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New Christmas Sacred
Clarke, F.R.C. Preview
In this original setting of a traditional English carol text, the modal melody appears in unison, in a three-part harmonization, and finally in canon. The dance-like accompaniment whirls joyously to the end. SSA and keyboard; English. Medium.
Tillen, Paula Foley Preview
A unison beginning with low tessitura and gentle syncopations make this cool jazz setting an intimate and heartfelt prayer to Mary. SSA and piano. Latin. Easy-medium.
The choral parts form a cloud of sound, emanating and reverberating from the soloist's mantra-like repetitions of the beginning of the text. 10 treble parts, mezzo solo, a cappella. Latin. Medium.
O Little Town of Bethlehem.....TC-281.....$1.70
Childers, Brian Preview
A lovely new tune, simple and effective, very suitable for young children. The gentle setting has flute obbligato. Unison with descant; piano and flute. English. Very Easy.
magnum mysterium (O great mystery).....TC-288.....$1.70
Forbes, Guy Preview
Beginning with hushed, sustained chords which invoke the mystery, this piece segues to a joyful imitative "Alleluia" section. At the end, the mystery is infused with echoes of joy. SSAA a cappella; Latin. Medium.
New Christmas Spirituals
The Little Cradle Rocks.....TC-282.....$1.20
Parker, Alice Preview
Beginning with a solo statement, then adding choral parts in unison and two, then three parts, the texture of this Christmas spiritual proclaims peace on earth and “the Christ-child born in glory.” Never rising above mezzo forte, it rocks the baby gently and proclaims his radiant promise. SSA and Mezzo-Soprano solo, a cappella. English. Easy.
New Other Sacred
Clarke, F.R.C. Preview
This Psalm setting provides cathedral-style grandeur in only two treble parts. The opening and closing sections of its ABA’ form put the two choral parts in dialogue over sustained organ chords, while the triumphant middle section’s homophonic choral parts alternate with trumpet stop solos. The text is especially suitable for Evensong, Thanksgiving, or festival services. SA and organ, English. Easy-Medium.
New Folk Songs
Bungle Rye (Irish Folk
Bull, Tina, arr. Preview
A bouncy shanty with nonsense syllable interludes and refrains tells the cautionary tale of a sailor and a girl of the town—and this time it is the sailor who is left holding the baby. SSAA with piano and flute, English. Medium.
New Other Secular
Sojourner Truth's stirring words come to even more vibrant life in this blues-y setting with a strong piano part. Beginning in unison, the choral texture builds in each refrain to a stirring finale. Perfect for observing Black History Month or Women's History month, this piece leaps off the page to compel the attention of performers and audience alike. SSA chorus, Piano, and Optional String Bass. English. Easy-medium.
Breath in the Wind.....TC-283.....$1.70
Clemens, James E. Preview
This simple but sophisticated pentatonic piece conveys the spirituality of nature with echoing and canonic statements of a haunting original melody. Kodaly educators will find the piece particularly teachable and rewarding. The flute obbligato may be played on a transverse flute, an alto recorder, or a Native American flute in B pentatonic minor—or omitted if necessary. SSA with flute obbligato, English. Easy.
Shea, John Preview
“The sound of flamenco, faint and receding, leaves an ache.” Sinuous flamenco rhythms highlight this image of sunset on the beach, as the romance of the day fades and the new moon brings the surge of another tide. The poem is by Lauri Coltri. SSAA with Soprano Solo; Piano and Claves, English. Easy-Medium.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree....TC-275.....$1.70
Tillen, Paula Foley Preview
This serene Yeats setting tells how the poet, even in the midst of city life, can daydream himself to an Irish “happy place” for the solace of solitude and nature. Paula Tillen has captured the dreamy longing with of the text a simple yet memorable melody, underlaid with subtle rhythmic patterns. SSA with Piano; English. Easy.
maggie and milly and molly and may.....TC-284.....$2.25
Stoop, Margaret Collins Preview
Seasons of Love
English part song is back, with
A modal minor melody, both lyrical and spare, opens this evocation of love that never was. Rich harmonies in the middle section, recalling an ornamented chorale, tell of the love the poet wanted to happen. The ending, with its open fifth, portrays sharp regret. SSAA a cappella; English. Medium.
“O, when I was in love with you,” begins the cheeky A.E. Housman poem about love that’s left behind—on purpose. Open fifth drones on “la la la” recall the sturdy peasant sound of a hurdy-gurdy, while the larky melody in 6/8 time is a modern tribute to medieval dance tunes. SSAA a cappella; English. Medium.
The William ButlerYeats poem, “When you are old and grey,” speaks of the memory, in old age, of love and its loss. The rich double-chorus texture recalls the polychoral motet, and the piece’s ending, an extended treatment of the word “stars,” brings the cycle to a wistful close. SSAA/SSAA a cappella; English. Medium.
The simple poem by William Wordsworth describes his sorrow after the death of Lucy, unobtrusive as a violet in life, leaving an aching regret when her death makes such a “difference to me.” This largely homophonic setting presents subtle rhythmic nuances with some hemiola, and one imitative entrance at “fair as a star.” SSA and Piano, English. Easy-Medium.