Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare's performance of this Carly Simon hit was featured on a PBS special and was also included on their Grammy®-nominated CD. Vibrant choral textures are supported by a dancing keyboard and percussion accompaniment for a spectacular choral showcase! Duration: ca. 2:10. MORE»
A cry for peace in a world torn by war, this poignant a cappella setting of an original text is filled with striking dynamic contrasts. “Sing, Be, Live, See... This dark stormy hour, the wind, it stirs. The scorched earth cries out in vain... But music and singing have been my refuge, and music and singing shall be my light...” Difficulty Level: Medium Advanced Adult. MORE»
Four poems sharing a common motif of 'Night' provide the texts for my choral cycle Nocturnes, the American Choral Directors Association's commissioned work for its 2005 national convention. For Rilke's atmospheric “Sa nuit d'ete,” several melodic themes are supported by dense, colorful harmonies in both the choral and piano parts, leading to a climactic section where all are combined and stated simultaneously. Neruda's “Soneto de la Noche,” from his Cien Sonetos de Amor, speaks of an eternal love that transcends death while reaffirming life. My a cappella setting of this gorgeous poem is predominantly quiet, serene and folk-like, utilizing direct harmonies accompanying long, lyrical vocal lines. Agee's wondrous “Sure on this Shining Night” is set much like a song from the American musical theater, a genre for which I have held a life-long esteem. Rilke's poignant “Voici le soir” recalls the opening bell sounds and jazz-tinged chords of the first movement and serves as an epilogue, quietly concluding this cycle of night songs as darkness descends.
--Morten Lauridsen MORE»
This loving and dreamlike work captures the undulating rhythm of a mother rocking her child to sleep. The text is a classic by Rudyard Kipling: “Oh! Hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us, And black are the waters that sparkled so green. The moon, o'er the combers, looks downward to find us, At rest in the hollows that rustle between.” Magical! Available separately: SATB. Duration: ca. 4:00. MORE»
The Eric Whitacre Virtual Choir #6 had more than 17,000 singers. As a response to COVID-19 and the isolation and division the pandemic was creating, Eric wrote the words and music with the hope that “Sing Gently” might give some small measure of comfort for those who need it, and that it might suggest a way of living with one another that is compassionate, gentle, and kind. MORE»
Craig Hella Johnson's setting of Dolly Parton's “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” is infused with light and hopefulness as it opens with a solo soprano and gradually builds to a joyful overflowing of sound and vocal texture, then gently relaxing into a reflective conclusion. Also includes soprano recorder. Duration: ca. 4:30. MORE»
In addition to his vast output of German poetry, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) composed nearly 400 poems in French. His poems on roses struck me as especially charming, filled with gorgeous lyricism, deftly crafted and elegant in their imagery. These exquisite poems are primarily light, joyous and playful, and the musical settings are designed to enhance these characteristics and capture the delicate beauty and sensuousness of the poetry. Distinct melodic and harmonic materials recur throughout the cycle, especially between Rilke's poignant “Contre qui, rose” (set as a wistful nocturne) and his moving “La rose complète.” The final piece, “Dirait-on,” is composed as a tuneful chanson populaire, or folksong, that weaves together two melodic ideas first heard in fragmentary form in preceding movements.
--Morten Lauridsen MORE»
Byron Smith has penned this first selection in the Paul Smith Choral Series which was acclaimed at the 2001 ACDA National Convention. Shout Glory lives up to its name with highly energetic choral writing! MORE»
A treasury of 108 traditional songs, favorite hymns, and choice carols. 6″ x 9″ size is convenient for caroling! Arranged for mixed voices (S.A.T.B.) or unison singing. MORE»
This is the showstopping number from the dramatic Broadway mega-hit Rent. This edition is based on the Stevie Wonder pop version included on the cast recording. Great choral writing and a fantastic lyric message. Available: SATB, SAB, SSA, 2-Part, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:30. MORE»
Known for his unique pairing of songs, Craig Hella Johnson has creatively combined the early contemporary Christian song by Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill with the popular favorite from the '60s. A wonderful and inspirational closing number or encore for mixed, treble and male choirs! MORE»
One of the king'singers' most requested arrangements in a lush a cappella setting – Billy Joel's hit ballad arranged by Bob Chilcott. Available SATB a cappella. Performance Time: Approx. 3:00. MORE»
The haunting song by U2, recorded on the King's Singers Good Vibrations album, is a fitting tribute to Martin Luther King for a cappella choirs. MORE»