This poem admires nature, from each snowflake and blade of grass to the leaves of trees and the stars that sing to us. The music expresses the text masterfully through melodic line and harmonic changes, and
Breathtakingly peaceful summarizes this new stunner from Richard Burchard commissioned by the ACDA Western Division for the 50th anniversary convention. Rich, warm harmonies have been woven to one of
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The independent parts create a cascade of sound that is rich, warm, and exquisite. Paired with a text by Mark Twain, this piece is as much a blessing as it is a dedication. A beautiful concert closer for
This Christina Rossetti text mystically describes death as a dreamlike state. This leaves composer Richard Burchard an excellent palate for an impressive musical composition. His music is moving, ethereal
The words and melodies of the great American song writer, Stephen Foster, exemplify our nation in the 19th century. Dr. Gerald Custer has maintained that character in this madrigal like setting. The heart
The title could just as easily have been, "Music Beats Together" as the song celebrates how music brings us together. The Latin rhythms and syllables are playful and energizing. Selected for the
The poem is a journey into experiencing life from many perspectives, always intriguing, always imaginative. The music treats the words with creativity, adding even more to the imagination. The accompaniment
Rhythmic, energetic and completely Latin, this piece dances right off the page. this piece was heard at the at the ACDA National Honor Choir presentation in Salt Lake City, 2015. A great high
This setting of a romantic poem from the pen of Stephen Bock exposes both the freshness and sensuous side of the text, using aleatoric devices, mixed meter and divisi to create intense and rich harmonies
This is a beautiful, plaintive song written in Burchard's inimitable style. The harmonic progression moves slowly while each chord is enriched with scrumptious inner movement. Rainer Maria
A modern-day madrigal with a Teasdale text that is both playful and buoyant. Movement throughout combined with mixed meters and close harmonies add to the excitement of this work. Some divisi in all
This modern-day madrigal, set to Burns' text, uses a completely original melody that has an easy harmonic flow with gentle suspensions and a fluidity about it. The piece begins with the introduction of the
Only Shakespeare commands words well enough to discuss growing old in a flattering way. Composed in primarily homphonic lines, the text comes through easily. The music, set using modern choral textures, is
Daniel McDavitt has composed an exquisite trilogy using texts from three American greats: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Abraham Lincoln, and William Wordsworth. Although they can be performed individually, they are
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