This new take on the Christmas spirit takes the first three stanzas from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s In Memoriam, canto XXVIII, and paints a provincial soundscape of a December English
True to its name, this modern madrigal focuses on lively, compelling rhythms that imitate and celebrate the energy of youth, while gently underscoring its ephemeral nature. Fitting for an advanced choir
Benjamin Franklin's early American creed is set in a rhythmic a cappella setting with an underlying ostinato for the basses, chanting "I Believe" throughout the piece. Mixed meter, and while soaring
Long vocal lines and piano flourishes imitating the ch’in and gong, and far eastern flavors and colors evoke the vastness of Pearl S. Buck's beloved China.
A gospel-influenced setting of two inspirational texts by W.E.B. Du Bois. In the hands of Carol Barnett, these poems come alive. Energetic and meaningful!
Can a cradle rock in 5/4? This one does, carrying the listener off to faraway harmonic regions and chromatic ideas before returning to a reassuring final cadence in A major.
Echoing repetitions, supported by a shimmering vibraphone, create the frosty soundscape of Sara Teasdale's poem as the voices strive to make a single song "as lovely and full of light, as hushed and brief
Vachel Lindsay's poem is subtitled "A Poem Game," and this musical setting is a bit of a game as well - a game of skill as the text provides tongue-twisting turns for the singers. That and the interesting
This setting of Shakespeare’s iconic text transitions from Prospero’s valedictory speech to images of towers and palaces that are built and dissolved within extended phrases. At the end, the
Unusual sonorities and shifting modes capture the timelessness and simplicity of the everyday images in Patricia Kirkpatrick's poem about small town America.
The composer carefully and cleverly depicts the pairs of opposites and then musically resolves them into one perfect whole. Each resolution rises to a new level so that the final concept, eternity, bursts
This inspirational hymn setting was composed in memory of the arranger's father, who spent much of his life on or near tempestuous waters. This a cappella SATB divisi hymn is powerfully crafted and suitable
A classic hymn with a tender text from beloved hymn writer Fanny Crosby receives an expanded setting that is both accessible and interesting. A cappella, with some divisi, the piece migrates through several
A lovely arrangement of Slummersang (Cradle Song) by Gustaf Hagg, this piece set for mixed choir with piano provides harmonic interest while remaining accessible to choirs of many levels. The
In this rhythmically delightful lullaby, women’s sprightly nonsense syllables contrast with lyrical men’s entreaties, finally converging as the choir sings the child to sleep.
This is a choral mini-drama that, through intense and chaotic vocal lines and harmonies, depicts the emotions surrounding the Crucifixion. The text includes the last words of Christ as well as a elements
"We clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us..." This unifying text by Wendell Berry preserves our sense of heritage and connection. Barnett's artistic setting for
With layered entrances by oboe, treble/children’s choir, and finally mixed voices, joy and welcome abound in this piece. A contemplative middle section provides a calming contrast to the unbridled joy
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