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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 SATB choir a cappella
RCL-007
SATB
4'30"
English
The Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York has a “Poetry in Motion” series that puts posters of poetry in subway cars. I was on the 1 train on Manhattan’s West Side one day when I saw the poem “Heaven,” by Patrick Phillips. I was immediately captured by the simple beauty of Patrick’s poem, and 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 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, piano, and optional trumpet
JDM-004
SATB
4'
English
This beloved folk tune has been arranged with optional, muted trumpet (the timbre adds to the mood of the piece). The piano accompaniment expands the 4-part harmony of the choir to suggest more contemporary harmony with a few jazz chords. It’s not overdone, however; “Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger” is still a traditional, compelling portrait of a […]
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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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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 chorus a cappella
AJS-002
3' 19"
Choral elegy in memory of friend and fellow musician Haskell Fitz-Simons. The text speaks of lost opportunities to tell those in our lives how dear they are to us while they are still here.
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for SATB Chorus
CME-001
SATB
SSAATTBB
3'
Latin
O Lux is at once reminiscent of Renaissance motets and at home in the contemporary canon. The lyrical and ultimately transcendent piece features a cascading theme that is layered canonically. The piece has been performed by both high school and professional choirs.
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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 mixed choir and organ
ADY-007
SATB
4'15"
English
A setting of Psalm 127/8 originally written in memory of one who fitted the description. Suitable for general use, a memorial service, or any occasion with an emphasis on family.
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for SATB chorus, soprano solo, & piano/organ or optional string quartet
MTN-009
SATB
5'18"
Latin
For SATB chorus, Soprano solo, and Piano/Organ or optional String Quartet. The text of the Pie Jesu is taken from the final phrase of the Dies irae which can be found in the Requiem Mass. Many composers have famously set the Pie Jesu to music, most notably Gabriel Faure, John Rutter, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. In […]
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for soprano solo, and mixed chorus a cappella
MTN-008
SSAATTBB
5'12"
English
Come Unto Me, for SSAATTBB and Soprano solo, was written for famed soprano of choral, oratorio, and opera repertoire, Jessica Beebe. The solo tessitura is quite high and should be sung with minimal vibrato. While this is written for eight choral parts, the ranges are conservative and move mostly by steps making this an accessible […]
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