Izar Ederrak is the story, in the Basque language, of a beautiful shining star surrounded by eight angels, one of whom is "lovesick" for the star. The story comes to life for a cappella voices
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Modimo is a song of praise and celebration from South Africa. Improvised percussion and a traditional Sesotho melody make for a grounded and deep sound your singers will immediately connect with. A
Christina's Rossetti's mysterious poem is wrapped in a soundscape of smoothly soaring vocal lines that are supported with an undulating piano accompaniment and optional string quartet. Though this piece is
This original setting, with optional string quartet, in neo-classical style is an excellent teaching piece and a very effective performance selection as well, for any time of year.
This work is a love song to a time of the year filled with exquisite beauty, richness and color. Each return to the "October Sun" refrain brings with it a new flavor, guiding the piece through the
This setting of Hildegard von Bingen's Ave Generosa text uses a hauntingly joyful tonality, paying homage to the mysterious story of Mary. A beautiful middle section is surrounded by contrasting
Set to the Latin "Pulchra es amica mea" text from "Song of Solomon," this a cappella work is inspired by the beauty of the aurora borealis as seen by the composer in his native Norway.
Phind'ukhulume is a beautiful Zulu prayer that speakes to themes of gratefulness and hope. Very moving, with a dramatic rise and fall. Acheivable by many levels. Includes translation and pronunciation
This lesser-known spiritual has a theme of resilience and home presented chorally in a call and response format. With considerable flexibility for improvisation, inflections and note bending by the chorus,
Blending western tonality with Taiwanese elements, a poignant melody begins with a touch a sadness but is followed by a flowing texture portraying pictures on the water. The beautiful Taiwanese text is
This traditional Xhosa song could be found on the lips of many South Africans who grew up in the church. Commonly performed with Communion, the gentle lyrics express gratitude while the lightly rhythmic
A popular South African song of praise, the texture is dominated by three soloists who portray leadership roles in the community. Layering choral parts develop the harmonic structure, while free
This South African song is believed to have originated during the difficult Apartheid years and performed as a peaceful protest song. Tuba is translated as "a dove," and the call and response texture makes
This playful Irish children's song has been set with rousing clapping and stomping, and the result is a festival showcase! The vocals are set in a simple homophonic style, which makes the body percussion
A meditation on the mystery and wonder of music, this Estonian tone poem is a little gem for a cappella choirs. With gorgeous harmonies that intensify the text, this will resonate deeply with your singers.
This tremendously fun arrangement of a South African greeting song exclaims, "Iyo hlonolofatsa, Ka lebitso la ntate," which translates as, "Bless everything in the name of the Father." Featuring a soloist,
Commissioned by the St. Olaf Festival in Trondheim, Norway, Even When He Is Silent masterfully expresses the sentiment of the text - hope in times of despair. Beautifully melodic, with rich
This lively setting of a beloved Robert Burns poem brings to mind charming images of Scotland. Very achievable and fun with great vocal construction, making this a good option for high school and above. A
A beautiful, driving piano accompaniment sets the stage for the journey of a runner - the air filling his lungs and the ground "pushing back with its slow spin." The ethereal voices paint a wondrous
An extremely joyful and uplifting setting of this well-loved Christmas text. Gjeilo has crafted a beautiful melody that seems as if it was always meant to exist with these lyrics. Vocally accessible, this
Stacey Gibbs' setting of My God Is a Rock is dynamic and challenging while still upholding the authenticity of the spiritual. Texturally captivating and unique in its construction, it features two
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