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Mark Growden

Mark Growden is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, music educator, visual artist, and the founder/artistic director of The Calling All Choir. He is mentored by Vance George and Michael Kaulkin; is a Alice Parker Composers Workshop Fellow; and also studied with Remy Charlip and Doug Goodkin. He has released several critically acclaimed albums and has toured the US extensively. He has composed original musical scores for dozens of dance and theater companies and scored several films. Growden has devoted his life to making music for other people and to helping other people make music for themselves.

Choral Music by Mark Growden

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for unison chorus and piano
MGN-018
Equal Voices
Unison
2'27"
A moving setting of the classic American lullaby. Good for developing singers, but also a good choice for some lovely unison singing with more advanced ensembles. The students we arranged this for absolutely loved it. We hope your choir does too.
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for a cappella SATB chorus and drum
MGN-004
SATB
3'
English
Commissioned by The Watta Ribas Dance Company for their site-specific dance piece “Subject to Change” – Spring 2013
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SAATB Chorus and Upright Bass
MGN-011
SATB
6'
English
A laid-back vocal jazz piece featuring upright bass and the soloists of your choice.
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for a cappella SATB chorus
MGN-003
SATB
2'40"
English
This composition is dedicated to my grandmother Dorothy Jane Farrar. Memory, my fickle friend I’ve never known you well The faded scenes you recommend They ring a distant bell The blemishes the blooms The laughter and perfume My children’s children have children of their own Memory, my weathered friend Don’t leave me here alone Apples […]
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SATB with Divisi
MGN-008
SATB
1'45"
English
A short simple piece with lush harmonies.
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for unison chorus and piano
MGN-019
Unison
3' 11"
English
A dramatic setting of the classic Russian folk song. Good for developing singers, but also a good choice for some lovely unison singing with more advanced ensembles.
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for a cappella SATB chorus
MGN-001
SATB
4'
English
Written for my wife Jess Hobbs while at the Chalk Hill Artist Residency in Healdsburg, California. Its a sweet little love song written in a Gospel/Jazz style.
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SATB with Divisi
MGN-006
SATB
3'00"
English
Based on a traditional text and a melody I learned from Skate Stone, which he learned from James Harding, which he learned from an unknown source.
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for a cappella SATB chorus
MGN-012
SATB
4'00"
English
Saguaro (pronounced sa-Wah-ro) was written in response to the Tucson shootings on January 8, 2011 – now known as the Tucson Tragedy. It is a song of compassion and tenderness.
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SATB Chorus, Piano, and B♭ Trumpet
MGN-009
SATB
3'14"
English
A lively and playful piece featuring SATB chorus, B♭trumpet and piano.
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for mixed choir a cappella
MGN-010
SATB
SSAATTB
2' 20"
English
A heartfelt piece for SSATTB chorus.
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for a cappella SATB chorus (with divisi)
MGN-002
SATB
2'50"
English
Composed and written for The Calling All Choir while at the Chalk Hill Artist Residency in Healdsburg, California. My first night at the residency I woke up before dawn. The previous evening I was enjoying the sounds of crickets chirping. I expected to hear them that morning, but instead I was met with silence. I […]
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SATB with Divisi
MGN-005
SATB
2'50"
English
Music by Mark Growden Text by Pat Schneider THE PATIENCE OF ORDINARY THINGS by Pat Schneider It is a kind of love, is it not? How the cup holds the tea, How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare, How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes Or toes. How soles of feet know Where they’re […]
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for Chorus and Body Percussion (SATB, SSAA and TTBB Versions)
MGN-007
SATB
SSAA
TTBB
3'45"
English
This piece was written while walking through the Mission District of San Francisco on a rainy evening. California has been experiencing a serious drought these past few years. I was thrilled to feel the raindrops, hence the celebratory feeling of the piece. — Mark Growden
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Music for other instruments by Mark Growden

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Jaw Harp
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This collection of compositions is for the open/closed glottis, second-formant, melodic technique of jaw harp playing, as can be found in the traditional musics of Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Sicily, Estonia, and Rajasthan. In Russian and English. включает в себя перевод на русский язык.
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