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12 performance rounds for incurable fuddy-duddies
BKR-006
Equal Voices
SSAA
1′30-2′ each
English
Latin
Are you a square? Can you easily retrieve a gas bill from 1979? Do you pine for the return of spats? Do you chew each mouthful forty times while letting the bottle “breathe”? And when you watch TV, do you recoil from all murders except those committed on the village green? If so, these rounds […]
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13 Comic rounds for partnered voices
BKR-002
Equal Voices
SSAA
SSAB
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
Latin
The round in Western culture has been associated as closely with wit as it has with praise. Here are thirteen risible rounds of varying difficulty intended for a cappella performance. Admirably suited to treble voices, they may be sung by mixed groups of all ages. The lyrics are light and teasing, the music jaunty and […]
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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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13 performance rounds for hungry singers
BKR-010
Equal Voices
1′30″ - 2′ each
English
If music be the food of love . . . then you’ll simply love this collection of rounds that has Food as its theme. Expect some heartburn as you sing of pumpkins, peas, eels, gammon steak and applesauce—all washed down with ale and black coffee. The twelve rounds encompass many moods and offer more than […]
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for TTB choir a cappella
RCL-013
TTB
2'40"
English
“Voices Taking Flight” is an uptempo and energetic piece written for youthful male voices. It is rhythmic, dynamic, and contains accessible harmonies throughout. It’s a lively concert opener, appropriate for civic & community events and ideal for adding movement & choreography. The lyrics are empowering and inspiring. The ranges of each part are limited, making […]
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12 rounds in the Folk tradition for mixed voices
BKR-009
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
The voice of the English-speaking working classes is preserved in the rich body of song that developed in the centuries leading up to the Industrial Revolution and in the years surrounding the Great Depression. The songs abound with hope, despair, delight, passion and humour. This original collection of 12 folk-inspired rounds borrows lyrics from English […]
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13 performance rounds for young partnered voices
BKR-003
Equal Voices
SSAA
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
The round is the first tool of any music teacher wishing to develop in children an ability to listen to others while holding an independent line. Rounds also build cohesion among singers, providing opportunities to improve ensemble, sight-reading, articulation and breathing. Here are thirteen original rounds of varying difficulty for Youth Choir: while intended for […]
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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 TTBB chorus, a cappella
MTN-007
TTBB
5'50"
For TTBB chorus, a cappella. This arrangement is a medley of Come Thou Fount, What Wondrous Love, and Be Thou My Vision. The first two tunes can be found in William Walker’s Southern Harmony (1835), and the latter tune is taken from a traditional Irish ballad. These songs are deeply rooted in early American culture, […]
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for TTBB chorus, a cappella
MTN-006
TTBB
3'30"
English
Christ the Lord is Ris’n Again was composed for the men of St John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, WV. It was first premiered in 2001 at an Easter Sunrise Service, and was subsequently recorded by the all-male ensemble, Cantabile. While melody uses chant-like phrases throughout, the opening theme is loosely inspired by the Ave Maris […]
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for TTBB, a cappella
ROM-9703
2'
Hailing from Dijon, France, poet and composer Bernard de La Monnoye (1641-1728) wrote a set of Christmas carols in his local Burgundian dialect. Noei Borguignon de Gui Barôzai (Gui Barôzai being de La Monnoye’s pseudonym) includes the familiar Christmas carol now known as Pat-a-pan. Originally titled “Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin”, today this carol is the […]
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12 performance rounds from Shakespeare to Synge
BKR-008
Equal Voices
SSAA
Each round 1′30″ to 2′ (in performance)
English
The sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Britain form a golden age of round-singing; even the nineteenth provided some fine examples. These twelve rounds, set to texts by Shakespeare, Skelton, Swift, Dryden, Johnson, Carroll and Synge, are of varying difficulty and may require rehearsal. Keeping as they do to the style of the period, they […]
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for 2-part choir (with divisi) and piano
POA-023
Equal Voices
2' 55"
Latin
Corde natus ex parentis is a 4th century hymn by the Roman poet Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (348 – c. 413). This piece sets the first, fourth, and fifth stanzas of the nine-stanza poem (the ninth of which is a paraphrase of the Lesser Doxology), paired with the traditional chant associated with the text, “Divinum mysterium,” […]
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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 unison choir or solo cantor
ADY-054
Unison
0'30"-1'
for chorus or solo cantor
ADY-053
The communion verse is a good accessible entry into Gregorian chant. These pieces are relatively short, but still provide the essentials of the musical principles and styles of the eight chant modes. They can be learned quickly and have a variety of uses. The transcriptions are based in general on the accentualist principles of Dom […]
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for TTBB choir a cappella
MTN-043
TTBB
17'
Latin
Missa Brevis consists of seven short movements for TTBB chorus, a cappella. There is also an SATB version available here. The term Missa Brevis translates as “short mass.” It is derived from the mass of the ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) but with some movements removed. Many composers from the renaissance to the […]
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Tenor solo, men's chorus, and piano
BLS-010
TB
approx. 2'
English
Hebrew
They Shall Not Hurt, a short Jewish hymn with a flowing melody, expresses clear-eyed but heart-felt devotion. Sung in Hebrew and English and relatively easy to perform, it is an ideal work for Friday night Sabbath service or concert setting. Arthur Lazarus (1925-1993) was music director for Temple Beth Sholom in New City, New York, […]
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for a cappella TTBB choir
LJP-CM101
TTBB
3'
English
A stunning piece for a cappella voices. ‘Norther Star’ was a finalist in the Australian Boys Choir Choral Composing Competition (2014), and subsequently recorded and released on their Album ‘Dreams and Desires’ (2015). It has since been performed across the world in the UK, USA and Australia.
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for women's or men's chorus and piano
ADY-031
3'45"
A vigorous traditional song of the sea, with a rhythmically intense piano accompaniment in versions for either women’s or men’s chorus.
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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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for soprano solo and men's choir a cappella
MDC-015
TTBB
English
An indomitable sense of hope, and unvarnished sorrow, permeate each line and melody of these unforgettable songs- forged in the anvil of abject misery and despair, aching for freedom’s light. Humiliated beyond all human reckoning, and given no respite from the daily drudgery of endless toil- these fiercely resilient souls somehow persevered, despite the harshest […]
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for TTBB chorus, a cappella
MTN-105
TTBB
4'
English
Help Us to Help Each Other, Lord was composed for the men of St John’s Episcopal Church in Charleston, WV. It was first premiered in 2000 at an Easter Sunrise Service, and was subsequently recorded by the all-male ensemble, Cantabile. Many male choirs have been inspired by the text, by Charles Wesley, which speaks about […]
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