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February 2015

Longing to meet A Suite for Female Chorus

Mr. MATSUSHITA has already set many poems of Naoko KUDO into music. The unaccompanied songs express the pureness and vividness of the poems. The composer wrote the music with a bit more parts than usual, some of which were divided more. Even the small ensembles with enough members to sing can do an effective performance. This choral suite should be performed with the sonority full of refined tenderness, a typical trait of female choir. The suite was premiered in 1998. This is a reprinted version of Pana Musica.

Composer: MATSUSHITA, Ko
Autor: KUDO, Naoko
Publisher: Pana Musica
Instrumentation: SSAA / a cappella
Language: Japanese (romanized)
Duration: 12 mins

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For Birds A Suite for Mixed Chorus

The texts of the suite were chosen from Ms. Kayoko YAMASAKI's poem collection "For Birds". Ms. YAMASAKI is a poet living in Belgrade and teaching at the Belgrade University. This poem collection was written during the domestic warfare in Yugoslavia in 1991. Her poems dramatically express the situation of that time. In some parts, they touch our emotions and mind like a documentary film. The composer's music has given each word a new meaning. Everyone's voice will sing them and everyone's ears will hear them. The performers and audience will seek for a trace of "salvation" which is extremely difficult. The desire for a pure sound runs throughout the entire piece. The church modes and organs, the intervals that seek for a perfect consonance are the results of pursuing the "salvation". This is a reprinted version of Pana Musica.

Composer: MATSUSHITA, Ko
Autor: YAMASAKI, Kayoko
Publisher: Pana Musica
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Japanese (romanized)
Duration: 31 mins

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Utaoli for mixed chorus without accompaniment

This is the mixed choir version of the suite for female choir that was composed in 2011. Every story in the suite can be regarded as a true story. "Reality" is what the suite represents in common. The composer would like this suite to be sung by those who are kind and sensitive, so that they can experience the scene in the songs. Some pieces of the suite were sung many times in the Whole Japan Choral Competition serving as a proof of their high standard and artistic quality.

Composer: MATSUSHITA, Ko
Autor: MINAZUKI, Minori
Publisher: Edition Kawai
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Japanese (romanized)
Duration: 17'45"

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Gunjo (Azure) for SA and Piano

Odaka Junior High School is located at Odaka-ku, Minami-Soma City, which falls into the zone within 20 km of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. After the disaster, students fled to various places. The lyrics were born by noting and preserving their comments. The music teacher Miki ODA composed the song and named it "Azure", which is the color of the school. She hoped and believed that some day she will be able to meet "the sons of Azure" in the beautiful Odaka.
At the Harmony for Japan Concert 2013, the composer Takatomi NOBUNAGA heard this song. He was given an opportunity to arrange the song. Melody, chord progression, key selection and modulation are essentially the same as in the original. It can be sung flexibly, for example, singing in harmony in the refrain section and in unison at the other times, depending on context and on the vocal resources available. Similarly, some parts can be omitted at the discretion of the performers.
Now, the English version is available in SA and SATB.

Composer: ODA, Miki
Arranger: NOBUNAGA, Takatomi
Author: 2012-2013 school year graduate students of Odaka Junior High School, Minami Souma, Fukushima
Translator: HELBIG, Takako
Publisher: Pana Musica
Instrumentation: SATB / piano
Language: English
Duration: 5'20"

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Gunjo (Azure) for SATB and Piano

Odaka Junior High School is located at Odaka-ku, Minami-Soma City, which falls into the zone within 20 km of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. After the disaster, students fled to various places. The lyrics were born by noting and preserving their comments. The music teacher Miki ODA composed the song and named it "Azure", which is the color of the school. She hoped and believed that some day she will be able to meet "the sons of Azure" in the beautiful Odaka.
At the Harmony for Japan Concert 2013, the composer Takatomi NOBUNAGA heard this song. He was given an opportunity to arrange the song. Melody, chord progression, key selection and modulation are essentially the same as in the original. It can be sung flexibly, for example, singing in harmony in the refrain section and in unison at the other times, depending on context and on the vocal resources available. Similarly, some parts can be omitted at the discretion of the performers.
Now, the English version is available in SA and SATB.

Composer: ODA, Miki
Arranger: NOBUNAGA, Takatomi
Author: 2012-2013 school year graduate students of Odaka Junior High School, Minami Souma, Fukushima
Translator: HELBIG, Takako
Publisher: Pana Musica
Instrumentation: SATB / piano
Language: English
Duration: 5'20"

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From Dawn to Nightfall for Mixed Choir

It was surprising that the Fukushima Vocal Competition, which had been canceled due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, was resumed the following year. It would have been impossible without the passion of the Fukushima people. The song "From Dawn to Nightfall" was born from their enthusiasm. After the first performance at the Fukushima Vocal Ensemble Competition in 2012, this song has also been sung outside the competition all over Japan.
When reading the poem written by Mr. Ryoichi WAGO, people are moved to tears. Even not knowing the background yet, one recalls his or her hometown and faces from the old times.
For the composer, it is rather difficult to compose in strophic style dealing with the differences of the positions of accents and the number of letters. The composer chose to compose with the same melody as he wanted to take precedence over ease of singing.

Compoer: NOBUNAGA, Takatomi
Autor: WAGO, Ryoichi
Publisher: Pana Musica
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella (or piano)
Language: Japanese (romanized)
Duration: 5'15"

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Ortus Carminis for mixed chorus

This song was composed for the "Harmony for JAPAN Choral Collection" anthology, a tribute to Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The composer wrote the lyrics and music, and his friend Dr. Robert Zaslavsky translated the English text into Latin. The peaceful melody reminds people to have faith and believe in hope, even at the times of devastating disasters.

Composer: SATO, Kentaro (Ken-P)
Autor: SATO, Kentaro (Ken-P)
Translator: ZASLAVSKY, Robert
Publisher: Pana Musica
Instrumentation: SATB / a cappella (or piano)
Language: Latin

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Coffee Time

A piece made famous by the award-winning a cappella group Vocado, Coffee Time is an upbeat dedication to the down time we all crave, for sharing thoughts, silence, and that aroma! Founded on classic a cappella style and sense of fun, the piece boasts an infectious melody and bossa nova rhythm, with sumptuous key changes, scat rhythms, and contrasting sections. The piece is perfect for vocal groups or small- to medium-size choirs, and has the makings of a great encore or competition piece

Composer: LEANDERSON-ANDREAS, Anton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: English

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I am on the battlefield for my Lord for TTBB a cappella

This is a stirring arrangement of the gospel classic for unaccompanied male voices, with two idiomatic solos. The popular text uses the imagery of combat to express faithfulness to God, and Jefferson's characterful arrangement of the familiar melody features swing rhythms, jazz harmonies, and scat-style accompaniments. Also available in an SATB version.

Arranger: JEFFERSON, Robert L.
Publisher: Oxford University
Instrumentation: 2 soli + TTBB / a cappella
Language: English

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Would like to Meet for SSA and piano

"Would Like To Meet" is taken from a suite of three pieces by Cecilia McDowall called Lonely Hearts, composed in 2005. The whimsical text by Christie Dickinson is a lonely hearts column written from the perspective of various animals and plants, and this imaginative theme is perfectly complemented by McDowall's spirited and fun setting. The mood is light and energetic, the piano part characterful, and the accessible and appealing vocal lines feature interspersions of scat writing.
Lonely Hearts is featured on a 2007 CD dedicated to the composer's music recorded on the Dutton label.

Composer: McDOWALL, Cecilia
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Instrumentation: SSA / piano
Language: English

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[CD]Eriks Esenvalds: Northern Lights & other choral works

The intensely practical choral music of the young Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds is steadily gaining appreciation across the world. The works on this new album owe their genesis to commissions from the United States, England and northern Europe and encompass ethereal expressions of uniquely arctic phenomena (listen for wine glasses turned-and tuned-to wondrously simple but devastating effect within the choral texture), American ballads and several works in the "Anglican tradition", the fruits of the composer's recent residency at Trinity College Cambridge.
Trinity College Choir Cambridge here returns the compliment, as it were, with superlative performances of these varied and engaging works, all recorded under the watchful eye of the composer and conductor Stephen Layton.

Label: Hyperion CDA68083
Conductor: Stephen Layton
Choir: Trinity College Choir Cambridge,
Content:
O salutaris hostia / The new moon / Psalm 67 /
Trinity Te Deum / Northern Lights / The heavens' flock /
The earthly rose / Merton College Service / Rivers of light /
Ubi caritas / Amazing grace / O Emmanuel /
Who can sail without the wind? / Stars / Only in sleep

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Missa Brevis

Erkki-Sven Tuur, who was born in 1959 in Kardla on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa, is one of the most remarkable composers of his generation. His music has been performed in Austria, Germany, France, England, USA, Japan and Australia. This Missa Brevis was commissioned by German Music Council for 9th German Choir Competition 2014 in Weimar. The music is energetic and passionate with original music language, which contains extremely precise harmonies and various rhythms.

Composer: TUUR, Erkki-Sven (Estonia 1959-)
Publisher: Edition Peters
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Latin
Duration: 15 mins
Content:
Kyrie / Gloria / Credo / Sanctus et Benedictus / Agnus Dei

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