Commissioned for Choral Arts Northwest this piece is primarily contrapuntal in texture, with a tonal language that features a certain level of dissonance within a diatonic modal context. There is a textual
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A "fantasia" in the truest sense, this choral tapestry of English carols was composed in 1912 after Vaughan Williams had completed the scores for his first symphony ("The Sea") and the Tallis fantasia. In
John Ferguson based this work on a familiar Maine Shaker hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett and now-famous lyrics by Sydney Carter. "I danced in the morning when the world was begun, and I danced in the moon and
This gentle spiritual from St. Helena Island is rich with images of the manger and the star illuminating the skies over Bethlehem. Set with interesting harmonies and cluster chords, this is a challenging
This carol is fun, with its rhythmic feel and added maracas; it is also an excellent teaching tool for any choir. The melody has four phrases: phrases 1 and 2 are the same; phrases 3 and 4 are different and
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