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November 2013

Pana Musica's Catalog 2014

The new catalog of Pana Musica music items is out now! While mainly targeted at Japanese customers, it can be interesting and relevant for the choral friends worldwide. Music is an international language! If you are interested in our products or have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Magnificat Wq.215

C. P. E. Bach's nine-movement Magnificat (1749), the first great vocal work from his Berlin years, is among the most magnificent sounding, in which the solo vocal parts are also among the most ambitious settings of the "Hymn to the Virgin Mary" (Luke 1). The work fulfills all the criteria required for a larger sacred composition: grandeur, dignity, polyphonic and concertante choral movements, sensitive ("empfindsam") and expressive arias, a long concluding double fugue. This richly scored Magnificat (with 3 trumpets and timp. ad. lib.), which is almost one hour in duration, would be well suited, for example, as the central work on every Christmas or pre-Christmas concert programme.

Composer: BACH, Carl Philipp Emanuel (1714-1788)
Publisher: CARUS
Instumentation: Soli / SATB / Orchestra (2 Fl, 2 Ob, Fg, 2 Cor, 2 Vl, Va, Bc [3 Tr, Timp])
Language: Latin
Duration: 50 mins
*This version is a vocal score with piano accompaniment

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Dona nobis pacem from Messe h-moll

This is the finale of the b minor mass, arranged for chorus and organ accompaniment.

Composer: BACH, Johan Sebastian (1685-1750)
Publisher: CARUS
Instrumentation: SATB / Organ accompaniment
Language: Latin
Duration: 3 mins

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Usquequo Domine

CARUS publishes not only great classical works but also contemporary choral music, for example, numerous pieces of the Japanese composer Ko Matsushita. This piece was commissioned by the composer's friend Dr. Brady Allred who is the conductor of Salt Lake Vocal Artists ensemble. The piece received its premier at the World Choral Symposium which took place in Argentina in 2011.

Composer: Matsushita, Ko
Publisher: CARUS
Instrumentation: SSAATTBB / A Cappella
Language: Latin
Duration: 6 mins 10

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Missa brevis et simplex

This Missa Brevis is composed by the Slovenian composer D. Mocnik. Homophonic style of the same movement is retained throughout the whole piece. The work is also suitable for beginner choirs.

Composer: MOCNIK, Damijan
Publisher: CARUS
Instrumentation: SATB / A Cappella
Language: Latin
Content:
Kyrie / Gloria / Sanctus / Agnus Dei

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Cat

Mr. Ohnaka has composed the "Islands" as the compulsory piece for the Japanese 33th National Competition in 1980. Some parts of the work can be performed by a small ensemble. Music represents the deep world of the Mr. Takami's poetry. This piece is highly recommended for choruses and small ensembles.

Composer: OHNAKA, Megumi
Author of the lyric: TAKAMI, Jun
Publisher: Miela Harmonija
Instrumentation: SATB / a cappella
Language: Japanese with Roman character

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Stabat Mater

This piece is included in the "Anthology of Lithuanian Choral Music Vol. 8 1990-1998". It is performed outside of Lithuania as one of the most famous Lithuania's modern choral works. Its performance gives the audience a profound impression and requires high performance techniques. Sorrow, as the main theme of the work, is expressed throughout the entire song.

Composer: BARKAUSKAS, Vytautas Jr.
Publisher: Miela Harmonija
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Latin

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Missa brevis quasi grigalis

The mass is written by one of the Lithuania's most famous composers Laurynas Vakaris Lopas.
"Quasi grigalis", as it was entitled by the composer, means the style of Gregorian chant. Combination of Gregorian chanting and modern composition styles, such as polyrhythmic technique, gives the mass a new feeling and sound.

Composer: LOPAS, Laurynas Vakaris
Publisher: Miela Harmonija
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Latin
Contents:
Kyrie / Gloria / Sanctus / Benedictus / Agnus Dei

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Gloria from Missa brevis quasi grigalis

It is the second piece of "Missa brevis quasi grigalis". Composer's sentiment of the mass is deeply reflected in this song. Choirs can perform this song as a single piece that will light up the whole repertoire.

Composer: LOPAS, Laurynas Vakaris
Publisher: Miela Harmonija
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Latin

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Sword Dance - for female choir and four-hands piano accompaniment

This piece is the latest masterwork from one of the most important Japanese female composers Kinoshita Makiko. The famous Japanese poet Miyazawa Kenji wrote this poem after seeing the "Sword Dance". Later, his creation inspired many composers to compose music. Ms. Kinoshita said, when she read this poem, the music just came from her heart filling her body with passion. The sound "dah-dah-sko-dah-dah" imitates the drums, and the chromatic tones resound just like a melancholic flute.
In a concert, not only the audience but also the singer can enjoy the music while singing.

Composer: KINOSHITA Makiko
Author of the lyric: MIYAZAWA Kenji
Publisher: Pana Musica
Instrumentation: SATB div. / piano four-hands
Language: Japanese with Roman character
Duration: 9 mins

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Gentle Song - for male choir a cappella

In 2008, NOVA choir commissioned Miho Fuzishima to compose works for male choir.
The lyrics of the collection "Gentle Song" are taken from the works of a great poet Mizizo Tazuhara. While listening, one can feel the whole cycle of a day starting with a darkness before dawn, then daybreak coming and finally darkness falling again at the end of a day. The collection "Gentel Song" has four songs that choirs can perform with small ensembles. A single piece or the whole collection can be chosen for a concert repertoire.

Komposer: FUZISHIMA Miho
Author of the lyric: TAZUHARA Mizizo
Publisher: Miela Harmonija
Instrumentation: TBB div. / a cappella
Language: Japanese with Roman character
Contents:
Introductory Song
Alone in the Forest
One Song
Gentle Song

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Alone in the Forest - for male choir a cappella

The motive of this song comes from the secend song of collection "Gentle Song". In the form of flowers, birds, wind, or grass, Mother Nature has long inspired the poets to express their emotions. This piece is written for male choir unaccompanied and would be a great selection for any concert.


Komposer: FUZISHIMA Miho
Author of the lyric: TAZUHARA Mizizo
Publisher: Miela Harmonija
Instrumentation: TBB div. / a cappella
Language: Japanese with Roman character

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Arragments from Beethoven's c major Mass - for female choir

The Kyrie and Agnus Dei arrangements for female choir come from Beethoven's Mass in C major.
In a competition or a festival, choirs can sing either one piece or both of them. There is also a shortened version of Agnus Dei available. The world premier of this version was performed by IC Chorus conducted by Kasai Kenji.

Composer: BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van
Arranger: SHIMA Yoriko
Publisher Kanto Tosho Co., Ltd.
Instrumentation: SSA div. / piano
Language: Latin
Duration: 10 mins 50 (7 mins 30)
Content: Kyrie / Agnus Dei / Agnus Dei (shortened version)

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Let it be

"Let It Be" is one of The Beatles' representative songs which will never fade away. This version is written for female choir and piano accompaniment.

Composer: LENNON, John & McCARTNEY, Paul
Author of the lyric: LENNON, John & McCARTNEY, Paul
Arranger: FOXLEY, Simon
Publisher: Novello
Instrumentation: SSA / piano
Language: English

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Excelsus super omnes

The following three pieces are from "Magna opera Domini" which was composed by the Irish composer Colin Mawby. The pieces are basically homophonic. The richness of the harmony and diversity of the work let us feel the great mystery of the Lord.

Composer: MAWBY, Colin
Publisher: Ferrimontana
Instrumentation: SSAA / a cappella
Language: Latin

Composer Colin Mawby
Mawby is one of the leading choir composers worldwide. Starting in 1961, he served as Master of the Music at Westminster Cathedral in London, UK for 17 years. In 1981, he became the choral director at Radio Telefis Eireann where he worked for another 14 years. For a decade starting in 1991, Mawby held the position of artistic director at National Chamber Choir of Ireland.

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Et incarnatus est

Composer: MAWBY, Colin
Publisher: Ferrimontana
Instrumentation: SSAA / a cappella
Language: Latin

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Confitebor tibi

Composer: MAWBY, Colin
Publisher: Ferrimontana
Instrumentation: SSA / a cappella
Language: Latin

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Jubilate Deo

This work for female voice was composed by German composer Thomas Hanelt. It is a short work of just approximately one minute, however, a very bright and colorful one. It is perfect as an opening song for concerts.

Composer: HANELT, Thomas
Publisher: Sulasol
Instrumentation: SSSAAA / a cappella
Language: Latin

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Take, O Take Those Lips Away

The lyrics are taken from Shakespeare's drama "Measure for Measure", Act IV, Scene 1.
Through the rhythm, this piece makes a sad story sound like a joyous one. The male voices impersonate madness and female voices epitomize despair. While listening, the audience almost can feel like seeing a play in a theater. The composition's lightsome spirit leaves the listeners with a feeling that the unfortunate characters still have a hope. It is a pleasure to perform this piece for a mix choir a cappella.

Composer: YOHAN, Ivan
Author of the lyric: SHAKESPEARE, William
Publisher: Miela Harmonija
Instrumentation: SATB / a cappella
Language: English

Composer Ivan Johann
Johann is originally from Indonesia and now resides in Utrecht (the Netherlands) working as a composer and choral conductor. He has visited Japan as a member of the Asian Youth Choir. Recently, he has also studied for a short time in Lithuania. Johann;s works are performed in international competitions around the world. In the international choral competition in Tours (France) in 2011, the Harmonia Ensemble from Japan won the Grand Prix and Johann's work won the composition prize.

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Salve Regina

This piece was commissioned by the Choir of Jakarta for the Hong Kong International Youth Choir Festival in 2008. Later, it was also performed in Switzerland Montreux International Competition and Arezzo International Choral Contest in Italy. Starting with a melancholic introduction, the song changes its character and becomes joyful in its second part. Harmonious and contrasting at the same time, the song is sure to make a deep impression in any competition.

Composer: YOHAN, Ivan
Publisher: Miela Harmonija
Instrumentation: SSAA / a cappella
Language: Latin

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