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Nico Muhly

Born: 1981. Living in: New York City, United States.

Nico Muhly is an American composer and sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Philadelphia Orchestra and others, he has written more than 80 works for the concert stage, including the operas Two Boys (2010), Dark Sisters (2011), and Marnie; the song cycles Sentences (2015), for countertenor Iestyn Davies, and Impossible Things (2009), for tenor Mark Padmore; a viola concerto for violist Nadia Sirota; the choral works My Days (2011) and Recordare, Domine (2013), written for the Hilliard Ensemble and the Tallis Scholars respectively and most recently Looking Up (2017), a work for choir and orchestra for the Cathedral Choral Society.

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Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Nico Muhly : How Little You Are : SATB divisi : Songbook : 888680748722 : 00243778

Nico Muhly : How Little You Are

Nico Muhly's How Little You Are was composed in 2015 and is arranged for SATB divisi chorus and three Guitar quartets. Based on Cowboy Poetry texts, the work masterfully weds guitar and vocal textures, resulting in poignant Western impressions. Duration: approximately 40 minutes

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Voicing: SATB divisi | 40501b | Songbook | $14.95


Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly Choral Collection : SATB : Songbook : 888680895228 : 1787600130 : 00278654

Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly Choral Collection

This exclusive collection brings together 12 of Nico Muhly's sacred works for mixed-voice choir. These vivacious, fresh and dramatic pieces will make an impact whether in the church or in the concert hall, and range from the intimate Lord, keep us modest when we claim to the effervescent Bright Star Carol, alongside service music such as Muhly's Third Service. All are accessible to learn, and offer choirs a new slant on contemporary choral music at its very best. Choral music has always been at the emotional core of my musical output. Even when Im writing large-scale orchestral works (or, indeed, chamber music), I always find myself returning to techniques and textures I've greedily stolen from centuries of music from Tye to Howells, early and recent. I try to design my own choral music primarily for use in worship, where the measure of the successof the piece is if it helps guide the listeners' ears upwards and elsewhere, as sacred architecture and the various rituals of the church themselves are meant to do. The specificity of music heard only in certain seasons is, for me, an important and thrilling element of the choral tradition: a Beethoven Symphony is welcome at any point in the year, but an anthem for Candlemas works only then, at a certain time of day and on a certain day of the year. With this functional spirit at the heart of the compositional process, I hope that the music collected here makes equal sense in a concert setting. These works range from ordinaries of the mass to hymns to motets, and represent a decade and a half of output. - Nico Muhly

Songlist: A Hymn on the Nativity, All Our Works, Bright Star Carol, Gloria (Spiral Mass), I cannot attain unto it, Lord, heare my prayer instantly, Lord, keep us modest when we claim, Pater noster, Set Me As A Seal, Show us thy mercy, Third Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis), Thy kingdom come, O God

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Voicing: SATB | 40503b | Songbook | $22.95 | With Piano


Nico Muhly : Second Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis) : SATB : Songbook : 888680077334 : 14043511

Nico Muhly : Second Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis)

For SATB voices and organ, this piece was originally commissioned by the Choir of Christ Church Christiana Hundred from Delaware, USA, and was first performed on 19th October 2014 by them. After its various premieres internationally, the Second Service was met with resounding warm reviews, praising its percussive qualities, beautiful melodies and dynamic rhythms. The work is a pleasure to sing, especially when beneficial acoustics complement the warmth of the vocal harmonies.

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Voicing: SATB | 40505b | Songbook | $6.50 | With Piano


Nico Muhly : Third Service (Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis) : SATB : Songbook : 888680660802 : 14048130

Nico Muhly : Third Service (Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis)

Nico Muhly's Third Service (Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis) is a work for SATB Choir and Organ Accompaniment. Commissioned by the Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge, it was first performed by St John's College Choir on 29th May 2016. A full performance lasts around 7.5 minutes.

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Voicing: SATB | 40506b | Songbook | $4.95


Individual Folios

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All Our Works : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Songbook : 14043493 : 888680065683

Nico Muhly : All Our Works

This piece incorporates words by Thomas Cranmer. It was commissioned by The Cardinall's Musick for their 25th Anniversary in 2014, with the support of their friends. The first performance took place on 26 July 2014, conducted by Andrew Carwood at Wigmore Hall, London.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 | A Cappella |
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Gentle Sleep : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 14047937 : 888680643508

Nico Muhly : Gentle Sleep

This work was premiered by Stile Antico on 27th November 2015 at Wigmore Hall, London. The text comes from William Shakespeare's Henry IV, and a full performance lasts around 5 and a half minutes.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 | A Cappella |
14047937


How Soon? : SSAA : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 14047921 : 888680633486

Nico Muhly : How Soon?

How Soon? is a work by Nico Muhly for SSAA choir and ensemble. Commissioned by eighth blackbird, the Kennesaw State University School of Music, and the Anima-Young Singers of Greater Chicago, the piece is a setting of George Herbert's poem Mortification and lasts around 10 minutes.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $3.95 |
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In Great Numbers : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 00232492 : 888680701727

Nico Muhly : In Great Numbers

This work was commissioned by Wigmore Hall, with the support of André Hoffmann, president of the Foundation Hoffman, a Swiss grant-making foundation. The premiere took place on the October 14, 2016 at Wigmore Hall, where it was performed by the Cardinall's Musick, conducted by Andrew Carwood.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 | A Cappella |
00232492


In One Place : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 14043530 : 888680073251

Nico Muhly : In One Place

This work incorporates words by John Donne, paraphrasing Acts 2:1 Pentecost Antiphons.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 | A Cappella |
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Let All the World in Every Corner Sing : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 14043366 : 888680047047

Nico Muhly : Let All the World in Every Corner Sing

Let All The World In Every Corner Sing was commissioned by Graham Ross and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, and first performed on 27 May 2014 by them with Peter Harrison, Organ, and Benjamin Michaels, Cello. Rebecca Tavener, in the March 2015 issue of Organist's Review, states that Muhly has done more than merely set the text...it is an intriguing, fresh response.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 |
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Lord Heare My Prayer Instantly : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 14043653 : 888680090098

Nico Muhly : Lord Heare My Prayer Instantly

This beautiful piece is a setting of an anonymous metrical version of Psalm 102:1-2, in which the speaker begs God to listen and hear his pleas. This work was first performed by The International Orange Chorus of San Francisco, conducted by Zane Fiala, in honour of their tenth anniversary.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.50 | A Cappella |
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Lord, Keep Us Modest When We Claim : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 00244909 : 888680729103

Nico Muhly : Lord, Keep Us Modest When We Claim

Nico Muhly's Lord, Keep Us Modest When We Claim was commissioned by Eastman School of Music through its George W. Utech Congregational Hymnody Fund. First performed on 26 October 2016 as part of the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival. Arranged for SATB and Organ this piece has a duration of approximately 3 minutes.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
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| 00244909


Malmesbury Motets : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 00244247 : 888680729110

Nico Muhly : Malmesbury Motets

Nico Muhly's Malmesbury Motets arranged for SATB chorus and Viola da Gamba. Commissioned for the choir of Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire by Revd Canon Neill Archer (vicar) and Dr Annie Davis (Lay Precentor). First performed on 26 & 27 November 2016 at the Advent Carol Services at Malmesbury Abbey, by the Abbey Choir, directed by John Hughes and Rebecca Saunders. Duration approximately: 8 minutes.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.50 |
00244247


Marrow : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 00259459 : 888680747381

Nico Muhly : Marrow

Nico Muhly's Marrow composed for SATB choir unaccompanied with texts from Psalm 63 vv.13, 68 Book of Common Prayer (1662). Commissioned by the Netherlands Chamber Choir for the project 150 Psalms to be premiered by the Tallis Scholars during Utrecht EarlyMusic Festival, September 1st, 2017.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $4.25 | A Cappella |
00259459


Recordare, Domine : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 14043510 : 888680077341

Nico Muhly : Recordare, Domine

Originally commissioned by The Tallis Scholars from the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts and Lafayette College, the composition had its world premiere on the 15th November 2013. The piece is a unique setting of a Bible verse from Lamentations, and is as haunting as it is beautiful.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 | A Cappella |
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Set Me as a Seal : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 50600240 : 888680067601 : 149502153X

Nico Muhly : Set Me as a Seal

In the Jewish tradition, the Song of Songs is associated with love and the coming of spring. This setting is a powerful example of the highly sensual and passionate love poetry. It has long been interpreted by both the Jewish and Christian traditions as an extended allegory for the relationship between God and God's people as well as between two people in love.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
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Three Moon Songs : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 14047989 : 888680660710

Nico Muhly : Three Moon Songs

Three Moon Songs, newly written for Chanticleer, highlights this trip over the moon where our strongest emotions take us. Each of the three songs sets a poem from Symbolist poet Albert Giraud's Pierrot Lunaire, translated by Gregory C. Richter.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.95 | A Cappella |
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Thy Kingdom Come, O God : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 14048146 : 888680660789

Nico Muhly : Thy Kingdom Come, O God

Thy Kingdom Come, O God is a work by Nico Muhly, taken from the four-movement work Our Present Charter, commissioned by the Choir of the Temple Church, Mother-Church of the Common Law, to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of Magna carta on 15th June 1215. This is the vocal score, scored for SATB choir and organ accompaniment, lasting around 4.5 minutes.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 14048146


Whispered and Revealed : SATB : Nico Muhly : Nico Muhly : Sheet Music : 50600241 : 888680067618 : 1495021548

Nico Muhly : Whispered and Revealed

One of the world's exciting, young and creative composers, Nico Muhly has written a wonderful new choral piece that is perfect for a winter concert or any time. This work is a setting of Longfellow's poem Snow-Flakes. While the music reflects the delicacy of winter weather, both text and music hint at the anxiety that can accompany and announce the brutality of the season. Harp part available separately.

Composer: Nico Muhly

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50600241

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