In Japan, Umi Sono Ai is recognized as a symbol of the country's spirit and the hope of a life fulfilled. The song tells of a man who goes to the ocean to reflect upon his life. Though the retreat
Poet Sara Teasdale dreams of special stars, a "crystal of peace." The piece opens with two wonderful solos that can also be performed as tutti lines. The music is marked by compelling melodies, sensitive
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"In every heart there is a place that shows us who we are." The opening phrase presents the challenge that unfolds in this significant song: bringing our inner voice to expression. Bound to be the highlight
The lyrics laud the value of music, and the beautiful melody provides aural proof of this value. An elegant accompaniment and extended ranges with divisi make this piece challenging yet rewarding for
"Sing to me! Something of sunlight and bloom..." An uplifting text by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is set to charming music in this wonderful piece with melodic interest in all parts and conservative ranges.
"Whatever comes your way, sing on! Keep your music going... sing on!" A great concert piece for SATB voices or SA women's choir. Carefully crafted melodic lines with exciting rhythms lie over a lovely
The composer catches the mood of the train theme of the piece in a most artistic fashion.
What a terrific festival piece for a cappella voices with drum! It's the traditional South African song, with lyrics (in Xhosa language) based on Psalm 23. In this authentic-sounding setting, the optional
Kenyan composer Teddy Kalanda Harrison and his group Them Mushrooms received world-wide recognition with their platinum-certified recording of his piece. With a fun percussion accompaniment, Jacob Narverud
This traditional South African song celebrates life and the paradise that is to come. An upbeat a cappella texture is punctuated with the rhythmic text and singable melody in a dynamic world music selection
This elegant piece is blessed with beautiful melodies that all vocal parts have turns at singing. Pretty and accessible, this piece accurately reflects its engaging text. The piano part is flowing and, at
This very accessible piece pairs a beautifully written vocal and piano score with the Langston Hughes poem that warns us to "Hold fast to dreams... for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with
Extracted from Kim Andre Arnesen's "Magnificat," this luscious setting opens with a hauntingly gorgeous soprano solo. Undulating choral rhythms and sublime a cappella moments make this a piece not to be
Arnesen's beautifully expressive piece is set to a poem by the famous hymn writer Isaac Watts. Featured on the 2013 St. Olaf Christmas concert broadcast from Norway, this hymn is perfect for Christmas or
Starting with a unison chant by a treble trio, this arrangement of an African piece gradually adds layers of sound, building to a dramatic ending. The celebratory text lauds the value of water in our world
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