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February 2016

Glow

Simple and welcoming, "Glow" was performed for the first time by the World of Color Honor Choir at Disney's California Adventure Park. The Honor Choir, made up of over 700 singers from across America, were selected to be part of the night-time spectacular Winter Dreams show.

Composer: WHITACRE, Eric (1970-)
Publisher: Shadow Water Music
Instrumentation: SATB / piano accompaniment
Language: English
Duration: 2'50"

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All That Hath Life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord!

A modern masterpiece that is now standard repertoire for All-State choruses, university choirs and festivals the world over. Majestic and powerful featuring meaningful text taken from Psalms 96 and 22, this energizing anthem is a study in effective choral composition.

Composer: CLAUSEN, Rene (1953-)
Publisher: Mark Foster
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: English

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At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners

The well-known text by John Donne offers the male chorus an opportunity to sing from their hearts. Commissioned for an honor choir, the piece was very well received by singers and audience.

Composer: CLAUSEN, Rene (1953-)
Author: DONNE, John (1572-1631)
Publisher: Santa Barbara
Instrumentation: TTBB / a cappella
Language: English
Duration: 4 mins

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O Magnum Mysterium

Selected for the Jonathan Talberg Choral Series, O Magnum Mysterium has been given a gorgeous new setting. His "Ave Maria" was released last year and has quickly established Kevin as a new composer to watch. To be premiered at the ACDA Western Division convention, rich, lush chords and delicate motifs will make this a favorite for singers and listeners for years to come.

Composer: MEMLEY, Kevin A. (1971-)
Publisher: Pavane Publishing
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: Latin

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Moonlight Music

Two of William Shakespeare's most famous lyrics are fused together in Moonlight Music, taking one on a seductive journey only music could usher. An introduction to Lorenzo's moonlit bank of The Merchant of Venice opens the piece. The sounds of music creep while moonlight sleeps and the soft stillness of night becomes the touches of sweet harmony. Ferdinand's dreamy ode to music from The Te m p e s t overtakes the first scene. Also sitting on a bank, after following music's alluring strains over the water, he is filled with a fear that it has stopped, leaving him alone and in silence. In a famous sigh of relief, he cries, "No, it begins again", after which Lorenzo returns on the bank filled with moonlight, allowing the music to once again creep into his ears. This piece should be filled with a wide range of colors, exploring the whole palette with these musical lines.

Composer: BARNUM, Eric William (1979-)
Author: SHAKESPEARE, William
Publisher: Alliance Music
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: English

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How Sweet The Moonlight

"Singers should be cognizant of the subtle dynamic rhythm of the work and the connectivity of one note to the next. Tension and release can be created not only in the flow of the text and written rhythmic values, but even more effectively in the rhythm of dynamics. The opening section has a gentle, descending melodic line, as if the moon is in quiet motion. Singers will need to both take care in intonation as the notes descend, while at the same time intensifying the third beat of each measure so that it "leads" to the next measure. Finally, the two outer voices (soprano 1 and bass 2) need to be especially cognizant of pitch definition and clarity, and will benefit by a rich, but transparent sound." (adapt from the performance note from the composer)

Composer: STROOPE, Z. Randall (1953-)
Author: SHAKESPEARE, William
Publisher: Alliance Music
Instrumentation: SSATBB div. / a cappella
Language: English
Duration: 3'15"

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Invictus

Invictus is the title of a poem written by British poet William Ernest Henley in 1875. Henley was recovering in a hospital at the time, having undergone a foot amputation caused by a bone disease. This poem was very dear to Nelson Mandela, who often read it for comfort throughout his years in prison during the South African apartheid. This song is composed for Norway's Defrost Youth Choir, conducted by Thomas Caplin.

Composer: ANTOGNINI, Ivo (1963-)
Author: HENLEY, William Ernest
Publisher: Alliance Music
Instrumentation: SATB div. / a cappella
Language: English

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Alleluia, Cantate Domino

A tour de force for the women's choir, this impressive piece is highly rhythmic, loaded with melodic interest, and extremely well crafted. Looking for drama for your concert, this will fit the bill.

Composer: MATSUSHITA, Ko (1962-)
Publisher: Santa Barbara
Instrumentation: SSAA div. / a cappella
Language: Latin
Duration: 5mins

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O Lord, hear My Prayer

Selected for the 2015 Pacific International Children's Choir Festival, this gentle prayer is gracious and moving. Jude Roldan has been composing music for the world-famous children's choir his wife conducts, Hail Mary the Queen Children's Choir for years. While the altos hold on to a pedal tone, the voices above construct heart-warming chords. Along with the "sanctus bells" and aleatoric chant, this piece is both simple and profound. Great for treble choruses of all ages.

Composer: ROLDAN, Jude B.
Publisher: Pavane Publishing
Instrumentation: SSAA div. / a cappella (Sanctus Bell)
Language: English and Latin

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Blackbird

Here's a concert-style update of the Beatles' classic, in a contemporary acoustic setting. Intriguing vocal textures and a progressive harmonic treatment make this selection equally effective for concert, jazz, or show ensembles.

Composer and Author: Lennon, J & McCARTNEY, P
Arranger: BRYMER, Mark
Publisher: Hal Leonard Co.
Instrumentation: SATB / piano accompaniment
Language: English
Duration: 3 mins

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Requiem in c

Cherubini owes his fame as a church composer primarily to the "Requiem in C minor" of 1817. It was held in extraordinarily high esteem by such composers as Beethoven and Schumann and served as a model for early 19th-century Requiem settings. Dispensing entirely with solo voices, it captivates with its rigorous formal concentration and its restrained use of musical resources in both choir and orchestra.
This Urtext edition takes into account not only the autograph score with "spartitino" (additional instruments written in by hand) but also the first edition and a copyist's manuscript.
Rounding off this exemplary Urtext publication is an informative Introduction and a Critical Commentary (Eng).

Composer: CHERUBINI, Luigi (1760-1842)
Publisher: Barenreiter
Instrumentation: SATB / Orchestra or piano reduction (vocal score)
Language: Latin
Duration: 50 mins

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Requiem Op.89

The profound impression it makes on us is due in part to the sequence of variations on a death motif that seems to have been borrowed from the beginning of the second Kyrie from Bach's Mass in B minor. Written in 1890, it was commissioned by the publisher Novello for the Birmingham Music Festival and premiered there under the direction of the composer on 9 October 1891. For this performance, Dvorak used a copy of the score which he had personally examined and which later served as the engraver's copy. The Dvorakk scholar Klaus Doege succeeded in tracking down its location and evaluating this important source for the first time. It contains the "Fassung letzter Hand" and, moreover, offers valuable insights into Dvorak's conducting workshop. It served as the principal source for the Breitkopf Urtext edition.

Composer: DVORAK, Antonin (1841-1904)
Publisher: Breitkopf & Hartel
Instrumentation: SATB, SATB+Solo / Orchestra or piano reduction (vocal score)
Language: Latin
Duration: 95 mins

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Missa Dei Filii ZWV 20

This "Missa Dei Filii" is the second of three transmitted "Missae ultimae," but consists, solely of a Kyrie and Gloria. Nevertheless, it is an extensive work, and the lengthy, multipartite Gloria is considered as the most impressive Gloria setting that Zelenka created in his over 20 masses. What remains to be answered is whether Zelenka had originally planned a complete mass composition.
Matthias Gruenerts piano vocal score is based on the critical edition of the score edited by Paul Horn in volume 100 of the Erbe deutscher Musik, in which the gaps in the musical text found in the autograph towards the end of the Gloria were cautiously supplemented.
"Zelenka's artistic personality, his biography and his compositional style are utterly distinctive. His style is highly experimental. Was Zelenka really one of the greatest composers of the 18th century, or only one of the most interesting? I think that he still has several surprises for us." (Schweizerische Musikzeitung)

"Zelenka's Masses - fine specimens of Baroque choral literature, some parts of which are set even more colorfully than in the corresponding compositions by Bach." (Die Welt)

Composer: ZELENKA, Jan Dismas (1679-1745)
Publisher: Breitkopf & Hartel
Instrumentation: Soli + SATB / Orchestra or piano reduction (vocal score)
Language: Latin
Duration: 50 mins
Content:
Kyrie / Gloria

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Te Deum

Anton Bruckner's Te Deum is now available in a modern, scholarly edition. The Carus edition draws on both the two sources regarded as important, the autograph score and the first printed edition, with careful consideration given to variant readings. And so a music text has been prepared which reflects the composer's intentions as closely as possible. The vocal score has been newly prepared to reflect current practical requirements. As an economical alternative, a chorus score is available. In preparation: arrangement of the Te Deum for soli, choir, brass quintet and organ.

Composer: BRUCKNER, Anton (1824-1896)
Publisher: Carus
Instrumentation: Solo + SATB / Orchestra or piano reduction (vocal score)
Language: Latin
Duration: 25 mins
Content:
Te Deum
Te ergo
Aeterna fac
Salvum fac
In te Domine speravi

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