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
Saint Teresa of Avila's text ("Let nothing disturb you...") provided ample inspiration for the ever-creative Joan Szymko's sensitive setting. The cello is guitar-like in its accompaniment. A most colorful
This a cappella piece is a modified round with added descant and hand clapping, this piece is loaded with excitement and spirit.
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"Little widow of my single star, I find you... after a thousand years are gone, you'll see me, o my night love!" Frederico Lorca's poignant text receives a dramatic a cappella treatment from Eric Whitacre.
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
"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
A typical greeting in the Zulu culture, this arrangement is written with the call-and-response technique so strongly associated with traditional South African music. The soloists can be male or female and
The composer catches the mood of the train theme of the piece in a most artistic fashion.
This gently rocking lullaby incorporates a charmingly beautiful melodic and harmonic idea with original text for two verses, then brings in the traditional text of Silent Night for verse three
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
Set to a poem by famed Spanish poet Antonio Machado, this original piece provides Spanish flavor in a modern pop style that is sure to appeal. Mixed meter gives an asymmetrical rhythmic feel, and the
This highly dramatic traditional African song is a true musical gem, presented a cappella at a slower tempo. Arranged by two South African composers, the ethnic flavor is palpable as the upper voices carry
This piece is a traditional praise and worship song from the Zulu culture and is written in the isicathamiya style - a cappella singing with close harmonies - that originated among Zulu mine
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