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Sarah Quartel

Sarah Quartel is a Canadian composer and educator known for her fresh and exciting approach to choral music. She celebrates the musical potential of all learners by providing singers access to high quality repertoire and engaging music education. Sarah's choral works are performed by children, youth, and adults throughout the world and her work as an educator connects exciting musical experiences with meaningful classroom learning.

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Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Sarah Quartel : Snow Angel : SSAA : Songbook : 9780193512283

Sarah Quartel : Snow Angel

Already a firm favourite with choirs across the world, Snow Angel is an evocative five-movement choral work that explores themes of love, rebirth, and beauty through the eyes of children and the heavenly army of angels that watch over them, yearning to make a difference to their lives. The work may be performed with narration, in which three angels present their perspectives on their earthly charges. Quartel weaves a haunting and poignant cello line throughout the work, and a vibrant part for djembe in movement four, 'Sweet child', carries the listener from the ethereal and mystical realm the work predominantly inhabits into an emphatic anthem with a distinctly African feel. The musical language is emotive and pictorial, allowing performers to play an active role in the storytelling.

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Voicing: SSAA | 40537b | Songbook | $9.25


Sarah Quartel : Snow Angel : SATB : Songbook : 9780193512290

Sarah Quartel : Snow Angel

Snow Angel is an evocative five-movement choral work that explores themes of love, rebirth, and beauty through the eyes of children and the heavenly army of angels that watch over them, yearning to make a difference to their lives. The work may be performed with narration, in which three angels present their perspectives on their earthly charges. Quartel weaves a haunting and poignant cello line throughout the work, and a vibrant part for djembe in movement four, 'Sweet child', carries the listener from the ethereal and mystical realm the work predominantly inhabits into an emphatic anthem with a distinctly African feel. The musical language is emotive and pictorial, allowing performers to play an active role in the storytelling.

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Voicing: SATB | 40538b | Songbook | $9.25


Sarah Quartel : A Winter Day : SATB : Songbook : 9780193514409

Sarah Quartel : A Winter Day

This five-movement work celebrates the long Canadian winter, setting texts by the composer, Sara Teasdale, Lucy Maud Montgomery (of 'Anne of Green Gables' fame), and Melville Cane. Each movement depicts a different time of day, beginning with the cold darkness before dawn ('Timid Star') and concluding with the evening turning into dusk and then darkness ('Snow Toward Evening'). The music conjures up vivid images of a cold and crisp winter, and of swirling, dancing snowflakes.

Songlist: Timid Star, A Winter Dawn, Into Morning , A Winter Day, Snow Toward Evening

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Voicing: SATB | 40539b | Songbook | $10.50


Individual Folios

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Alice : SSA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Songbook : 9780193392236

Sarah Quartel : Alice

Alice is a quirky, light-hearted celebration of the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. The singers' tale of an encounter with the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, and the Hatter is underpinned by a lively and characterful piano part. Spirited, fun, and with great potential for dramatic performance, this piece will be a memorable addition to any concert.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $3.85 |
9780193392236


God will give orders/Sweet child : SSAA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193512023

Sarah Quartel : God will give orders/Sweet child

This evocative anthem, from the larger work Snow Angel, is a piece of two halves. Opening with a haunting cello line, the first section ('God Will Give Orders') is mystical and ethereal, until a vibrant figure from the djembe lifts the music into the second section ('Sweet Child'), which is uplifting and bold in character, with a distinctly African feel and an effective a cappella ending.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $4.00 |
9780193512023


God will give orders/Sweet Child : SATB : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193514416

Sarah Quartel : God will give orders/Sweet Child

This evocative anthem, from the larger work Snow Angel, is a piece of two halves. Opening with a haunting cello line, the first section ('God Will Give Orders') is mystical and ethereal, until a vibrant figure from the djembe lifts the music into the second section ('Sweet Child'), which is uplifting and bold in character, with a distinctly African feel and an effective a cappella ending.
The instrumental parts are included in the vocal score, and a version for upper voices (SSAA) is also available.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $4.00 |
9780193514416


Here in my Heart : SSAA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193403673

Sarah Quartel : Here in my Heart

Here in my Heart is an uplifting and optimistic setting of an original text by the composer that explores the power of the natural world to fill the heart with song. The evocative melody perfectly complements the theme of the text and uses duplets and syncopated rhythms to create a lilting sense of ebb and flow. The rippling piano part and increasingly rich textures build to bring the piece to an emotive close.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $3.85 | With Piano |
9780193403673


Here on these Branches : SSAA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193392243

Sarah Quartel : Here on these Branches

This bewitching setting tells the story of a young girl walking in an enchanted forest, mesmerized by dreamy, ancient songs sung by a chorus of birds. An atmospheric ostinato played on finger cymbals and claves accompanies the voices, and Quartel sets a strong melodic line against the warm harmonies of the birdsong.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $3.85 | A Cappella |
9780193392243


How can I keep from singing? : SSAA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193522084

Sarah Quartel : How can I keep from singing?

This lively reimagining of the traditional hymn is a thrilling a cappella arrangement which pairs the soaring legato melody with a rhythmic vocal accompaniment. Together, these elements capture both the gentle hope and the profound joy contained in the text. Also including moments of tenderness and reflection, the piece comes to a rousing close with an energy that engages singers and audience alike.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $3.25 | A Cappella |
9780193522084


Huron Carol : SATB : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193396326

Sarah Quartel : Huron Carol

This is a traditional Canadian carol with a text by St Jean de Brébeuf, a seventeenth-century French missionary who worked primarily with the Huron people. Following an ethereal beginning with dissonant, haunting harmonies, the carol builds to an expansive climax. An accompaniment for chamber orchestra is available on hire.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.90 | With Piano |
9780193396326


I remember : SA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193392281

Sarah Quartel : I remember

I remember sets a text reflecting on the wonder of the natural world and the people who shape our lives. The stirring melody calls to mind the folksong tradition, and is underpinned by a gently flowing piano accompaniment. The middle section brings a contrast of tonality, with the altos accompanying the sopranos' melodic line, before the beguiling melody of the opening returns to bring the setting to a poignant close.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $3.25 | With Piano |
9780193392281


Morning Light : SSAA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193404755

Sarah Quartel : Morning Light

Morning Light sets an optimistic text by the composer about home and finding your way. Inspired by American folksongs, the captivating melody and warm harmonies perfectly complement the uplifting theme of the text. Morning Light will be a welcome addition to the upper-voice repertoire.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $3.25 | A Cappella |
9780193404755


Sanctum : SSSAA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193413382

Sarah Quartel : Sanctum

Sanctum is a captivating setting of four movements of the Requiem text, inspired by the landscape of the west coast of Canada. Each movement depicts an aspect of Vancouver Island (the water, mountains, wind, and sky), exploring landscape as a place of healing and sanctuary. The combined effect is some of Quartel's most atmospheric and dramatic writing to date.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSSAA | Sheet Music | $4.00 | A Cappella |
9780193413382


Sing, my Child : SATB : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193517912

Sarah Quartel : Sing, my Child

Sing, my Child sets a joyful text celebrating the beauty found all around us in everyday life. Characterized by tight harmonies and a dynamic percussion line, the buoyant 7/8 metre of the opening drives the piece forward. Lush harmonies colour the hymn-like B section as the text evolves into a call for strength despite the troubles that may come. Commissioned for a mass choir of over 700 singers, this piece is well-suited for combined choir projects or as a rousing and meaningful close to a concert.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.90 | A Cappella |
9780193517912


Sister Song : SSA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193392342

Sarah Quartel : Sister Song

This is a gentle setting of an optimistic text about joy and hope and the expression of these through song. Sister Song features delicate piano ostinatos, persuasive melodies, close harmonies, and contrasts of unison and imitative writing.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $3.25 | With Piano |
9780193392342


Songbird : SSA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193392304

Sarah Quartel : Songbird

Songbird sets an evocative text describing songbirds that spin tunes of gold. The catchy, colourful melody is first presented by tutti voices, and is then woven through the vocal parts, often to scat accompaniment. The setting ends with an effective passage of close imitation.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $3.25 | A Cappella |
9780193392304


The Beat of a Different Drum : TB : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193417670

Sarah Quartel : The Beat of a Different Drum

This original composition sets the composer's own text celebrating freedom of expression and the music within each of us. Accompanied by hand-drum and piano, the piece is an exciting and engaging sing filled with teachable moments and opportunities for musical growth, with simple legato and two-part passages, and vocal percussion.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $3.85 |
9780193417670


The Beat of a Different Drum : SA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193512719

Sarah Quartel : The Beat of a Different Drum

This original composition sets the composer's own text celebrating freedom of expression and the music within each of us. Accompanied by hand-drum and piano, the piece is an exciting and engaging sing filled with teachable moments and opportunities for musical growth, with simple legato and two-part passages, and vocal percussion.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $3.85 |
9780193512719


Voice on the Wind : SSAA : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193410138

Sarah Quartel : Voice on the Wind

Voice on the Wind sets an inspiring text, written by the composer, about the empowerment of singing. With a catchy melody, imitative scat singing, and a driving hand drum accompaniment, this piece has all the hallmarks of Quartel's innovative style.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $3.25 | A Cappella |
9780193410138


Wide Open Spaces : SATB : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193404830

Sarah Quartel : Wide Open Spaces

Commissioned for the 2015 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, Wide Open Spaces reflects on the journeys and adventures to be found in the wide open spaces within ourselves and in the world around us. The uplifting melody is passed from the upper voices to the lower voices before the piece opens out into an expansive texture with rich harmonies. Quartel introduces a playful episode of scat singing before a resolute final chorus brings this evocative piece to a peaceful and serene close.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.25 | With Piano |
9780193404830


Wide Open Spaces : TTBB : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193413399

Sarah Quartel : Wide Open Spaces

Like the original version for SATB voices, this new male-voice arrangement of Wide Open Spaces reflects on the journeys and adventures to be found in the wide opens spaces within ourselves and in the world around us. The uplifting melody is passed from the tenors to the baritones before the piece opens out into an expansive texture with rich harmonies. Quartel introduces a playful episode of scat singing before a resolute final chorus brings this evocative piece to a peaceful and serene close.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $3.25 |
9780193413399

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