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Libby Larsen

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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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.

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


Individual Folios

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A Lover's Journey : SATB divisi : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Songbook : 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


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


God so loved the world : SATB : Libby Larsen : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 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


Psalm 121 : SSSAAA : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 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


The Ol' Chilsholm Trail : SATB : Libby Larsen : Sheet Music : 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

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