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408 songs, topical index with 83 headings, 43 responsive readings and unison readings, suggested scripture readings for special occasions, benedictions.
for SATB unaccompanied In this unaccompanied setting of a text by contemporary poet Thomas A. Clark, Jackson skilfully evokes the magical atmosphere of the onset of nightfall. This is a striking and complex piece, with highly imaginative word setting.
for SSATB and organ This atmospheric anthem by Cecilia McDowall commemorates the First World War. It sets a stark English text by Dr Joseph Spence alongside Latin text from Psalm 130, with the words 'In memoriam' added. The lower parts sing Spence's English text, conveying the relentless hardship of life in the trenches with declamatory and constantly developing vocal lines. The sopranos, meanwhile, repeat the Latin words from Psalm 130, providing a striking contrast in their constancy and otherworldliness.
for SATB and piano or harp In his setting of the German hymn Wir pflugen und wir streuen, with a text translated by Jane Campbell, Rutter keeps the voices largely in rhythmic unison, skilfully bringing variety through variations to the timbre and dynamics from verse to verse. The text's focus on praise and thankfulness for a successful harvest makes it especially suitable for Thanksgiving and Harvest services, though it is equally effective as a general song of praise for other religious ceremonies. The piece is part of a wider collection of hymn arrangements, which have been recorded by the Cambridge Singers, directed by John Rutter, on the Collegium CD Sing, ye heavens (COLCD 126).
for SATB, piano, djembe, and cello 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.
Parry's Songs of Farewell were composed over the final decade of his life. The elegiac tone of the Songs may also reflect a sense of loss caused by the First World War - in which some of Parry's most promising students at the Royal College of Music lost their lives - and a decline in national confidence, expressed in a different manner in Parry's famous Jerusalem of 1916. The motets are among Parry's most eloquent and concise works, and deservedly form part of the rich canon of British choral music. This edition, by Associate Professor Robert Quinney, Director of the Choir of New College, Oxford, is the first to offer a critical assessment of the autograph manuscripts, held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It offers a significant earlier version of a section of the fourth motet, rescored passages from the fifth, helpful notes on performance, and supporting online materials. A comprehensive and practical edition, it also provides a clear and elegant presentation of the text.
for SATB and organ or piano or orchestra or brass This anthem combines original music by Mack Wilberg, words by David Warner, and the celebrated hymn tune 'Old One Hundredth', which emerges from heralding voices, cleverly and majestically interwoven. Hymn of Praise is on the CD 'Glory! Music of Rejoicing' (2012) recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square. Orchestral material is available on hire/rental.
for SATTBB unaccompanied Chilcott's arrangement of 'Viens par le pre', a folksong from the Haute-Auvergne region of France that presents a heartfelt expression of love, is tender and expressive, with rich, warm harmonies. 'Viens par le pre' is featured on the Tenebrae CD Sun, Moon, Sea, and Stars (Signum, SIGCD903).
Me and My Piano Animal Magic is a collection of essential daily exercises for the young pianist based on the classic studies of Czerny, Hanon, Philipp and Doynanyi. The technical points are imaginatively related to the characteristics of various animals, birds and insects. This book will transform dull practice routines into lively daily sessions! Originally published as a stand-alone book, it has now been brought in to the Me and My Piano Series within The Waterman/Harewood Series, the highly-acclaimed piano methods by Dame Fanny Waterman and Marion Harewood.
for SATB, clarinet, and piano Every Thing That Grows is an meaningful and uplifting setting of Shakespeare's Sonnet 15. Chilcott employs captivating vocal lines, a flowing piano part, and expressive clarinet interludes to reflect on the text's theme of mortality, with a profound closing section calling the listener to reflect upon the immortalising couplet 'And all in war with Time for love of you, As he takes from you, I engraft you new'.
for SATB (with divisions) and soprano saxophone Setting the original Latin text of the hymn better known as 'Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding', Jackson creates an Advent piece of beautiful stillness. The largely homophonic choral parts, with a soloist supplying a gentle contrapuntal line, are contrasted with light and graceful interjections from the saxophone. The result is a quietly moving piece ideally suited for a reflective moment during an Advent service.
The Immortal was commissioned by the BBC World Service, and was premiered at the BBC Proms in 2004. This work pays tribute to the influence of Chinese artists and intellectuals in the twentieth century. With an undercurrent of tranquillity and meditation, the work features a powerful and rhythmic introduction, from which emerges a section of sustained high-pitched glissandos, as well as lyrical melodies and expressive glissandos that characterise many of the solo motifs.
From the iconic 'Rhapsody in Blue' to his 'Three Preludes' for piano, the works of George Gershwin enjoyed immense popularity during his day and continue to be celebrated for their unique style. For intermediate to advanced players, George Gershwin: Sheet Music for Piano has over 40 pieces by the American composer to choose from. With fingerings clearly marked and designed for easy reading, these books are the ideal resource of any piano or keyboard player.
for SATB and organ or piano Originally published as the fifth movement in the large-scale work The Gift of Life, this is a pleasingly optimistic anthem in Rutter's gloriously uplifting style. The words by the composer capture a thankfulness for the world's creation, along with a sense of excitement and anticipation for the future to come. Rutter skilfully mirrors the varying moods of the text through harmonic shifts, melodic devices, and tempo fluctuations, and brings the music to a wonderfully calm and peaceful close.
Sing! Play! Learn! with Go Kid Music brings you 12 excellent songs that teachers and children will love! Based on popular Key Stage 2 topics, these catchy tunes enable primary class teachers to teach music while supporting learning across the whole curriculum. Each song comes with an easy-to-follow teaching video with on-screen lyrics and actions, performance and backing audio, PDF lyrics for whiteboard display and teaching notes. In addition, many have optional percussion parts, which are also demonstrated on the videos, and there's a selection of warm-ups and focus-builders to get everyone ready for singing! Written with the generalist class teacher in mind, the accompanying notes are divided into three main sections: SING - Straightforward, step-by-step instructions to help you teach the song from scratch; PLAY - Ways to use the song to meet the requirements of the Primary Music Curriculum and First Access (Wider Opportunities); LEARN - Creative extension activities relating to the song or topic. * Supports the National Curriculum for Music * Topic-based approach * Ideas for First Access (Wider Opportunities) * Supports SEND * No music reading required * Promotes physical activity * Ridiculously fun! "What a lovely voice Al Start has, and I love the way she uses real instruments to accompany her songs" ~ Julia Donaldson Topics include: Aztec civilization, The Anglo Saxons, Kindness and sharing, looking after our planet, Electricity, Child evacuees in World War II, The Roman Empire and Britain, The Tudors and Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, Harvest Festival, Space, aliens and friendship, Myths and legends, Aeroplanes and inventions.
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