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September 2014

Lulajze, Jezuniu (Lullaby, Jesus child)

Lulajze, Jezuniu is a dual-language arrangement of a well-known Polish carol, presented with the original Polish text and an English singing translation by the composer. Chilcott gives the exquisite melody of this gentle lullaby, sung to Jesus and Mary, to the alto soloist, setting it above a mellifluous background of rich harmonies and gentle polyphony from the choir.

Arranger: CHILCOTT, Bob (1955-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Polish, English

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Dance and sing (Il est ne)

This delightful new arrangement of the popular traditional carol is presented in both English and the original French. Murphy manipulates the melodic material cleverly, and a variety of textures, dancing cross-rhythms, and interweaving motifs make this piece great fun to sing and the perfect way to end a Christmas concert on a high.

Composer: MURPHY, Ryan (1971-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SATB / piano
Language: English, French

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Gifts for the Child of Winter

This reflective winter carol features a prominent melody line, taken in two verses by the tenor soloist, which is supported by a gentle accompanying figure in the other voices. The minor tonality reflects the sentiments of the newly written text by Charles Bennett; while we can present temporary gifts for the child of winter, only his arrival will bring "our summer without end".

Composer: CHILCOTT, Bob (1955-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: T solo + SATB div. / a cappella
Language: English

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Advent Moon

Through luminous choral harmonies, images of a winter night, and echoes of scripture, Advent Moon evokes deep human longing as well as the promise of the coming of light. The delicate organ accompaniment and optional handbells underscore both the haunting opening and the radiant conclusion of this piece.

Composer: McDOWALL, Cecilia (1951-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SATB div. / organ (opt. handbell)
Language: English

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Watts' Cradle Song

This gentle carol sets the text of Isaac Watts' popular "Cradle Song" to the music of Charles Villiers Stanford's lullaby, 'Golden slumbers, kiss your eyes', from his Six Songs (op. 19), written in 1882. In Moore's arrangement, the graceful, lilting melody is enhanced by sensitive choral harmonies that explore a variety of textures.

Arranger: MOORE, Philip (1943-)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SATB / organ
Language: English

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Feliz Navidad

Add some spice to your holiday concert this year! Driving with Latin/pop energy and a touch of jazz harmonies throughout, this new arrangement is alive and kicking with the instrumental parts or accompaniment CD. Famous for generations and covered by a host of top performers, now's your chance to also create a hit for your holiday performance.

Composer: FELICIANO, Jose (1945-)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Instrumentation: SATB / piano
Language: Spain, English
Duration: 3'15"

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Sing, O Sing This Blessed Morn

Feature a small handbell ensemble or solo ringer with your choir in this elegant Christmas offering to have a memorable moment in any December service. The final "Alleluias" and "Amens" add the perfect finishing touch to this creative work. Flute and handbell parts included.

Composer: PETHEL, Stan
Publisher:Hal Leonard
Instrumentation: SATB / piano (opt. Flute or Violin, Handbells)
Language: 2'15"

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Das Glaeut zu Speyer

Within his lifetime, Ludwig Senfl composed numerous German lieder, "Das Gläut zu Speyer" being one of them. One can truly hear the sound of the bells of Speyer as this arrangement speeds along, each voice part getting the chance to mimic the sounds of the bells. Performance of this arrangement will require sensitivity to the Renaissance choral style and will be a fun challenge for your singers.

Composer: SENFL, Ludwig (1486-1452)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Instrumentation: SSATTB / a capella
Language: German
Duration: 2'15"

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Hanukkah

With three combinable melodies, a contrasting B section, and crisp percussion patterns, you'll have all you need for a bright Hanukkah showcase! Accessible and easily adapted to a variety of performance options!

Compoer: Propp, Suzanne Sherman
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Instrumentation: SSA / piano, percussion
Language: English
Duration: 3 min

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Ogo ni fun Oluwa! (Glory to God in the Highest)

Here is an exuberant celebration of the birth of Christ through layered African polyrhythms and call-and-response vocal phrases. The singers encourage the audience to rejoice, shout and clap with them, making this selection a wonderful processional or concert opener. Percussion, Yoruba translation and pronunciation are included.

Compoer: POWELL, Rosephanye
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella, percussion
Language: Yoruba language
Duration: 2'30"

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A Cuban Carol

Clearly one of the most unique offerings of the season, this fabulous seasonal song will be an instant winner with your choir and congregation. Alive with a distinctive tropical spirit, this Epiphany-themed song literally dances off the printed page. Decorated with great bass and percussion colors and with a cheerful flute part, you will program this piece time and time again for concert or sanctuary usage. Flute part included. Parts for Bass and Percussion (claves, congas, shaker) avavailable as a digital download.

Compoer: CURRY, Craig
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Instrumentation: SATB / piano (opt. flute, bass, percussion)
Language: English

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One Small Lamb

The "world music" feel of this piece is truly unique and brings a special quality into the sanctuary. The angelic call to the shepherds is the foundation for the text and the call and response format makes for easy learning and builds intensity throughout the anthem. Add flute and percussion for an outstanding concert moment. Brilliant!

Composer: BARRETT, Michael
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Instrumentation: SATB / piano (opt. Flute, percussion)
Language: English

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Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen

This film celebrates the life and music of the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple describes as "the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic". Exploring the relationship of art, nature and spirituality, "Shining Night" reveals the composer through the lens of his love for silence and solitude together with his passion for music and literature, with commentaries from composers, conductors, singers and friends.
Deemed "a heartening rarity" (Wall Street Journal), this film by Michael Stillwater is the premiere episode in the Song Without Borders documentary series, "In Search of The Great Song". Winner of three Best Documentary awards, an Official Selection of 17 Film Festivals, Shining Night is hosted by choirs worldwide with screening events often including performances of Lauridsen's music.

Publisher: haenssler classic scm
Language: English with optional German and English subtitles
Bonus features include:
-56 minute condensed version,
-Commentaries, and Lauridsen reflections on 'the universality of song'

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