Pulitzer prizewinning composer Shulamit Ran provides a grand statement in praise of the pursuit of knowledge. Wisdom, understanding, and learning are highlighted as the means to justice, judgment, and
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An affectionate tribute to Czech-American composer Karel Husa, the composer's teacher at Cornell University. Two traditional Czech songs are quoted that Husa has used in his own music, as well as the
This exhilarating percussion ensemble piece was composed to capture the energy and spirit which exists in many African communities. Through the use of the multilineal mode of drumming, which often
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This Andaluza (or Playera) is part of a set of 12 Spanish Dances written in 1890, now arranged for six flutes. The color and harmonies lend themselves so well to the sonorities of a flute ensemble.
The simple tune is a traditional Lithuanian song that the composer learned as a child. The blending of traditional tonal harmony and imitative polyphony with contemporary techniques creates a cacophony of
From celebrated Indian composer A.R. Rahman, who has composed over 100 film scores in the past 15 years including the Academy Award-winning song Jai Ho, comes a piece written for the Tamil film
A setting of an original Arabic poem (pronunciation guide included) by Raneer Sfeir. Composer Favazza sets the Arabic for mixed chorus with divisi and piano with optional horn. Calling for new
Based on bulgarian vocal music, this tune features jazz harmonies, syncopated rhythms, and mixed meter. It’s fun to sing and a great closer to a show. It can be tricky, but a good collegiate chorus or
Variations on Ma'oz Tzur (mah' - oh - tzoor'), a beloved Chanukah song that is sung in homes and synagogues after the candles are lit. In this arrangement the traditional hymn-like melody is presented as a
Playful and rhythmic, the nonsensical and happy-go-lucky narrative of this fourth movement of Chimes is enhanced by onomatopoeic text and thick chordal texture.
Soul Rejoicing opens with the stormy image of a band of horsemen riding fiercely in the darkness of a moonless night. Thus, with the sounds of pounding hooves and riders' shouts, begins
The tenor solo and narrator are pivotal in this dark, story-telling second movement of Chimes, while the chorus repeatedly responds with tolling bells and ticking clocks.
Ti-Ri-Ri, the wordless fifth movement of Gavrilin's Choral Symphony, paints a colorful and theatrical scene. One can almost see young men and women gathering (for a dance, perhaps) and as
In this seventh movement of Gavrilin's Choral Symphony, a solo oboe introduces a dreamy, richly textured expression of the approaching end of a man's - or a nation's - journey of enlightenment and
The lamenting narrative about all that "can't" be during the winter is enhanced by tenor solo and varied choral textures in this plaintive movement.
Chua-ay is based on a popular folk song from the Philippines that depicts the Igorot tribes at work, pounding the rice by means of a huge mortar and heavily weighted posts to separate the rice
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