Absalom, My Son

14 rounds from the Chapel for mixed voices

The modern Chapel is a meeting-place for diverse musical expression, a place where choral polyphony has long had a home. The term “a cappella” (“in the style of the chapel”) evokes the sound of a Renaissance chorus unaided by any church organ. This original collection of 14 sacred and biblical rounds (a “poor man’s polyphony”) may of course be sung anywhere. The composer includes an explanation of “partnered voices” as a strategy for extending the melodic range of each part.

Over 100 of Brian Kogler’s rounds are now accessible on YouTube. Scores are available for free on request. Please contact: bkogler [at] bigpond [dot] com

SKU: BKR-007 Categories: , Instrumentation:
Voicing:Equal Voices, SSAA
Instrumentation:A Cappella
Language:English, Latin
Sacred or Secular:Sacred
Season or Event:General
Difficulty:Intermediate, Advanced
Descriptive Tags:Christian, Liturgical text, Rounds

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SATB
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English
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for SSAA choir
CME-002
SSAA
3'
English
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for mixed choir a cappella
SDE-008
SATB
2'20"
English
Latin
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for SATB divisi & organ
CHR-1308b
SATB
3' 32"
English
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for mixed choir and organ
DRY-025
SATB
3'20"
English
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for SSA chorus, piano, and violin
SRD-004b
SA
SAA
SSA
SSAA
5'
English
Hebrew
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for SATB divisi & organ
CHR-1401b
SATB
3' 17"
English
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for choir (SATB with divisions) + organ, piano or orchestra
GTT-030
5' 20"
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