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Ave Regina coelorum

There are two choirs in this piece: The large choir is supplemented by a small chamber choir. Invocations are piled up into chords within which strong accents and crescendi ensure vitality and transormation. In the second half Schanderl begins to disrupt the ideal of a homogeneous, cultivated and polished sound. He asks of the chamber choir an abrupt alternation of chest and head voice, a type of yodel also found in African music.

Composer: SCHANDERL, Hans (1960-)
Publisher: Carus
Insturmentation: double mix choir / A Cappella
Language: Latin

*Hans Schanderl
Hans Schanderl (b.1960) has achieved his successes with choirs. The skill and appeal of his music has it roots in the composer's unconventional biography and his readiness to explore many influences with open-minden curiosity. He aims to display the variety that vocal expression is capable of achieving, to cimbine the separate areas of speech, song and cries and to to explore these to their limits.

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Lux Aeterna I

This piece uses an instrumental element in the form of an organ. The choir must first emancipate itself from it. At the beginning the organ part contains elements, which the performer can employ at his discretion and the take up. This may describe the light shinning eternally and withour form. Schanderl develops the piece from only few Notes. The minimalistic and layered voices mount and intensify in sound until the end of the piece. With this work the composer won the composition prize at 2001 European Church Music Festival.

Composer: SCHANDERL, Hans (1960-)
Publisher: Carus
Instrumentation: SATB div / Organ Accompaniment
Language: Latin

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Te Deum

Schanderl shorted the text and gave a subtitle "The Creation pays homage to God", which is nothing majestic about this piece. The sound-layer, the accentuations and the dispersing of the voices are recognizable as patented sytlistic devices This song of priase is written for three choirs which ideally should ne divied spatially around the audience.

Composer: SCHANDERL, Hans (1960-)
Publisher: Carus
Instrumentation: triple mix choirs / A Cappella
Language: Latin
Duration: 13 mins

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Jubilate Deo

This piece was composed in the style of modern, jazz-like spiritual a cappella choral works. Strong rhythm and special harmonic effects appeal not only to the young people but also to committed choirs the members of which have remained young at heart. While listening, the music constantly gives you little surprises. The tension and energy can be felt from the very beginning to the end of the piece leaving the audience amazed. It is worth to consider including this work in the repertoire of competitions.

Composer: WAWER, Simon (1979-)
Publisher: Helbling
Instrumentation: SSAATTBB / A Cappella
Language: LAtin

*Simon Wawer
Simon Wawer (b. 1979), a young German composer, has been actively composing choral music for a number of years. His sensitivity to harmony and his feeling for tonality developed into important pillars of his musical works. Waver has also discovered enthusiasm for composing a cappella choral music.

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Ave Maria

It is a simple lyrical choral piece that was written in memory of the composer's mother. In the beginning, the repeat of "Ave Maria" in alto and tenor parts keeps the music moving forward. After all the voices join in, audiences can enjoy the different colors of harmony. This song has been selected as the compulsory piece in several regional choir competitions.

Composer: WAWER, Simon (1979-)
Publisher: Ferrimontana
Instrumentation: SATB / A Cappella
Language: Latin

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O Magnum Mysterium

This song is dedicated to the composer's lovely family. Every time when the sounds of "O magnum" start, the music creates a mysterious atmosphere. With the music's flow, male and female voices respond and support each other tightly. From the "Alleluja" section to the end of the piece, the emotional rich sound changes its character into a peaceful one.

Composer: WAWER, Simon (1979-)
Publisher: Ferrimontana
Instrumentation: SATB div. / A Cappella
Language: Latin

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St John Passion

Chilcott's mighty setting of words from the Gospel of St John is a dramatic yet optimistic retelling of the Passiontide story. As with Bach's great Passion settings, the role of the Evangelist is taken by the tenor soloist, who provides a melodious narrative throughout the work, in arioso style. The words of Jesus and Pilate are performed by solo baritones. Within the narrative, the SATB chorus becomes a crowd or a group of soldiers, commenting on the story in short outbursts, although the larger role of the choir is to perform the four meditations and five hymns that support the story. For the meditations-two of which include soprano solos-Chilcott has selected English poems from the 13th to the early 17th centuries.The five well-known hymn texts are set to new, original melodies, which are also intended for performance by an audience or congregation.

Composer: CHILCOTT, Bob (1955-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: Solists and SATB / with Ogan or Small Ensemble
Language: 55 mins
Content:

PART 1
Introduction: Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle (Chorus)
The Garden (Evangelist, Jesus, Chorus)
Hymn: It is a thing most wonderful (Chorus)
Peter's denial (Evangelist, Woman, Peter, Jesus, Officer, Servant, Chorus)
Meditation: Miserere, my maker (Chorus)
Hymn: Drop, drop slow tears (Chorus)
PART 2
The Judgement Hall (I) (Evangelist, Pilate, Jesus, Chorus)
Hymn: Jesu, grant me this, I pray (Chorus)
Meditation: Christ, my Beloved (Soprano solo, Chorus)
The Judgement Hall (II) (Evangelist, Pilate, Jesus, Chorus)
Meditation: Away vain world (Chorus)
PART 3
Jesus is crucified (Evangelist, Pilate, Chorus)
Hymn: There is a green hill far away (Chorus)
The Crucifixion (Evangelist, Jesus, Chorus)
Meditation: Jesus, my leman (Soprano solo, Chorus)
Jesus dies on the Cross (Evangelist, Jesus)
Hymn: When I survey the wondrous Cross (Chorus)

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Nidaros Jazz Mass [SATB]

The Nidaros Jazz Mass draws on a variety of jazz styles to present a fun and innovative setting of the Latin Missa brevis. With a gentle Kyrie, funky Gloria, ballad-like Sanctus, laid-back Benedictus, and passionate Agnus Dei, this work breathes new life into familiar words, perfectly combining the contemporary with the ancient. The stylistic piano part can be played as written or serve as a guide, and an optional bass and drum kit part is available separately for jazz trio accompaniment. Ideal for all mixed-voice choirs, the Nidaros Jazz Mass will make a groovy and soulful addition to any concert programme.This work was originally commissioned in a version for upper voices by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls' Choir of Trondheim, Norway.

Composer: CHILCOTT, Bob (1955-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SATB / Piano and optional Bass and Drum Kit
Language: Latin
Duration: 15 mins
Content:
Kyrie / Gloria / Sanctus / Benedictus / Agnus Dei

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Five Days that Changed the World

Setting a newly written text by Charles Bennett, this fifteen-minute choral work takes singers on a journey through five historical events: the invention of printing, the abolition of slavery, the first powered flight, the discovery of penicillin, and the first man in space. In each movement, music and words come together to create a strikingly vivid and personal account of each protagonist's experience, from the printer seeing 'each letter like a person' to the astronaut commenting on the beauty of our planet from space. Chilcott's music is as captivating as ever, with energy in abundance alongside moments of clarity and stillness. This is an ideal concert work for choirs looking to perform with an upper-voice group, or for larger SATB choruses with divisi sopranos and altos.
The optional timpani part is printed separately at the back of the score.

Composer: CHILCOTT, Bob (1955-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: Upper Voice and SATB / Piano and optional Timpani
Language: English
Duration: 15 mins
Content:
Thursday 29 March 1455: The Invention of Printing /
Friday 1 August 1834: The Abolition of Slavery /
Monday 14 December 1903: The First Powered Flight /
Friday 28 September 1928: The Discovery of Penicillin /
Wednesday 12 April 1961: The First Man in Space

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What Sweeter Music

What sweeter music is an atmospheric setting of Robert Herrick's popular Christmas text. The carol opens with hushed, interweaving choral lines, creating a soft veil of sound that expands texturally and dynamically into an expressive central section. The sustained melodic interest in every part combines to create a gorgeous work that choirs will find a true pleasure to sing. What sweeter music will be included on a forthcoming CD by Commotio.

Composer: CHILCOTT, Bob (1955-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SAATTBB / A Cappella
Language: English

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The King Shall Rejoice

The King shall rejoice was commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen's coronation. Setting powerful and optimistic words from Psalm 21, Chilcott establishes a celebratory mood from the outset, with dancing 6/8 rhythms and jubilant, ringing chords. The voices soon divide into two choirs, creating a striking antiphonal effect, and the music moves through sections of slower, more sustained writing in 4/4. The second half of the work sets an adapted version of the psalm text, famously used by William Byrd-'O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen rejoice in thy strength'-before coming to a buoyant and triumphant close with the final 'amen'.

Composer: CHILCOTT, Bob (1955-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SATB+SATB / Organ Accompaniment
Language: English

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All Bells in Paradise

This gentle yet uplifting carol was commissioned for the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, and was first performed during the 2012 Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Rutter's gift for melody is in evidence throughout the work, with a sense of hushed awe leading to moments of glorious optimism. The text, written by the composer, is inspired by the fifteenth-century Corpus Christi Carol.

Composer: RUTTER, John (1945-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SATB / Organ accompaniment
Language: English

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For the Beauty of the Earth [TTBB]

This piece is originally published in versions for SA and SATB voices, this classic Rutter anthem has now been adapted by the composer for performance by male-voice choirs. The flowing choral melodies perfectly complement the positive message of the well-known thanksgiving text by F. S. Pierpoint, and the gentle, arpeggiated keyboard part provides a supportive harmonic accompaniment.

Composer: RUTTER, John (1945-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: TTBB / Piano Accompaniment
Language: English

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