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Harvard Glee Club

Harvard Glee Club

Male Choral Chorus from MA.

America's oldest college chorus, the Harvard Glee Club was founded in March 1858 by the president of Harvard's Pierian Sodality and several of its College friends. Over the rest of the 19th century, HGC numbered about a dozen or two men and sang a repertoire ranging from old European and American college and folk songs to contemporary art songs to popular operetta/show tunes, often combining with banjo and mandolin ensembles and local bands. Its performances were not limited to metropolitan Boston but extended throughout the Northeast.

In the early years of the 20th century, many HGC members were also singing in the Harvard University Choir. They appreciated the advantage of the vocal training and of learning sacred music, and they gradually convinced the Club to ask the University Organist and Choirmaster, Dr. Archibald T. Davison, to coach HGC. From 1912, "Doc" Davison expanded the Glee Club's musical horizons and improved its vocal/choral abilities, as a larger HGC performed solo concerts as far afield as the Midwest. During this period, Doc began combining HGC with the women of the Radcliffe Choral Society for large choral-orchestral works; and in 1917, HGC and RCS began singing these works with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, an association that continued into the middle 1970s.

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Harvard Glee Club : 150th Anniversary Concert : 00  1 CD : Jameson Marvin

Harvard Glee Club : 150th Anniversary Concert    onsale

America's oldest collegiate men's chorus, the 60-strong Harvard Glee Club, under the storied direction of Jameson Marvin since 1978, celebrates its 150th Anniversary with a live concert. There are 17 cuts here, some of them piano accompanied. Three of them, "I. The Shepherd of King Admetus," II. The Voiceless" and III. "Fata Morgana," are from Dominick Argento's "Apollo in Cambridge," written especially for the Glee Club and premiered here. Other favorites are Michael Praetorius' "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming," a pair by Josquin des Prez, "Kyrie" and "Agnus Dei I, II, III;" conductor Marvin's "Cantantes Licet," Benjamin Britten's "The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard," Stephen Foster's "Gentle Annie," a very funny rendition of the American Folk song "Sacramento," the 18th century Welsh Folk song "All through the night" and a piano-accompanied medley of traditional "Harvard Football Songs." This is a beautiful, spirited, joyous collection from one of America's great collegiate men's choruses, the Harvard Glee Club!

Songlist: Apollo in Cambridge, A Harvard Triptych: I. The Shepherd of King Admetus, A Harvard Triptych: II. The Voiceless, A Harvard Triptych: III. Fata Morgana, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, Kyrie, Agnus Dei I, II, III, Cantantes Licet Usque Eamus, Slava v Vishnih Bogu, The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Bernard , Gentle Annie, Airang, Sacramento, Lowlands, All Through The Night, Glorious Apollo, Harvard Football Songs, Fair Harvard

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6510c | 1 CD | $9.95 | A Cappella


Harvard Glee Club : A Spring Farewell : 00  2 CDs : Jameson Marvin

Harvard Glee Club : A Spring Farewell    onsale

This is a live, 2-CD set, recorded at a Celebration of the Career of Dr. Jameson Marvin (Director of Choral Activities at Harvard from 1978 to 2010) from April 30, 2010; featuring the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, all conducted by Dr. Marvin and Associate Conductor Kevin Leong. Disc 1 has 20 songs, some favorites are Palestrina's "Sicut cervus," Thomas Tomkins' "When David Heard," Schubert's "Nachthelle-Opus 134," Randall Thompson's "Stopping by Woods," Pablo Casals' "Nigra sum," Zoltan Kodaly's "Esti dal," Stravinsky's 4-part "Podbliudniye," the American Folk song "He's Gone Away," Conductor Marvin's "Each Future Song," Steven Sametz' "Munus," and Brahms' "Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk." Disc 2 features the World Premier of Robert Kyt's two-part "Song of Awakening;" Part I is "Lament-O Lord Hear My Cry," and Part II is "Psalm-Through God Within." Kyt's work was composed in honor of Dr. Marvin's retirement, and it is followed by remarks by Rev. Peter Gomes and Jack Megan. "A Spring Farewell" is a rich, moving collection by three of America's best collegiate choruses, to honor their great Director, Conductor, teacher and friend as he steps down from his work of molding and making them what they are today!

Songlist: Sicut Cervus, When David Heard, Gazapkhuli , Nachthelle- Opus 134, All Through the Night, Stopping By Woods, Nigra Sum, Tenebrae factae sunt, Esti dal, U Spasa f Chigisah (Near the Savior's Church in Chigisy) , Ovsen, Shchuka (The Pike), Puzishche (Fatso), He's Gone Away, Laudate pueri Dominum, Alma redemptoris Mater, Each Future Song, Abendlied, Munus, Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk

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6511c | 2 CDs | $9.95 | A Cappella


Harvard Glee Club : American Choral Music for Male Voices : 00  1 CD : Jameson Marvin

Harvard Glee Club : American Choral Music for Male Voices

"American Choral Music" celebrates the 150th anniversary of the 60-strong Harvard Glee Club, the oldest college chorus in America. These 20 songs are a sampler of the wonderfully varied repertoire of this great male chorus. Our favorites include a pair by Randall Thompson, "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "The Pasture," both lightly accompanied; Charles Fussell's dissonant "A Walt Whitman Sampler," Steven Sametz' "Shall I Compare Thee," Morten Lauridsen's "Ave Dulcissima Maria," Rodney Lister's "The Oxen-To the Meads," Aaron Copeland's exuberant "The Little Horses," Chris Tapani's mysterious, a cappella "The Sea is Awash With Roses," Irving Fine's eclectic "McCord's Menagerie, Four Variations for Male Voices, II. Jerboa and IV. Clam (or Whose Ooze)." Other favorites are the American Sea Shanty "Lowlands," Stephen Foster's lovely, lightly-accompanied "Gentle Annie" and the Welsh folksong "All Through the Night." "American Choral Music" shows off the varied but consistently excellent vocal talents of one of America's oldest and best Collegiate choral groups, the Harvard Glee Club!

Songlist: Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, The Pasture, A Walt Whitman Sampler, Nunc Dimittis, Almighty Father, Dulcis Amor, Shall I Compare Thee?, Psaume 121, Ave Dulcissima Maria, The Oxen- To The Meads, The Sea Is Awash With Roses, Quis Multa Gracilis, The Little Horses, Little Man, Cantates Eamus, McCord's Menagerie - Four Vivariations For Male Voices - II. Jerboa, McCord's Menagerie - Four Vivariations For Male Voices - IV. Clam (or Whose Ooze), Lowlands, Gentle Annie, All Through The Night

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8982c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella


Harvard Glee Club : Christmas With : 00  1 CD : Jameson Marvin

Harvard Glee Club : Christmas With

The oldest college chorus in America, the 60-voice, all-male Harvard Glee Club was essentially a social club on campus after its founding in 1858, performing college songs and glees to the accompaniment of banjos and mandolins. It was not until 1912, under the dynamic leadership of its new conductor, Dr. Archibald Davison, that it began to develop a repertoire of distinction and earn a national reputation. Under conductor Jameson Marvin since 1978, the HGC has been invited to perform at 5 national conventions of the ACDA, and recently they have appeared at Boston's Symphony Hall and Kennedy Center, and at the Lincoln Center in New York. "Christmas With" is a finely-crafted, mostly a cappella Christmas collection of 13 songs. Favorites are the 13th Century Georgian wedding song "Shen khar venakhi," the Gregorian chant "Salve Regina," Josquin des Prez' "Gloria," Michael Pretorius' lovely "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming," the traditional carol "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," the organ-accompanied "Three Kings of Orient," Leonard Bernstein's "Almighty Father," Hildegard von Bingen's haunting "Caritas abundat," Thomas Tallis' "Sanctus," Randall Thompson's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," based on the Robert Frost poem, Hans Leo von Hassler's exquisite "Cantate Domino" and Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria." "Christmas With the Harvard Glee Club" is a richly harmonic gift to yourself or your loved ones that will add to your celebration and joy of Christmas!

Songlist: Shen Khar Venakhi, Salve Regina, Kyrie, Gloria, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Three Kings Of Orient, Almighty Father, Caritas Abundat, Sanctus, Stopping by Woods On A Snowy Evening, Cantate Domino, Ave Maria

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8984c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Primarily a cappella


Harvard Glee Club : Long Way From Home : 00  1 CD : Jameson Marvin

Harvard Glee Club : Long Way From Home

The 60-voice Harvard Glee Club, Harvard's internationally renowned men's chorus, is the oldest college chorus in America, founded by students in 1858 to sing college songs and glees. It took until 1912, under the dynamic direction of Dr. Archibald T. Davison, that the Glee Club developed a repertoire of distinction and gained a national reputation. Drawing its repertoire from six centuries, the Glee Club has proved itself particularly expert in the performance of contemporary American music, sacred repertory of the Renaissance, Eastern European music and Folk songs of the world. Under the direction of Jameson Marvin since 1978, the HGC has enhanced its reputation as one of America premier collegiate choruses. "Long Way From Home" is a rich collection of 27 tunes, many of them, like "The Minstrel Boy," "Danny Boy," "Skye Boat Song," "K'ang Ting Love Song" and "Barb'ra Allen," beautifully arranged by conductor Marvin, and several others, like "The Foggy Dew," "Glorious Apollo" and "Sacramento," arranged by Archibald Davison. Other favorites are Franz Schubert's "Widerspruch" and "La Pastorella, the Georgian Folk song "Voi Di Vo," the traditional song "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," "Lowlands" (arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw; and several written by Harvard men, Richmond K. Fletcher's "Yo Ho" and "The Grid Iron King & Soldiers Field," R.G. Williams' "Up the Street" and "Harvardiana," Murray Taylor's "Ten Thousand Men of Harvard" and "Fair Harvard," a traditional Irish Air based on a poem by Samuel Gilman, 1811. Every cut here has the wonderful beauty and gravitas we've come to expect and enjoy from this venerable, powerful men's chorus!

Songlist: N'e Se Di Djemo, The Minstrel Boy, Waitin' for the Dawn of Peace, Laura Lee, The Foggy Dew, Danny Boy, Bushes and Briars, Glorious Apollo, Skye Boat Song, Widerspruch, La Pastorella, Suo Gan, Shenandoah, Esti Dal, Voi Di Vo, Ej Dziny Dziny Dom, K'ang Ting Love Song, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Gentle Annie, Sacramento, Barb'ra Allen, Lowlands, Yo Ho, Ten Thousand Men of Harvard, Up the Street, Harvardiana: The Grid Iron King & Soldiers Field, Fair Harvard

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9249c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella


Harvard Glee Club : The Archive Collection : 00  1 CD : G. Wallace Woodworth

Harvard Glee Club : The Archive Collection

G. Wallace Woodworth (1902-1969) is renowned as a choral and orchestral conductor, organist and music educator. At Harvard he studied history and music from 1924-26, and accompanied the Harvard Glee Club. This collection of recordings from his tenure as conductor of the Harvard Glee Club (from 1933) is performed by the HGC with the Radcliffe Choral Society. Included here are 22 Classical works, mostly a cappella pieces performed by both groups, but a handful performed by the groups individually. Favorites are three songs by Claude Debussy, "Dieu! Qu'il la Fait Bon Regarder," "Quant J'ai Ouy le Tabourin" and "Yver, Vous N'estes qu'un Villian;" several tunes by Palestrina, "Benedictus," "Confitemini Domini," "Stabat Mater Dolorosa," "Adoramus Te," "Sanctus and Osanna" and "Benedictus and Osanna." Jacob Regnart's "Petite Nymfe Folatre," Orlandus Lassus' "Mon Coeur se Recommande a Vous" and "Bonjour Mon Couer," Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus" and Leo Preger's "Four Motets" are also some of our favorites. This material is difficult, powerful and not something that your average college glee clubs would consider learning and adding to their repertoire. A remarkable, beautiful collection from a pair of America's best women's and men's choral groups!

Songlist: Mon Coeur Se Recommande A Vous, Nous Voyons Que Les Hommes , Petite Nymfe Folatre, Bonjour, Mon Couer, Dieu! Qu'il La Fait Bon Regarder, Quant J'ai Ouy Le Tabourin, Yver, Vous N'estesqu'un Villain, Four Motets, Benedictus, Ave Verum Corpus, Miserere, Supplicationes, Confitemini Domini, Adoramus Te, Tibi Laus, Tibi Gloria, Iustorum Animae , Stabat Mater Dolorosa, Adoramus Te, Sanctus And Osanna, Benedicus And Osanna, O Maria, Diana Stella, Miserere Mei

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8983c | 1 CD | $15.95 | Primarily a cappella


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A Love Song to Polly : SATB : Jameson Marvin : Jameson Marvin : Harvard Glee Club :  1 CD : 50498803 : 884088907877 : 1480342513

Jameson Marvin : A Love Song to Polly

Reflections from composer Jameson Marvin on a love that is quiet and secure as a result of a life well lived and well loved. And even after many years together, the excitement of a love that can still grow is captured in the musical writing.

Composer: Jameson Marvin Performed By: Harvard Glee Club

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
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| 50498803


All Through the Night : TTBB : Jameson Marvin : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50489862 : 884088408268 : 1423482697

Jameson Marvin : All Through the Night

Continuing the proud history of the Harvard Glee Club, this male voice setting of a Welsh folksong will showcase your singers at their best, offering many opportunities to develop phrasing, intonation and blend. Duration: ca. 2:45.

Arranger: Jameson Marvin Performed By: Harvard Glee Club

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
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| 50489862


Characters to Paint : SATB : James Marvin : James Marvin : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50600488 : 888680603779 : 1495057798

James Marvin : Characters to Paint

Written for the professional choir, The Jameson Singers, this moving text by Phillis Wheatley unfolds in long vocal lines with broad dynamics and liberal use of rubato. This is the convergence of visual, literary and musical art and offers tremendous room for discussion among the performers as they uncover the depth of this work.

Composer: James Marvin Performed By: Harvard Glee Club

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
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| 50600488


Gloria : TTBB : Josquin DesPrez : Josquin DesPrez : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50498804 : 884088907884 : 1480342521

Josquin DesPrez : Gloria

Josquin des Prez is the master of polyphony for singers. Conductor, composer, editor Jameson Marvin is the standard bearer for polyphony in today's choral classroom. This movement from Missa Mater Patris allows your men's chorus to explore both polyphony and several beautiful homophonic moments in this Renaissance masterpiece. Duration: ca. 4:00

Composer: Josquin DesPrez Performed By: Harvard Glee Club

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
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| 50498804


I Dream of Jeanie : TTBB : Jameson Marvin : Stephen Foster : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50600490 : 888680603793 : 149505781X

Jameson Marvin : I Dream of Jeanie

This delicate and sensitive new arrangement of beloved American classic, arranged for the Harvard Glee Club by its former director, Jameson Marvin, is worthy of any fine men's choir. With counterpoint for all voices, a melody that is passed between voices and a chance to feature a baritone soloist, this is a welcome addition to the male chorus library.

Arranger: Jameson Marvin | Composer: Stephen Foster Performed By: Harvard Glee Club

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
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| 50600490


Kyrie : TTBB : Josquin de Prez : Josquin de Prez : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50600489 : 888680603786 : 1495057801

Josquin de Prez : Kyrie

Jameson Marvin and the Harvard Glee Club have been the standard bearers for serious music for men's choirs for decades. This beautiful, easy-to-read edition from the des Prez Missa Mater Patris will be a welcome addition to your library.

Composer: Josquin de Prez Performed By: Harvard Glee Club

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
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| 50600489


Magnificat : SSAA : Jameson Marvin : Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50498649 : 884088878504 : 1480312967

Jameson Marvin : Magnificat

Jameson Marvin, through his work with Harvard and Radcliffe, has re-established the importance of teaching polyphony in the modern choral classroom. This beautiful setting of the Magnificat by Palestrina has been editited by Dr. Marvin to accommodate modern notation, clefs and measure lines. He also maintains rhythmic groupings enabling the singers to move beyond the tyranny of the bar line and bring a beautiful and authentic performance to the stage.

Arranger: Jameson Marvin | Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Performed By: Harvard Glee Club

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $2.75 | A Cappella |
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| 50498649


She Moved Through the Fair : SATB : Jameson Marvin : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50489858 : 884088408244 : 1423482670

Jameson Marvin : She Moved Through the Fair

This haunting Irish ballad will certainly become a favorite of your singers! The modal flavor of the setting and the effective use of solo soprano will create a moment of breathtaking beauty in concert. Duration: ca. 3:10.

Arranger: Jameson Marvin Performed By: Harvard Glee Club | Country: Ireland

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
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| 50489858


Sweet Phoebe : SSAA : Jameson Marvin : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50498650 : 884088878511 : 1480312975

Jameson Marvin : Sweet Phoebe

This arrangement of the popular English Folk Song, originally known as Sovay Sovay tells the story of a young woman who takes matters into her own hands in order to find out if the man she loves truly loves her. The character is strong, especially for the 19th century and the music is just as strong and bold. Women will love telling this story and singing this bold and beautiful folk song. Duration: 3:30

Arranger: Jameson Marvin Performed By: Harvard Glee Club | Country: England

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
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| 50498650


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/All Night, All Day : SATB : Jameson Marvin : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50489859 : 884088408251 : 1423482689

Jameson Marvin : Swing Low, Sweet Chariot/All Night, All Day

This accessible setting of two traditional spirituals will be a very effective selection in concert. Featuring baritone and mezzo soprano soloists with choir back-up, the rich choral harmonies will resound throughout your performance space. Duration: ca. 3:45.

Arranger: Jameson Marvin Performed By: Harvard Glee Club

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.95 | A Cappella |
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| 50489859


Two from Hymns and Anthems : SATB : Jameson Marvin : Jameson Marvin : Harvard Glee Club : Sheet Music : 50600491 : 888680603809 : 1495057828

Jameson Marvin : Two from Hymns and Anthems

Described as choral counterpoint for church choirs, these two short selections, God Thoughts and Majesty of Mountains, are gems that can be used as responses in worship, or combined, as a lovely anthem.

Composer: Jameson Marvin Performed By: Harvard Glee Club

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 50600491