2.10 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| SBMP1249


Lord, before this fleeting season : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 9780193864085 : 9780193864085

Libby Larsen : Lord, before this fleeting season

for SATB unaccompanied

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $2.90 |
9780193864085


Psalm 121 : SSSAAA : Libby Larsen : 9780193863644

Libby Larsen : Psalm 121

A setting of the familiar psalm text with interpolations from nature writings by the American naturalist John Muir and by Patricia Hennings.

Arranger: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SSSAAA | Sheet Music | $3.75 | A Cappella |
9780193863644


Reasons for Loving the Harmonica : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193866218 : 9780193866218

Libby Larsen : Reasons for Loving the Harmonica

for SATB and piano
This short, light-hearted setting of a Julie Kane text is suitable for school or youth choirs, its homophonic texture and fun words making it easy to learn.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $3.85 | With Piano |
9780193866218


Refuge : SSAA : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 4399

Libby Larsen : Refuge

An extended SSAA setting of Sara Teasdale's poem, was commissioned by the Peninsula Women's Chorus(California) and aptly expresses the noble sentiment"If I can sing, I am free."

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.8 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 4399


So Blessedly it Sprung : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 9780193861299 : 9780193861299

Libby Larsen : So Blessedly it Sprung

for SATB and piano
This is a setting of two twelfth-century poems where the choral parts flow in a chant-like way, interrupted by ecstatic bursts, sometimes of purely instrumental colour. Both the singer and the audience will be swept up in the ecstasy of the birth and the peacefulness of renewal.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | $5.50 |
9780193861299


Song - Dances to the Light : Upper Voices - 3 parts or more : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : 9780193859951 : 9780193859951

Libby Larsen : Song - Dances to the Light

for narrator, children's choir, full orchestra, and Orff instruments.
A setting of specially-written texts by children, the subject matter is the sun, the moon, and the stars. The songs are linked by spoken narration, resulting in a rich and vivid tapestry.
Orchestral material is available on hire.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: Upper Voices - 3 parts or more | $3.25 |
9780193859951


The Ol' Chilsholm Trail : SATB : Libby Larsen : 9780193869424

Libby Larsen : The Ol' Chilsholm Trail

There are three songs making up this cycle entitled 'Western Songs'- Buffalo Gals, Green Grow the Lilacs,and Ol'Chisholm Trail. The arrangements by turn spin contrapuntal and antiphonal textures then relax intomeltingly beautiful chords, while glissandi and yipping vocal slides evoke the sounds of the barn dance the cattle drive.

Arranger: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $4.10 | A Cappella |
9780193869424


The Settling Years : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 4286

Libby Larsen : The Settling Years

"This piece is a three-part collection based on poetry by American pioneers. The texts are full of a kind of raw energy, swashbuckling attitude, and profundity of heart and commitment characteristic of those settlers west of the Hudson. I had also looked at the more erudite essays of Coleridge-Taylor, Thoreau, and Emerson but chose the rougher stanzas because the primitive voices, the pioneers, were profound, simply in the way they expressed the nature of their experiences. The first piece, 'Comin' to Town,' is about cowboys after a month on the range-bawdy, rowdy, and raucous. The second, 'Beneath These Alien Stars,' is about the bonding of the human spirit to the land. The third piece, 'A Hoopla,' depicts a barn dance and vocalists circle 'round the instruments, stomp, clap, and generally perform with abandon, vigor, and boisterousness. The Settling Years was commissioned and premiered by The Singing Sergeants and the United States Air Force Band for the 150th anniversary of the Musi

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $5.6 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 4286


The Settling Years: 1. Comin' to Town : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 8560

Libby Larsen : The Settling Years: 1. Comin' to Town

"This piece is a three-part collection based on poetry by American pioneers. The texts are full of a kind of raw energy, swashbuckling attitude, and profundity of heart and commitment characteristic of those settlers west of the Hudson. I had also looked at the more erudite essays of Coleridge-Taylor, Thoreau, and Emerson but chose the rougher stanzas because the primitive voices, the pioneers, were profound, simply in the way they expressed the nature of their experiences. The first piece, 'Comin' to Town,' is about cowboys after a month on the range-bawdy, rowdy, and raucous. The second, 'Beneath These Alien Stars,' is about the bonding of the human spirit to the land. The third piece, 'A Hoopla,' depicts a barn dance and vocalists circle 'round the instruments, stomp, clap, and generally perform with abandon, vigor, and boisterousness. The Settling Years was commissioned and premiered by The Singing Sergeants and the United States Air Force Band for the 150th anniversary of the Musi

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 8560


To Sing : SSA : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 08751543 : 884088396701

Libby Larsen : To Sing

Acclaimed composer Libby Larsen set words of a young girl in this choral work that explores the essence of music and singing. Beginning quietly, the tones grow into a rushing river of sound or a constellation of stars or a heart full of joy. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Composer: Libby Larsen

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08751543

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