Gregorian Chant: Communion Verses Vol. 1

for chorus or solo cantor

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 Joseph
Pothier O.S.B., that the natural word accents of the texts and the grouping of the notes in the neumes of the original chant notation reveal the rhythmic structures of the melody. The neum groupings are shown by eighth-note beaming.

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for double SATB chorus (SATB + SATB)
SWM-002a
SATB+SATB
1' 45"
English
This a cappella setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem is an excerpt from Michael Kaulkin’s larger work Cycle of Friends for soprano solo, chorus and chamber orchestra. It is for mixed chorus divided into two ideally antiphonal SATB groups. Program Note Completed and premiered in 1996, Cycle of Friends for soprano solo, chorus and orchestra is […]
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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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for soprano solo, chorus and chamber orchestra
SWM-002
SATB
SSAATTB
25'
English
Completed and premiered in 1996, Cycle of Friends is  a lush, emotional journey through five texts taken from such diverse sources as Tang Dynasty poetry of China, Sappho and Emily Dickinson, each dealing in its own way with the universal theme of friendship. Cycle of Friends was commissioned and premiered by the Music Group of Philadelphia, Seán […]
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for a cappella SATB choir w/ divisi
SDE-004
SATB
5'45"
English
This delightful piece sets a whimsical poem by the American poet, Susan Kinsolving, about steps taken internationally to make the world a better place. Sanford Dole’s Dance Steps has artistic merit…no one can doubt the artistic merit of Dole’s entertaining piece. I was not looking forward to enduring Susan Kinsolving’s absurdist text, printed in the […]
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for a cappella SATB choir
SDE-002
SATB
2'30"
Latin
A very rhythmic drive characterizes this exuberant setting of the traditional Christmas text, “Christ is born today” set in Latin. Choirs love to sing the jazzy rhythms and harmonies that require care in tuning, but once mastered create a contemporary sound world that will energize any Christmas concert or service.
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for SATB choir a cappella
KEM 1001
SATB
2'15"
English
Short choral blessing (text from the Old Testament) written as part of 2001-2003 Composer Residency at San Francisco’s National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi. Premiered by resident ensemble, Schola Cantorum SF
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for mixed chorus
SWM-104
SATB
3'20"
English
Musick to Heare, a madrigal on Sonnet VIII of William Shakespeare, was composed in 2006. It is written for a cappella SATB chorus, and although it has infrequent divisi a due in each of the parts, the use of smaller vocal forces (8 or 16 performers), with lighter Renaissance-style singing is preferred.  Difficulty level: Difficult.
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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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for a cappella SATB choir
SDE-003
SATB
3'15"
Latin
Using jazz-influenced harmonies Dole seeks to capture the mystery implied in the text. Adding the text Noe, and omitting the concluding O beata Virgo verse, the piece builds to a peppier Noel! section before returning to the opening O magnum music and leaving the audience with the quiet chords of the mystery of the scene […]
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for mixed chorus a cappella
SWM-006
SATB
2'50"
English
Roll the Tide is a short, a cappella setting in a quasi-spiritual style of Elisabeth T. Eliassen’s  poem of peace and longing.  
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