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for SA children's choir and piano
RCL-009
SA
3'10"
English
“The Wind” was commissioned by the Organization of American Kodály Educators as a result of Rich Campbell winning the Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize. The text is from Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1885 A Child’s Garden of Verses. The choir begins by emulating the sound of the wind, and then sings directly to the wind, describing the […]
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for SATB choir and piano
RCL-003
SATB
4'
English
2016 Idaho All-State, 2018 Arkansas All-State selection “If I Can Sing, I Still Am Free” was the winner of the San Diego choir SACRA/PROFANA’s 2014 composition competition. It’s an ideal piece for festivals and large ensembles, with a text that champions inner strength in the face of adversity. It has quickly become one of Campbell’s […]
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for SSA women's choir
RCL-001
SSA
2'30"
English
“Winter Stars” was written by Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) and was first published in 1920 in the collection “Flame & Shadow.” She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, found acclaim while living in New York City, and became disillusioned in her later years. Perhaps she was writing this poem with World […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-004
SATB
5'15"
English
“If Ever There Is” is a setting of “John’s Song,” by American poet Robert Creeley (1926-2005). The poem has a dedication to the poet John Taggart; the style of wordplay and repetition here can also be found in Taggart’s poetry. I hear it as a prayer for peace. In 1967 Creeley signed a “Writers and […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-005
SATB
4'
English
“Coney Island,” was written by Pulitzer prize winning American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) and was first published in 1911 in the collection “Helen of Troy and Other Poems.”. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she lived for many years in New York City. My immigrant great-grandparents settled in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1890’s, and lived […]
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for SATB choir, a cappella
ROM-9602
Pied Beauty is a short, reverent poem by English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1898). Throughout the first half of this choral setting, the music combines a marcato, dappled polyphony with mixolydian/triadic harmony (a nod to the poet’s era and homeland); then, in the second half, the music’s texture mellows into a smooth homophony with extended […]
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for mixed choir a cappella
GTT-007
SATB
1'35"
English
This is a simple a cappella setting of William Blake’s poem, ‘Little Lamb, who made thee?’ The two verses are set for SATB, with an optional soprano solo at the beginning. It was written for Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir, but is suitable for a group of any size, from quartet upwards!
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-007
SATB
4'30"
English
The Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York has a “Poetry in Motion” series that puts posters of poetry in subway cars. I was on the 1 train on Manhattan’s West Side one day when I saw the poem “Heaven,” by Patrick Phillips. I was immediately captured by the simple beauty of Patrick’s poem, and the […]
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for TTBB choir a cappella
RCL-010
TTBB
3'15"
English
When I first discovered Charles Bernstein’s beautiful poem, I knew immediately that I wanted to set it for men’s chorus. The poem expresses so much within a brief, 4-verse form. I set out to use harmony to color the text’s rich imagery while honoring the poem’s lyrical and repetitive nature in the melody. The surprising […]
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for SATB choir and piano
RCL-015
SATB
3'20"
English
“Entrance” is a new choral composition for SATB choir w/piano accompaniment. The inspiring, secular text is by Dana Gioia, former US poet laureate. It invites the listener to find new discoveries, new creations: “step out…. of the room that lets you feel secure. / Infinity is open to your sight.” With a jazz-influenced, uptempo piano […]
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Three songs for SATB Choir and piano
WCL-001
SATB
14'
English
Among The Trees  The Clearing Rests In Song and Shade I Go Among the Trees and Sit Still All the Earth Shall Sing (The dark around us, come) Three Songs for SATB Choir & Piano Words by Wendell Berry These three songs are about finding peace and unity within nature.  Balance comes to many of […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-008
SATB
4'20"
English
THE SMALLEST SONG, a setting of a text by American poet Martha Collins, is a gentle piece, full of warmth and intimate emotion. The wordplay in the text is matched in the composition; phrases are slightly altered, inverted and developed as the work builds. Jazz-like harmonies infuse the piece with a soothing vitality throughout. “A […]
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for treble choir
GTT-002
SSA
2'
English
This short SSA piece was written for the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club.   It is an unaccompanied 3-part setting of the poem by the English poet, Robert Herrick.   Jaclyn Johnson, Interim Director of the Glee Club said,  “This is a WONDERFUL piece! I love that you have composed in an older polyphonic style to match […]
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for SATB a cappella with divisi and boy soprano obligato
ROM-9601
4' 45"
From an Oregon Bach Festival concert review by Tom Manoff, in the (Eugene, Oregon) Register-Guard , July 11, 2002: “Rebecca Oswald is not a showy composer, but she’s an honorable one. ‘The Soul Contemplates the Creator In the Creation’ is splendid choral writing. This unpretentious style isn’t calculated to impress the trendy set, but in […]
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for SATB choir a cappella with divisi
ROM-9701
4' 10"
The Soul Considers Its Nearness to God is the second in a choral set entitled Three Songs of the Soul. Jan Luyken (1649-1712), a native of Amsterdam, lived a secluded life as a poet, artist, and engraver. In this choral setting, the melodies and harmonies aspire to express the meaning and beauty of the poet’s […]
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for SATB choir a cappella with divisi
ROM-9801
3' 40"
The Soul’s Devotion at the Rebirth of Life is the first in a choral set entitled Three Songs of the Soul. Jan Luyken (1649-1712), a native of Amsterdam, lived a secluded life as a poet, artist, and engraver. In this choral setting, the melodies and harmonies aspire to express the meaning and beauty of the […]
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Women's Choir (SSA)
GTT-005
SSA
2'45"
English
This setting of a poem by Linda Marcus is entirely pentatonic (i.e. uses only 5 notes – C, D, F, G and A) apart from the very last measure. The pentatonic setting is intended to create a naive effect, recalling childhood. (The very opening is based on a universal 3-note ‘song of childhood’.) The points […]
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for SATB choir and optional Soprano solo
POA-002
SATB
SSAATTBB
7'20"
Latin
“Cantemus in omni die” is a setting of a hymn to the Virgin Mary written by Cú Chuimne Sapiens, an Irish monk active at Iona by the early 8th century (died 747).  It is the earliest known Latin hymn to Mary originally composed in the Western Christian Church rather than translated into Latin from earlier […]
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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 TBB chorus, piano, and violin
SRD-004c
TB
TBB
TTB
TTBB
5'
English
Hebrew
In the poem “Psalm of the Sky,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reimagines “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23) in a contemporary context. Performers may highlight the many instances of text painting and create contrast between moments of gentleness, boldness, and carefree movement. The last verse of Psalm 23 is included in Hebrew as a coda […]
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for SAB chorus, piano, and violin
SRD-004a
SAB
SATB
5'
English
Hebrew
In the poem “Psalm of the Sky,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reimagines “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23) in a contemporary context. Performers may highlight the many instances of text painting and create contrast between moments of gentleness, boldness, and carefree movement. The last verse of Psalm 23 is included in Hebrew as a coda […]
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for SSA chorus, piano, and violin
SRD-004b
SA
SAA
SSA
SSAA
5'
English
Hebrew
In the poem “Psalm of the Sky,” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat reimagines “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23) in a contemporary context. Performers may highlight the many instances of text painting and create contrast between moments of gentleness, boldness, and carefree movement. The last verse of Psalm 23 is included in Hebrew as a coda […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-021
SATB
3'30"
English
Golden Apples Of The Sun (SATB, unaccompanied) is a joyful, rhythmic piece with lyrics inspired by a Yeats poem. Accessible, uptempo and exhilarating, it is ideal for civic events and celebrations. It is a dynamic work that is exciting for both performers and listeners. Winner of the Celebration Singers 80th Anniversary Composition Competition.
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for SATB choir with organ or orchestra
GTT-028
SATB
5' 40"
English
“Prelude and Cherubic Hymn” was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, to mark the 25th anniversary of their annual Advent services held in Berlin Cathedral. It was performed by joint choirs, drawn from students, parents and faculty, and choir members of the American Church in Berlin on 29 November 2017. The piece […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
RCL-016
SATB
3'35"
English
The text of “In Those Years, No One Slept” is a scene from a time of conflict/war, by Romanian-American immigrant Claudia Serea. The score is at once rhythmic and exciting, haunting and unsettling. It was a winner of the 2018 Uncommon Music Festival Composition Competition. It is accessible for all fine high school, collegiate and […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
POA-020
SATB
4' 10"
Italian
Due Sonetti de Petrarca are settings of sonnets by Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) (1304-1374), great Italian scholar and poet and one of the earliest humanists. The set was written for the Saint Mary’s University Chamber Singers, who premiered the works on their tour of France in March, 2009, with the composer conducting.
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for SATB choir a cappella
POA-021
SATB
3' 40"
Italian
Due Sonetti de Petrarca are settings of sonnets by Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) (1304-1374), great Italian scholar and poet and one of the earliest humanists. The set was written for the Saint Mary’s University Chamber Singers, who premiered the works on their tour of France in March, 2009, with the composer conducting.
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for SSA choir and optional piano accompaniment
JDM-003
SSA
3'40"
English
“Shenandoah” is a new, rich arrangement for women’s voices. The piano accompaniment is optional but does provide support and some additional harmonies. Your women’s choir or trio will find “Shenandoah” to be well worth the effort. This piece is an excellent concert choice and would also be very appropriate for contests, festivals, and literary events.
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for mixed choir and piano w/optional children's choir
GTT-026
3' 15"
This joyful harvest song may be of particular interest to choral groups within the Jewish tradition, but it may equally prove to be a useful addition to the harvest or thanksgiving repertoire of any choir. The text is taken from World Healing Prayers, with additional text by Linda G Marcus, adapted by the composer. There’s […]
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for soprano/tenor solo, mixed chorus and piano
CHR-1605
SATB
3' 54"
English
A setting of words by Eric Gosney, When Love came to the world is an original carol suitable for use in either services or concerts. Its four verses talk of the response to Christ’s Nativity of the sleeping, unprepared world, the shepherds, the Magi and ourselves today. It is set for SATB choir with Tenor […]
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for mixed chorus a cappella
DPT-008
SATB
2'20"
English
I have loved this poem for as long as I can remember. It’s crisp, fresh imagery, it’s success in conveying, with a magnificent economy, what a poem is all about, is indeed a small miracle. I could not resist the temptation to set it for chorus. Because the poem had “gestated” for many years, I […]
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for Mixed choir, unaccompanied
RBT-011
SATB
3'
English
for Mixed choir, unaccompanied
RBT-008
SATB
4'
English
This work sets war poems by World War I poets Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke.
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for Mixed choir, unaccompanied
RBT-007
SATB
2'30"
English
This work won special commendation in the Phoenix Choral Composition Competion (UK) in 2010. It was premiered by the Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury in St. Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, England in April 2011.
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for SSATBB mixed choir, unaccompanied
RBT-005
SATB
SSATBB
4'30"
English
This work was commissioned by the Jane Froman Singers of Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, under the direction of Nollie Moore.
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for lower voices a cappella
JBN-004
TBB
TTBB
3'
English
TTB American folksong arrangement
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for mixed choir and piano
JBN-001
SATB
5'
English
A setting of William Blake’s poem “The Garden of Love”, from Songs of Experience.
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for Mixed choir, unaccompanied
RBT-003
3'50"
The author of the text of this composition, Norbert Čapek (1870-1942) was the founder of the Unitarian movement in what is now the Czech Republic. Originally destined for the Catholic priesthood, he converted to the Baptist faith; however, his views gradually became more liberal, and he was forced to emigrate to the United States. After […]
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for Mixed choir, unaccompanied
RBT-002
SATB
5'
This composition won first prize in the Longfellow Choral Composition Competition in 2011. I have enjoyed Longfellow’s poetry for many years–“Excelsior” in particular. However, I’ve never managed to develop a huge amount of sympathy for the poem’s protagonist. Here we have a youth who ignores the advice of everyone around him that his journey was […]
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SATB (divisi) a cappella
CHR-1601
SATB
4' 23"
English
A setting for unaccompanied SATB choir (with divisi) of words by Eric Gosney, a poet from England’s Isle of Purbeck. A wistful and nostalgic love song, in which the poet wishes to “thwart old Time’s irrevocable plan and live again those two short hours with you”. These evocative words are set with suitably tender harmonies […]
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for mixed chorus and organ
ADY-022
SATB
3'20"
English
A setting of John Donne’s poem of repentance, redemption, and trust in God’s mercy, especially suitable for the Lenten season.
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for SSA chorus
ADY-016
SSA
6'55"
English
Four delightful 16th-Century poems in a variety of settings that make a great addition to a choral concert. Ideal for middle school, high school, and college choruses, but fun for adults as well.
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for SSAA chorus, piano, and strings
ADY-018
SSAA
14'
English
The work was commissioned by the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus for its 25th anniversary season (2008-09) and was first performed December 20, 2008. The poem “My Voice” was written especially for this work by author Patricia Doherty to celebrate the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus’s achievement, as well as the role of music in the lives […]
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for SSAA chorus, piano, and double bass
ADY-017
SSAA
4'
English
A close-harmony setting for SSAA chorus, piano, and bass of Shakespeare’s lovely invitation to music from King Lear (Act V, Scene 1). Shakespeare and jazz — together again!
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for Women's Choir (SSA)
GTT-021
SSA
6'30"
English
To Blossoms To Daffodils Gather ye Rosebuds All three of these poems are by the Seventeenth Century English lyric poet, Robert Herrick (1591-1674). While flowers are referred to in each of them, their main common theme is time – in particular the briefness of our lives here on this earth, and the need to use […]
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for mixed choir a cappella
GTT-019
SATB
2' 45"
English
This is an a cappella setting of William Blake’s poem ‘The Tyger’ for mixed choir (SATB) with some divisions. It may be performed on its own, or preferably as a companion piece to ‘Little Lamb, who made thee?’, also obtainable through Swirly Music. It is suggested that ‘Little Lamb’ be performed first, as there is […]
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for double choir
CME-003
SATB
SATB+SATB
3'
English
A 17th-century riddle poem, “I Saw a Peacock With a Fiery Tail” at first seems fantastical: A peacock with a fiery tail! I saw a comet drop down hail! Full of evocative text painting, this choral setting reveals the sense of the poem by dividing each line between the two choirs and then reordering the […]
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for SATB chorus, two pianos and percussion
SWM-003
SATB
12'
English
Scored for SATB chorus, with two pianos and percussion, this uplifting setting of e.e. cummings’ “i thank You God for most this amazing” was commissioned by the Wilmington Friends School to celebrate their 250th Anniversary. It is an excellent choice for pairing with the Killmayer reduction of Orff’s Carmina Burana. There is, unfortunately, no live recording of […]
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for mixed choir and organ
ADY-006
SATB
3'35"
English
A setting of Edward Caswall’s translation of the Latin office hymn Summi parentis filio, suitable for the feasts of the Sacred Heart and Christ the King, as well as general use.
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for mixed choir and organ
ADY-005
SATB
5'
A fresh setting of George Herbert’s well-known poem, using a variety of techniques including canon and mirror inversion as well as an a cappella section. Moderate difficulty.
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