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12 performance rounds from Shakespeare to Synge

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 offer plenty of movement among the parts. Some have special endings for performance. While intended for experienced voices, they may of course be sung by mixed groups of all ages. The composer explains the concept of “partnered voices” in gaining melodic range.

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SKU: BKR-008 Categories: , , , , Instrumentation:
Voicing:Equal Voices, SSAA
Instrumentation:A Cappella
Language:English
Sacred or Secular:Secular
Season or Event:General
Difficulty:Intermediate, Advanced
Descriptive Tags:Fun, Humorous, Light, Rounds, Silly

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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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SATB a cappella
ROM-0901
3'30"
A popular song in Victorian times, In the Gloaming was written by English composer Annie Fortescue Harrison (1851-1944), with words by Scottish poet and author Meta Orred (1844-1925) which were first published in her 1877 book entitled Poems. With layered dynamics, a rich, chr
omatic palette, and a poignant, expressive tempo, this a cappella choral setting […]
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for SSATBB choir a cappella
SDE-005
SATB
SSATBB
7'
English
This setting of Charles Baudelaire’s iconic poem captures the “luxury” and “voluptuousness” of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s radiant translation. The six-part texture allows for thick, evocative chords in Dole’s jazz-influenced harmonic world. Slowly evolving chord progressions paint a picture of a person truly in love with another, asking that they go on a long journey […]
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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 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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for SSATB Choir, unaccompanied
SDE-012
SSATB
6'
English
An English translation of the poem “Friede auf Erden” by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825-1898) is set for SSATB choir unaccompanied. Referencing the Christmas story, this setting brings to life the text with lush harmonies freely changing key centers as the story progresses. Each of the four stanzas ends with a variation on the musical material […]
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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 Mixed Chorus, Organ, Church Choir
DRY-027
SATB
4'
English
“Thou God” is the title of a text by Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-general of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961. A deeply moving and personal faith statement, it is set here as an anthem for mixed choir and organ. Hammarskjöld’s book Markings, from which this text comes, is an enduring spiritual classic still widely read […]
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for mixed chorus a cappella
ADY-040
SATB
2' 15"
English
Three of the shortest psalms expressing praise and trust.
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for Mixed choir, flute, tambourine
RBT-009
SATB
3'
English
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