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for solo tenor and SSATB unaccompanied Following on from the publication of Jackson's settings of the seven 'O' antiphons under the title Seven Advent Antiphons, O Virgo virginum is a setting of the Latin text recognised as the eighth 'O' antiphon and performed as such in many Christian traditions. Jackson's imaginative setting features a melismatic line for tenor soloist and aleatoric writing.
for cambiata 1, cambiata 2, baritone, and piano An original composition on a traditional and well-loved text, this is a pulsating, rhythmic piece that displays Tarney's keen sense of texture and lines that appeal to young singers. The harmonic language is folk-inspired but with exciting chromatic shifts that are part of the composer's accomplished style.
for CCBar and piano This original suite, written for the Warwickshire Youth Choir, represents an extended concert item at the centre of the Emerging Voices series. It sets anonymous instructions found in packaging to general household goods, providing amusing and theatrical highlights as well as musical interplay and formal episodes.
for CCBar and piano This arrangement of the well-loved spiritual celebrates gospel style in all its colours, through rhythm, close harmony, memorable melody, and piano riffs. Ian Crawford is Director of Music at The King's School in Macclesfield and musical director of Cambiata North West.
First published as The Scottish Folksinger in 1973, edited by Norman Buchan and Peter Hall, this book is a perfect introduction to the world of Scottish folk songs. Supported by the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA). Enjoy discovering - or re-discovering - gems of the Scottish Folk tradition. A pocket-size guide to the very best Scottish folk songs, with the melodic line and guitar chords printed for each song. Arranged in themes, and with songs for all occasions and moods, they paint a picture of Scottish life and culture over a wide geographic area and historical period. * each song is presented with its melodic line and guitar chords * includes favourites such as Skyscraper Wean, Skinny Malinky Lang Legs, Wha'll be King but Charlie?, Jock Tamson's Tripe, Barbara Allan and Lamkin * a celebration in song of Scottish cultural heritage
for SATB unaccompanied This secular work by John Rutter is set to the text of Shakespeare's famous Sonnet No. 18. Throughout the work, Rutter skilfully weaves the figurative language of the sonnet within the lyrical melodic lines of the music. Shakespeare's expressive text is passed between the voices, with the warm, verdant harmonies enveloping the sonnet's use of imagery and the work's central metaphor of comparing love to a summer's day.
for CCBar and piano This imaginative setting of Burns to an original tune by Pascoe is a masterful display of vocal textures and writing for male voices. It was a run-away success at the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival. Founder of the Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir, Pascoe is Head of Music at Richard Lander School, Cornwall.
for SATB unaccompanied A group of three miniatures for unaccompanied mixed voices, Some corner of a foreign field sets poems by three First World War soldiers: John William Streets, Goldfeld (about whom no more than his surname is known), and Rupert Brooke. Bednall's settings are slow, expansive, and expressive, giving space for the listener to reflect on the profoundly moving texts. Brooke's 'The Soldier' brings a particularly poignant conclusion to the set, with melismas employed for dramatic effect.
for SATTBB unaccompanied Victimae paschali laudes is an atmospheric arrangement of the traditional plainsong melody for this Latin text for Easter Sunday. Changing metres enable an authentic presentation of the plainsong style, and Lawson effectively employs interjections of 'alleluia' within the main body of the text as a powerful expression of the triumph of life over death that is at the heart of the Easter story.
for SATB (with divisions) and organ This jubilant carol sets a fifteenth-century text that rejoices in the birth of the baby Jesus. Bednall's rhythmically exciting setting features frequently changing time signatures, with 7/8 passages creating a jaunty feel. There are a variety of tempi and textures: a slower, tender middle section contrasts with the lively outer sections, and an unaccompanied section for the choir is juxtaposed against glittering, rhythmic organ passages. An ideal opener for any Christmas Carol concert, the work is featured on the Choir of Truro Cathedral's CD A Year at Truro (Regent Records).
for SATB and piano four-hands or orchestra This short, energetic piece sets words by contemporary hymn-writer Mary Louise Bringle. The text is full of positivity and hope, and Wilberg's use of a 7/8 time signature keeps the verses propelling forward joyously, while undulating quavers shape the refrains. Several key changes are supported by a continuously rhythmic accompaniment in the form of piano duet or large orchestra, and an instrumental interlude precedes the third and final verse.
for CBar and piano This original composition combines several traditional proverbs (Good things come to those who wait, What goes up..., Where there's a will...), a quirky melody, a laid-back swing feel, a whispering section, and an immediate melodic 'hook'. Sufficient unison writing supports effective learning, for this age group, and challenging duplet rhythms are made accessible within helpful longer phrases. The music is well-suited to the text and displays Bullard's accessible but highly accomplished compositional technique.
for SATB unaccompanied Following a collaboration with Katie Melua on her 2016 album 'In Winter', Bob Chilcott has made a choral arrangement of this traditional Ukrainian carol, first introduced to the English-speaking world as 'Carol of the Bells', with lyrics that link it to Christmas. Here the original is presented in Ukrainian and English, with haunting and atmospheric folk motifs distributed between the parts.
for SSATB unaccompanied An atmospheric and expressive setting of Caliban's dream from Shakespeare's The Tempest, this piece transports the listener to a mysterious, dream-like place. McDowall effectively employs melismas and ornaments to create a sense of the other-worldly, and her rich, immersive harmonies perfectly characterise the reverie Shakespeare's protagonist describes.
for SATBB unaccompanied Setting an evocative text by Louise Imogen Guiney, this reflective, episodic carol will be a particularly useful addition to the repertory of cathedral choirs. The oft-changing metres perfectly complement the poetic metre of the text, and the rich harmonies and lilting melodies give the carol a sense of poignancy.
for SATB unaccompanied This setting of a tune from The Sacred Harp is strong and march-like, with accented rhythms and percussive vocal lines contributing to a rousing overall effect. It was originally published as part of Mack Wilberg Anthems and is also available in a version for TTBB unaccompanied.
for SSA and piano This joyous and upbeat piece sets a text by Delphine Chalmers full of vivid imagery of childhood memories and with a compelling refrain: 'Though the years may make us strangers, our voices set the ripples dancing in memory's stream'. Alternation between passages of 4/4 and 7/8 gives a spirited offbeat feel, and the pleasingly simple melodic lines and long unison passages make the piece especially suitable for school or children's choirs.
for SATB, trumpet, and organ/orchestra The second of two Rutter anthems celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Give the king thy judgments, O God is a ceremonial work that draws upon the Book of Psalms alongside text written by the composer to create a suitably festive piece. Although the prevailing mood is jubilant, the closing pages provide a prayerful moment as Orlando Gibbon's gentle hymn tune Song 1 is interpolated to great effect. This anthem is featured on Rutter's highly-acclaimed CD The Gift of Life. A trumpet in C part is included in the vocal score, and a B flat trumpet part is available separately.
for SATB (with divisions) unaccompanied Annunciation is an expressive and expansive Advent carol based on words from John Donne's Holy Sonnets. McDowall creates a captivating atmosphere as the voices explore a soundworld that is mystical, reflective, and bright. The sensitive part-writing and accessible vocal lines will enable choirs of all types to profess the carol's message of 'salvation to all'.
for SATB unaccompanied James Kevin Gray's tender carol Little Baby, Born of Mary successfully juxtaposes sound and silence, with warm harmonies and gentle rhythms providing the musical backdrop for the timeless story of the nativity.
for SATB and piano This celebration of friendship is rich in expressive melodies and poignant harmonies, underpinned by sensitive piano writing. The text, by Delphine Chalmers, is inspired by French Renaissance essayist Michel de Montaigne's writings on friendship, from which the well known quotation 'If I am pressed to say why I loved him, I feel it can only be explained by replying: 'Because it was he; because it was me.'' originates. Eminently accessible, this piece is perfect for concert programmes celebrating friendship and community.
for CCBar and piano This arrangement meets the demand for timeless popular songs, designed to appeal to teachers and students alike. For three-part choir, it contains that memorable tune, Joel's clever lyrics, riffs associated with the original, and an exciting piano part that supports the singers and provides short interludes.
for SATB and organ This moving and prayerful arrangement of the well-known traditional song was written in memory of Nelson Mandela. Rutter treats the melody in simple yet varied ways, with a mixture of unison and four-part choral textures, into which the organ is gently interwoven. The piece reaches a dynamic and emotional peak in the fourth and final verse, before a quiet and reflective ending.
for SATB & piano/chamber orchestra This charming carol, composed in 1975 by Barbara Bell, was discovered by John Rutter, who enlisted the help of John Suchet and Classic FM to track down the composer. Haunting in character, but with a delightful French waltz feel and a sweeping piano part, La Berceuse has been recorded by Voces8 on the Decca label.
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