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Aesop’s Fables (Volume 1)

As part of the first volume of adapting Aesop’s morals and tales into concert works for your school choir, these fables are varied in their musical settings.  Illustrating each story is the colorful piano accompaniment that gives the player the opportunity to perform multiple eras of musical styles, and the voice leading facilitates the choir to become narrators of Aesop’s tales and bring the stories to life. Your audiences will enjoy hearing each movement as they unfold from the stage.

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And I Can Sing (The Gift to Sing)

SATB and Piano

Using the poem The Gift to Sing by James Weldon Johnson, this dramatic composition takes the singers and audience alike on an adventure discovering their own unique voice.  Beginning as a lyrical melody in minor, the piece builds to its parallel major with a declaration from the poem’s text and evolves even further to an epic and dramatic statement universal to everybody.  This will be a great addition to your concert or festival repertoire celebrating the art of singing.

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Casey At the Bat

TTBB, a cappella

Reminiscent of the treasured Robert Shaw sea chanty and glee club arrangements, this jovial work will bring joy and brotherhood to your men’s choir rehearsals and performances.  In 6/8 meter and an accessible melodic range, the work evolves into a new texture with each new stanza of the famous Ernest Lawrence Thayer poem.  There are opportunities for solos and a small ensemble for singers to be in the spotlight.  Take a swing with your men’s choir, and your audience will enjoy this work like it’s a night out at the ballpark!  This composition is the Second Prize winner (Tenor/Bass Choir) in the 2023 ACDA Composition Focus Prize.

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(This is) Christmas Morning

SATB, a cappella

An upbeat and inviting song for the Christmas season, your choir will have a fun time performing this work!  This playful illustration of Edwin Waugh’s text features a lilting beat and lyrical voice leading, along with a short quotation of Deck the Hall and a solo opportunity.

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December

This gentle and lyrical setting of Harriett Blodgett’s poem evokes a whimsical remembrance and thankfulness in the yuletide season.  The folk-like melody is supported by the legato arpeggiations of the piano and the blossoming texture of the vocal harmonies that enliven the poetic text.  Suitable for school choirs and community choruses of any size, let this song be a reminder of the many gifts the Christmas season continues to give for all of us.

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Everywhere, Everywhere, Christmas Tonight!

SATB, a cappella

The Phillips Brooks poem creates a beautiful picture of the winter wonderland usually associated with the Christmas season, and singing its praises are the yuletide carolers.  This uplifting a cappella setting, akin to singing a yuletide carol, gives the choral ensemble the opportunity to perform anywhere of the winter holiday and all its wonderment.   Singers will have a delight performing this work at your next concert and special events in your community.

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Four Witticisms

SATB and Piano

This set of four short pieces was inspired by various word puzzle solutions. Each piece presents a humorous pun set in a unique musical style to highlight the lyric presentation. Four Witticisms makes a great concert closer that provides no better “alto-rnative” than a smile or giggle!

I. I Bought Me a Bakery
II. Fish in a Basket
III. My Friend’s Dog
IV. The Fence Builders

Preview recording by Hal Leonard (halleonard.com)

Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

SATB, a cappella

With inspiration from John Barlet’s madrigal “Of All the Birds”, this a cappella setting creates a Renaissance whimsical feel (like a madrigal) to match the text by Robert Herrick.  Homophonic and in comfortable ranges for all voices, this is an attainable choral piece for your choir to perform.  Have some fun singing this song at your next concert!

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I Am In Need of Music

SATB and Piano

The timeless words of Elizabeth Bishop receive a classical treatment with this lyrical melody supported by light, arpeggiated accompaniment (though written in 3/4 meter feels like 9/8 meter because of the consistant triplets). Suitable for any occasion and concert performance.

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I Am the World

The poet’s powerful words are fully encapsulated in this new choral anthem. The beginning declaration segues into a fast traveling waltz with a fervent and adventurous piano accompaniment. A slower, introspective section then returns to the fast waltz toward a final callback of the opening.

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SATB recording by Rocky Mountain Chamber Choir – Virtual Singers
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I Will Be Worthy of It

SATB, unaccompanied

Inspirational poetry set this new choral work into motion with rhythmic vitality and contrasting melodic lines. A call-and-response between voice sections heightens the excitement of the song, and a gospel-like chorus repeat gives your choir the opportunity to let loose, allowing for an opportunity for a soloist to riff. Ideal as a concert closer. Your choir will love this work and have fun!

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Recording by Rocky Mountain Chamber Choir Virtual Singers
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Irish Prayer

SATB and Piano

A simple and short, yet effective setting of the traditional Irish prayer text. The men and women begin separately, but join together for the last phrases of the song “and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

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The Joy of Giving

(Benediction)

This deceptively simple Christmas tune is rich with its nontraditional key signature, homophonic texture, and harmonic suspensions.  It can be performed with or without piano accompaniment, making it accessible for singers to perform anywhere.  Set like a benediction, this work would be perfect as a concert closer for your entire choir department to sing together at the end of your holiday concert.  The text by John Whittier reminds us to be thankful for the Christmas season and share that same sentiment with others “all the year through”.

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Let Me Make the Songs for the People

Two-Part, a cappella

This proud anthem will help your chorus achieve the ability to perform a cappella works at your next concert. With an extended range and differing rhythmic passages, this work will be a rewarding challenge to perform. The song begins with parallel verse-like stanzas then diverting to a new harmonic that builds toward the climactic end.

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Loch Lomond

SATB and Baritone Solo, a cappella

The familiar Scottish folk song receives a new and refreshing arrangement. Featuring a baritone solo mostly throughout the work, the chorus adds a whimsical setting with lyrical voice-leading and sustained dominant cadences. This work will take you to a fantastical image where true loves may meet again and will have your audiences entranced with your performance.

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Love and Friendship

SSA and Piano

With text by the English novelist and poet Emily Bronte, this composition for SSA chorus will be perfect for your women’s chorus at your next concert.  Everybody starts with the melody in unison, then branch out into three-part harmony.  The bridge begins with the altos on melody by themselves, then handing that off to the Soprano II, then handing that off to the Soprano I leading to the culmination for all three (3) parts singing together.  An alto split is optional on the last verse of the song.  Your choir and audience will enjoy this song!

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The Moment of Magic

SSA and Piano

Your women’s choir will embrace the beauty and power that music can bring with this work. The choir fully illustrates Victoria Safford’s timeless text and creates a wonderful picture of sound. The piano steadily accompanies the voices throughout the piece.

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Petrichor

SATB, Piano and Rainstick

pet·ri·chor (petrīkôr) (noun) A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

What an incredible feeling and sense of wonder to be out in the world after a rainstorm!  Using a rain stick and finger snaps to further illustrate the weather, the choir is also encouraged to take audible breaths (where they are written in the music), giving a place for them to enjoy this phenomena also.  This original composition will be perfect for your choir to demonstrate the concept of “word painting” and your audience will be entranced by the beauty of your performance and feel like they’re outside after a rainstorm as well.

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The Swan

SSAATTBB, unaccompanied

Set in a whimsical contemporary setting of the beloved poem, this choral setting of The Swan invokes the vivid imagery of its text by utilizing various textures and voice groupings as well as word painting.  Each voice gets the chance (even if for a short while) to sing the melody and propel the song forward before returning to the supportive background.  The chorus should perform the seemless harmonies and gentle nature of this work with the same gracefulness as a swan gliding on top of the water.

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Time Is

SATB and One-Hand Piano

Henry Van Dyke’s text illustrates the relentless nature of time and its many blessings and perils.  The staccato repetition of “time is” is constant throughout the work, and while everybody’s notes may happen at different times and may seem odd by themselves they wll fit together in performance.  Every voice part gets a chance to shine in their own line from the poem and leading the other voices to modulate toward a new key center each time.  Though seemingly a cappella, the one-hand piano part simulates the never-ending ticking of the clock while also being a root to the chording harmonizations happening with the voices.  A unique challenge for advanced high school and collegiate choirs.  Enjoy!

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We Are One

We Are One is a new choral work for a cappella voices. Starting with a soloist, the piece grows into a small ensemble and then finally the reonant entrance of the entire choir. Harmonic and homophonic voice leading gives strength to the text, creating a hymn-like quality. Divisi does occur at times within specific voice sections, all the while articulating and expanding the universality and connection to the seemingly simple text. Your singers will fall in love with this choral piece and, hopefully, be inspired to create a better humanity for today’s world.

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SSAA Recording by Rocky Mountain Chamber Choir Virtual Singers
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