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for SATB chorus a cappella
SDE-001
SATB
1'40"
Latin
Sanford Dole’s Ave Maria is a harmonized setting of the Gregorian chant antiphon. The soprano part is a metrical version of the Gregorian chant melody. The other parts create a harmonic world that is uniquely Dole’s; what his choirs refer to as the “Dolian mode.”
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10 Nativity Rounds for partnered voices
BKR-001
Equal Voices
SSAA
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
Latin
All vocal groups need short, portable items in their repertoire. A round is a melody which can unfold into harmony, the prime tool of choral directors who wish to develop in singers an ability to listen to others while holding an independent line. Rounds build cohesion among singers and provide opportunities for improving ensemble, sight-reading, […]
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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 SATB chorus and organ
ROC-009
SA
SATB
4'40"
English
This carol originated in the city of Wexford in the southeastern Republic of Ireland. It was transcribed from a local singer by the noted Irish author, composer, musicologist, and historian W. H. Grattan Flood (1859–1928). It eventually made its way into the Oxford Book of Carols. It has a modal (Mixolydian) feel, constantly shifting between […]
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for 2-part choir & organ
ROC-006
SA
SS
5'
English
The Magnificat (Song of Mary) and Nunc dimittis (Song of Simeon) are biblical canticles. Mary sings the Magnificat (“My soul doth magnify the Lord”) on the occasion of her visit to Elizabeth, as narrated in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:39–56). Simeon sings the Nunc dimittis (“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”) […]
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for SSATBB choir & organ/piano
ROC-004
SSATBB
6'
English
This carol was first published in 1833 in a collection entitled “Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern”. William Sandys, a solicitor by day and music & manuscript collector by night, purportedly came across the tune in Devonshire, England. In this gentle setting from 1991 many colors of choral writing appear with sections for SATB, 3-part men, […]
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for SATB chorus & organ/piano
ROC-002
SATB
3'30"
English
This is a straightforward setting for choir and organ/keyboard of an Appalachian carol found by John Jacob Niles (1892-1980).  Niles was an American composer, singer, and collector of traditional ballads. He discovered this carol in Mayfield, Kentucky in 1933. Niles was an important influence on the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, […]
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for SSA voices and piano
JDM-006
SSA
5'30"
Latin
This setting of the traditional “Hail Mary” prayer takes a new approach, employing a lullaby rhythm in F minor. The voices become a haunting plea for forgiveness and intercession. The piano accompaniment provides support for the singers while still maintaining its own voice.
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for SATB choir with piano
RMS-002
4'40"
“Lo, a Rose,” arranged for SATB choir and piano, is a somber, contemplative setting of the incarnation of Christ described in the traditional German carol, “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen”. This arrangement is moderately easy but allows good musicianship to shine. The light and delicate accompaniment, with hauntingly beautiful harmonies, directs the focus onto the […]
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for SATB or unison voices and keyboard
SATB
Unison
5' 13"
English
This setting of Evensong Canticles (BCP 1662) is intended for use in those churches which are looking for a relatively simple choral setting, or that don’t always have a mixed choir and need the flexibility of being able to sing the canticles in unison where necessary, or where a choir of children’s/women’s voices or men’s […]
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for a cappella treble chorus (SSAA)
KEM-1044
3'30"
Nearly every December, Christmas sneaks up on me far too quickly, busy as I am with end-of-semester grading and final exams. I’m an admittedly nostalgic guy who unabashedly loves Christmas music, and every year I think to myself ‘I really should have written a Christmas piece this year’. Christmas 2015 followed a similar pattern, except […]
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for mixed chorus (SSAB)
ADY-044
2'45"
This very popular and well-loved hymn to the Theotokos (Mother of God; the Virgin Mary) was written and composed by St, Nektarios of Aegina (1846-1920). This arrangement was made for the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus and, under the direction of Iris Lamanna, performed by them in the original Greek at the 2011 Festival of the […]
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for mixed chorus and organ
MTN-031
SATB
SATB-SATB
15'
Latin
This set is a collection of three Latin motets, Ave Maria, Pie Jesu, and Benedictus. Each song is melody driven with interesting and independent vocal lines. They are scored conveniently for organ or piano. A string quartet accompaniment is also available from the composer.
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for Mixed choir, flute, tambourine
RBT-009
SATB
3'
English
for SATB choir
CME-008
SATB
3'30"
English
A lyrical carol for SATB choir, this Christmas piece imagines sunrise on the first Christmas morning. “O Gift of Glorious Sunrise” was premiered in Buffalo, NY in December 2015 by the Vocalis Chamber Choir (James Burritt conducting).
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for Soprano solo, children’s voices (or women’s semichorus), mixed chorus, chamber orchestra and piano.
CHR-1504VS
SATB
11' 00"
English
Rosa mystica is a sacred devotional cantata combining various texts in which a rose or flower is used as an analogy for the Blessed Virgin Mary, including the Rosa Mystica tradition, and Mary as the stem of the rose from which, arising out of the root of Jesse, grew Jesus, the Spotless Rose. In three […]
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for chorus a cappella
AJS-001
2' 37"
This new setting of the traditional Latin prayer features traditional harmonies and a simple unhurried rhythm, providing ample space for prayer and contemplation of the one blessed among women.
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for SATB divisi & organ
CHR-1305
SATB
2' 12"
English
Originally written as an anthem to mark a Silver Wedding anniversary, this piece was rescored and incorporated as the opening piece in the contrasting set of “Three Anthems“, commissioned by the Purbeck Arts Choir in the UK. It is scored for SATB choir with divisi and organ. Although a dramatic and impactful work, it is […]
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for SATB choir a cappella
CHR-1101a
SATB
3' 12"
English
Latin
The words of this carol/motet are well-known from Britten’s teenage tour-de-force, but that double-chorus setting is out of the reach of most church choirs. The powerful text, alternating English and Latin in the style of medieval carols, warrants an additional, simpler setting. The work is suitable for concert performance, as well as for liturgical use […]
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for SATB chorus and organ/piano
MTN-027
SATB
4'40"
Latin
The text of the Ave Maria…virgo serena is taken from a cantorale, or hymn, which can be found in the medieval manuscript E-Bc 911 located in the Catalonian town of Girona. The text differs from the more well-known Ave maria…benedicta tu in mulieribus of which many composers, like Victoria, Schubert, and Gounod, have set to […]
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for SATB chorus
WCL-007
SATB
5'40"
Latin
Commissioned by Richard Geiger for the Academy for the Study of St. Ambrose of Milan “Veni, Redemptor (Come, Redeemer)” is a new composition based on a hymn written in the 4th Century by St. Ambrose of Milan. The hymn was originally titled, “Intende qui regis Israel,” and the words invite Christ’s presence into this world […]
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Mixed Chorus and Woodwind Quintet
DRY-021
SATB
12'30"
Latin
These Biblical texts are often associated with the Advent season of the Christian calendar. It is also sung anytime of the year at “Evensong” in Episcopal and Anglican traditions. The accompaniment is a traditional Woodwind Quintet. The composer knows of no other choral piece that uses this instrumental combination to accompany a choral work. If there are none, then, […]
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for treble choir a cappella
KEM-1013
SSAA
4'30"
Latin
Commissioned premiere performance at Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco) by the San Francisco Girls Chorus. The explosive Lang work was appropriately contrasted by the excellent, gentle and more subtle O Magnum Mysterium by Kurt Erickson. This world premiere was commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  Here the “mystery” part of the thematic trinity […]
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