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After the War
SATB and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1328
Sarah Slean sang this song in the film “Passchendaele”. Paul Gross, from Calgary-Alberta, wrote, co-produced and starred in the film which focuses on the experiences of a Canadian soldier at the Third Battle of Ypres. Mark has transformed the song into a wonderful choral composition which would be well suited to Remembrance Day events or any concert concerning War and Peace. Small ensemble version available from the publisher. Watch
Auld lang syne
SATB, piano & flute, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47770-8
A moving setting of the wonderful Burns words to the original version of the Scottish air (different that the one often heard!) This is the perfect conclusion to a holiday concert, and also appropriate for graduation and other times of farewell. Small instrumental version of flute, violin, double bass + piano available from the composer. See the score
SATB and piano with optional string quartet Boosey & Hawkes (Conductors Choice) HL 48023647
Nothing comes easily in life, but, as poet Sarah Teasdale assures us, life holds such treasures that we must give our all and “never count the cost.” This was written for the Association for Music in International Schools Honours Choir Festival, Luxembourg 2015
SATB a cappella Boosey and Hawkes M051-4801992-8
One of the most beautiful melodies from the French Acadian region of Canada’s east coast is exquisitely for a cappella voices. This lullaby is suitable for teens and adult choirs and is also appropriate for Christmas. Easy. See the score
Ce beau printemps
SATB a cappella Boosey and Hawkes M051-4801988-6
This is a gorgeous love song that celebrates the coming of spring and the young love. Easy especially appropriate for high school, college/university and community. This is an excerpt and reworking of a passage from the larger choral/orchestral work, ‘Beltane’ ...exquisite!…it is unique, beautiful and an exquisite setting for the poem. Some dissonant complexity and time signature changes make it initially challenging to sight read through, but with practice it is a gem. I would sing it again anytime! And that is why I am looking into more of Mark Sirett’s compositions!…Boston MA
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Citadel Hill Canadian folk song SATB and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1245 Mark is a master of writing approachable choral music…a breeze for the director and a joy for the singers. This is another of his charming folksong arrangements. Small ensemble version available from the composer See the score Watch
The Cliffs of Dooneen
SATB and piano, Cypress Choral Music CP 1165
The Cliffs of Dooneen is a popular and haunting Irish folk song that extols the rugged beauty of the Atlantic coast. The final verse expresses longing for the homeland–a sentiment shared by many Irish immigrants during the nineteenth century when they were forced to leave for North America because of the Great Famine. This arrangement was written for Sister Rita Clare and the Cape Breton Chorale for the Celtic Colours Festival in 2008. The SSA version is dedicated to Ann McIntyre, Conductor of the Edmonton Children’s Choir. See the score Watch
Cloths of Heaven
SATB and piano, Kelman Hall 06/2061 (Music Plus)
A beautifully moving setting of Yeats magnificent poem “Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths.” This work, also available in SSA and TTBB was commissioned by Music Plus and the Lyrical Lines Education Network for the 2007 Waterloo Region High School Choral Festival to be held in Centre in the Square, Kitchener-Waterloo. Medium difficulty. Small ensemble version for wind quintet + piano available from the composer. Watch – Choralfest mass choir of 750 voices rehearse this piece. Listen to the SATB version in performance by the Cantabile Choirs with guest conductor Bob Chilcott:
The Curragh of Kildare
Irish folk song, SATB and piano, Boosey and Hawkes M-051-479597
This exquisite Irish ballad tells the tragic love story of a young girl who goes to the Curragh to find news of her handsome love, a young man destined to be killed with his compatriots in battle. Excellent choice for concert, festival or international folk celebration. Commissioned by St. Francis Xavier University Chamber Singers. Score Watch
SATB, violin and piano, E.C. Schirmer Music (ECS Publishing) 6582 This work was commissioned by the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, Barbara Clark, director. The text was written by a member of the choir, Stephanie Boileau—colourful and atmospheric writing for chorus about a mermaid and the sea. The work is especially suitable to upper high school, community, and university level choruses. Medium difficulty.
Go, Lassie, Go
Scottish folk song, SATB and piano, optional flute, oboe, violin, bass, Boosey & Hawkes M051476596 Instrumental parts: M051105106 A popular folk-song well known in Scotland and Ireland. This energetic rendition sets the audiences toes ‘a-tappin’. A lively opening or concluding selection to a concert. Can be combined with the SSA version of the work. Easy. Watch – Kokoro, Brenda Uchimara, conductor
SATB a cappella Boosey and Hawkes HL 1000125647
This inspirational, prayerful and moving a cappella work is based on an ancient Pueblo First Nations Prayer that encourages us to hold on to what is good, no matter the challenges that choice may present, and to maintain a strong faith in the world, in friendship, and in oneself. A powerful statement of encouragement and hope. Available for digital download only Score
SATB and piano, Trad Scottish. This incredibly energetic arrangement would be a thrilling conclusion to any concert. Cope was a leader of the British troops and the battle that is described was a decisive victory for the Jacobites. Score Listen Small instrumental ensemble version is available from the composer.
SATB and piano, Cypress CP1558 Traditional Scottish tale by Robbie Burns. A highland Laird courts the beautiful Leezie Lindsay in Edinburgh. He wins her heart and take her to the highlands where she becomes lady of a great castle. A beautiful tune about this wonderful romance! Score Listen Small instrumental ensemble version is available from the composer.
Québecois folksong, SA(T)B and piano, #6 in ‘Song Stream 2’, An American Journey: 10 Songs for Youth Choirs, complied and edited by Bob Chilcott and Peter Hunt, Oxford University Press
This vigorous French-Canadian lumberjack song, complete with body percussion, will delight younger singers. This practical folk song arrangement was written for this volume by Oxford University Press designed especially for younger choirs with few tenors and basses. Watch
SATB, hand drum, sticks, rattle (Kelman Hall, Kitchener ON) Inspired by Mohawk culture this work is a bold, rhythmic etude that represents sounds echoing off rock cliffs. The percussion instruments provide interesting cross rhythms to the vocal lines. A middle contrasting section is atmospheric. Very dramatic and energetic work especially good for teen singers and older singers. Medium difficulty. Watch
Onokenoga SATB and percussion, Boosey & Hawkes 48019902 This dramatic soundscape retells the tragic Mohawk legend of two young lovers. Commissioned for Central Bucks High School-West Chamber Choir, Pennsylvania, Dr. Joseph Ohrt, director and premiered at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts in May, 2006. Medium difficult. Watch – Central Bucks High School-West Chamber Choir See the score
O Take the Lute
SATB Porfiri and Horvath (Germany) PHP 112 057
A setting of a beautiful sonnet by Archibald Lampman. This new North American series edited by Zimfira Poloz and features music suitable for festival competition. This a cappella work is for advanced high school, university and community choirs. See the score
The Parting Glass
SATB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes M051-473427
A hauntingly beautiful setting of this poignant Irish folk song of departure reminiscent of “The Turtle Dove” by Vaughan Williams. Made familiar to many by the well-known Irish band, the Chieftains. Graceful contrapuntal lines and warm harmonies underscore the bittersweet sentiment of the text. Medium …What a lovely piece of music to end a concert or any presentation where a farewell is appropriate. For 14 years,I have been the artistic director for an ‘a cappella’ ensemble. The challenge is to find meaningful lyrics and beautiful harmonies. We have found both in this piece. We love the time signature changes from 4/4 to 5/4 through the piece – it goes in a direction that the listener doesn’t expect. The Celtic flare comes through the intervals in all 4 parts. It builds nicely form 2-part to 4-part. A GREAT ADDITION to our repertoire!…Boston MA Watch
The Pierless Bridge
SSA and piano CP 1332; or TTBB and piano CP 1333; or SATB CP 1294 , Cypress Choral Music
Emily Dickinson explores the question of faith is this poignant poem and Mark gives it the perfect gentle setting. Listen
Red is the Rose
Irish folk song, SATB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47979-5
This anonymous Scottish text is set to the beautiful Irish melody Loch Lomond. With a piano part depicting the flowing river, passages featuring men’s and then women’s voices, and a middle a cappella section, this is a concert setting worthy of the best choirs. Duration: ca. 4:00. See the score
Things that Never Die
SATB and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-48093-7
Canadian composer Mark Sirett has set the inspirational Charles Dickens text in a simple and effective style. With a flowing and independent piano accompaniment, the singers paint the text with descriptive lines ending each verse with the powerful exclamation ‘These things can never die’ Duration: ca. 5:00 Additional instrumentation for wind quintet + piano available from the composer. See the score
Un canadien errant
SATB and piano, Kelman Hall 04/20 MMP 28 (Music Plus, Kitchener ON)
One of Canada’s best-loved folksongs; an emotional and heartrending story of a young rebel who is banished from his homeland. Poignant and dramatic setting that has often been used for Canada Day Unisong Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Also available in SSA. Easy. Full orchestra version available from the composer. Watch Hart House Chorus, University of Toronto
Voices of Earth
SATB, piano and violin, Boosey and Hawkes M051479603
This tone poem begins and ends gently, but rises to a striking moment when describing “the roar of the sea’s surge, the might of thunder breaking” and is based on a poem by one of Canada’s finest poets, Archibald Lampman (1861-1899). Appropriate for an advanced high school, college or community chorus. commissioned by the Dartmouth Concert Association for the award-winning Halifax Camerata, Jeff Joudrey, conductor. See the score
SSA and percussion, easily adapted to SATB Boosey & Hawkes M051-4473434 (also appears in some catalogues as ‘Wantane’)
A soundscape inspired by aboriginal culture. Non-traditional vocal sounds, fragments of Iroquois- inspired chants, birdcalls, and varied percussion help evoke the atmosphere of the Eastern woodlands. The work has been performed at ACDA national and regional conventions, the CBC Choral Competition as well as festivals in Europe. Medium in difficulty. Watch Watch
Where have all the flowers gone?
Words and music by Peter Seeger, SATB, piano, optional, violin, flute, oboe, double bass, Boosey & Hawkes, M-051-47540-7 Full score: M-051-10515-1
A beautiful, expressive setting of this favorite song that longs for peace. Each verse varies in voicing. The setting is inventive and deeply moving. Since 911, especially suitable for concerts of remembrance and peace commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI. String orchestra version available from the composer. Medium easy. See the score Watch
Will Ye No Come Back Again?
SATB and piano, Alliance Music AMP 0391
A stirring arrangement of this great Scottish folk song of farewell. Each verse features different sections of the choir. The final verse is an outpouring of emotion; and thrilling conclusion with a dazzling piano part that evokes the sound of the highland drums and pipes. Excellent for youth and adult adult choirs. This has been used for Unisong on Canada Day at the National Arts Centre. Full Orchestration available from the composer. Easy/Medium difficulty. See the score Watch
satb coming soon: Love is the Water of Life, from Six Rumi Lyrics written in honour of Doreen Rao, SATB, piano and violin, Boosey and Hawkes
SATB a cappella, Gordon V. Thompson (Leslie Music) VA-4028 (Leslie Music Supply, Oakville ON)
A prize-winner in the Amadeus Choir Carol Competition full of lush, expressive harmonies. This work is featured on the CD “Balulalow”, by the award-winning University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, Leonard Ratzlaff, director. Medium Selected as “Favorite of the Month”, December 2012, Musica international
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Watch Kölner Kantorei
Celtic Carol (Sweet was the Song)
SATB a cappella, Kelman Hall 05/20 MMP 30 (Music Plus)
A setting of the traditional medieval text “Sweet was the song, the song the virgin sang”. Warm sustained harmonies compliment the sentiment of this beautiful text. Expressive ornaments underscore the Irish origin of the text. Medium.
Det finns en ros som renast är (There is no Rose)
In the Christmas collection Julkören published in Sweden by Notfabriken Music Publishers
D’ou viens-tu, bergère? SATB a cappella ‘An American Christmas’ ed. Jerry Rubino, Oxford University Press.
An a cappella version of one of Canada’s best-loved Christmas lullabies. The collection contains 16 carols arrangements by well-known composers from North America.
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Du förstår när han är här
SATB a cappella Gehrmans Musickförlag SKG 10083.
This is the Swedish version of “Thou shalt know Him”. See the description, reviews and soundfiles below.
SATB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47741-8
First Prize Winner of the 2005 Amadeus Choir of Greater Toronto Carol Competition in the a cappella division. This lullaby-carol has elegant lines and sophisticated harmonies. Easy
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SATB a cappella Boosey & Hawkes 051-47974
This a cappella Advent motet, with a text taken from the Gospel of Luke known as the “Annunciation,” uses long, legato, intense lines to describe the birth of the baby Jesus. With divisi in all voice parts and full vocal ranges required from everyone, this lush setting is suitable for the very best college and professional choirs.
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God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
SATB and organ, brass and organ, full orchestra. ‘Carols for Choirs V’ Edited by David Blackwell and Bob Chilcott, Oxford University Press 978-0-19-337356-3
Found in this newest version of the famous ‘Carols for Choirs’ that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the celebrated first volume. Orchestrations of brass+organ or full orchestra are available for rent from Oxford University Press
SATB a cappella in ‘Christmas Carols of the World” and ‘Weinachtslider aus aller Welt’ ed. Volker Hempflig, Carus Verlag
The new choral anthology Christmas carols of the world will enrich the Christmas repertoire for choirs, with lots of exciting choral arrangements of a selection of 85 international Christmas carols. It is edited by Volker Hempfling and contains arrangements by composers from 23 countries in their original languages, including John Rutter, John Høybye, Mark Sirett, Wolfram Buchenberg, Matti Hyökki and Fredo Jung. Score
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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
SATB and organ, Roger Dean 10/2386R
A graceful melody compliments the powerful words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a longing for peace, the true message of Christmas. Easy.
If Ye Would Hear the Angels Sing
SATB and organ, Canadian International CIM1063
This carol setting was the commissioned by Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, William Maddox, director, for the annual Advent Carol service by the ‘Churches of the Hill’, Toronto. A magnificent text paired with a majestic tune and commanding organ accompaniment. Great conclusion to an Advent or Carol Service. Medium.
Love Came Down at Christmas
SATB and organ, Canadian International CIM1031
A simple and melodious setting of this classic text by Christina Rosetti. Easy and very effective.
Make We Joy Now
SATB, brass and organ, Gordon V. Thompson (available from Alfred)
A colourful and exciting setting of this traditional Christmas text provides interesting mixed metres and lively rhythms. The work can be performed with organ alone, or organ and brass. Another winner of the Amadeus Carol Competition. Exciting and rewarding. Medium difficulty.
O Brillante Estrella
SATB and piano, Boosey and Hawkes 48019887
Commissioned by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Noel Edison, conductor. An original composition on a traditional Puerto Rican Christmas nativity text, O Brillante Estrella is in the style of a villancico, a lively Spanish carol. Colorful harmonies, syncopated rhythms, and flamboyant accompaniment help to capture the Spanish and Latin American spirit of this engaging piece. Brass and organ version available from the composer. A contemporary vivacious setting of a Latin-American text that celebrates the arrival of the three kings. Full of bold Spanish harmonies and tango-inspired rhythms great for the concert stage. A wonderful addition to the music of Christmas, beautifully crafted and gorgeous to sing…Philip Brunelle, American Organist
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SATB and piano, ECS Publishing 6415
A setting of Thomas Hardy’s magnificent poem about the legend of the oxen kneeling in adoration at midnight on Christmas Eve. A strong, handsome tune is accompanied by a majestic piano part that can also be effectively performed by harp. Very moving ending. Not difficult. Especially good for teen mixed choirs, and older choirs. Thomas Hardy’s evocative poem is given an equally atmospheric setting by the Canadian composer Mark Sirett. If you know other music of Sirett’s (like the lovely Christmas motet, “Thou Shalt Know Him”), you know how beautifully he writes for voices. This is another gem with a finely wrought harp part. It would be marvelous for a Christmas Eve service.’ ...Philip Brunelle, American Organist
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Song of the Angels (Gloria)
SATB and percussion, Boosey & Hawkes, M051476596
A colourful sound-scape on the “Gloria” of the traditional Latin mass. Experimental effects found throughout are quite accessible and often supported by the tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Gregorian chant inspires the opening and concluding melodies. The work received acclaim at the in 2003 Previa International Choral Festival in Greece. Medium to Difficult.
There is No Rose
SATB a cappella, Gordon V. Thompson (Alfred) VTS-4049
This classic Christmas text has been set to a haunting melody supported by rich impressionistic harmonies. The opening is a canon between sopranos. The verses develop harmonically to a dramatic conclusion, and a melting finale. Medium difficulty. This also appears as ‘Det finns en ros som renast är’ in a Christmas collection called Julkören (see above)
Thou Shalt Know Him
SATB a cappella, Augsburg/Fortress Press 0-8006-5520-6
Also available in Swedish from Gehrmans Musickförlag (listed above) and now available in Europe from the Church Music Society (OUP 978-0-19-395397-0)
One of Augsburg’s top-selling choral octavos. A stunning text complimented by a soaring melody and expressive harmonies. This work has been frequently recorded and performed by choirs worldwide. This is also available in an SSAA version from Augsburg/Fortress. This has been performed by Vocalessence, Philip Brunelle, conductor, on American Public Media’s national broadcast of “Welcome Christmas.” …Mark Sirett’s “Thou Shalt Know Him” is a piece of such resonant reverence that it could supplant “Silent Night” as your favorite …R. Hubbard
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Waye Not His Cribb
SATB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes, M051-47574-2
Winner of the Amadeus Choir Carol Competition, this work has also been performed by VocalEssence directed by Philip Brunelle. The unusual but expressive text is by Renaissance English poet Richard Crashaw. The opening verse is set for alto or baritone solo and chorus. Moderate. The work has been recorded by the Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, director on the CBC disc “Puer Natus in Bethelehem, Alleluia!”
Welcome all Wonders
SATB a cappella, Augsburg Fortress Press
Commissioned by the Oriana Singers of Port Hope, this Christmas anthem is found in The Augsburg Choirbook for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, Augsburg Fortress Press ISBN: 9780800678586. Moderate.
What Sweeter Music
SATB a cappella, Augsburg Fortress Press 0800659287
This wonderful text by George Herbert has been set in rich harmonies that evoke the vivid imagery of the text. Especially good for more advanced church choirs, and in concert. Moderate.
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A Gaelic Grace
SATB piano or organ, H.W. Gray (Alfred) 00-34854
A heartfelt setting of the traditional Gaelic blessing, “Deep Peace’ can be performed a cappella or with accompaniment. This recent release will become a favorite for many occasions including services on peace, for weddings and funerals, and general dismissal.
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And Now, O Father
SATB and piano (organ), H. W. Gray 39156
A flowing, serene anthem on a wonderful text by William Bright: And now, O Father, mindful of the love. The anthem features pairings of upper and lower voices and gentle counterpoint that is quite accessible and well supported by the piano accompaniment. For general use through the church year.
As a Tree SATB sacred a cappella, Augsburg Fortress 978-1-5064-1381-5 An accessible a cappella work full of lyricism and expressive harmonies. The beautiful and inspiring text by Michael Morris is based on Psalm 1 and implores us all to “be like a tree firmly planted which yields its fruit and prospers.”
Be Exalted, O God
SATB, organ, optional flute, 2 trumpets, handbells, Roger Dean 10/2359R-3.
This Psalm anthem was commissioned by Rideau Park United Church, Ottawa in honour of organist Dianne Ferguson. A rewarding anthem that is flexible in the instrumentation. Optional part for children’s chorus can be sung by unison sopranos or a soloist. Medium difficulty.
The Hour of Banquet and Song
SATB a cappella, Roger Dean 10/2090R
Inspired by plainsong, this communion anthem was composed for Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto, William Maddox, director. The flowing counterpoint builds to a wonderful climax that gradually fades to a gentle, reflective conclusion.
SATB, piano or organ, Augsburg Fortress ED015041
Originally commissioned for the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Ontario, this gorgeous setting of the John Greenleaf Whittier text is hypnotic. Lush harmonies and flowing lines make this a memorable and inspiring anthem.
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It is Good to Give Thanks
SATB and organ, Roger Dean 10/3939R
“It is good to give thanks to God, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness every night!” These wonderful words of praise set the stage for award-winning Canadian composer Mark Sirett’s exciting work of celebration. Written for “divisi” choir and organ, this song of Thanksgiving and celebration will become a standard in your library.
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Jesus, Your Boundless Love
SATB and organ, Royal Canadian College of Organists, RCCO-011
A hymn-anthem on the wonderful words by Paul Gerhardt translated by John Wesley. Commissioned by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Ottawa ON, Karen Holmes, Organist and Music Director, in memory of William Hartwick.
Make a Joyful Noise (Bwana Asifiwe)
SATB and organ or piano (optional African percussion) Kelman Hall 09/2071 (Music Plus)
This African inspired setting of Psalm 100 is easy and full of great joy. Written in honour of the late Kenneth Inkster and the Summer Institute of Church Music.
O Sons and Daughters
SATB, organ and trumpet, Sacred Music Press 1 0/2013S
This Easter anthem has been featured twice on the nationally telecast CBC Easter Morning Sunrise Service. It is a verse anthem on the traditional Latin tune “O filii et filliae.” Contrasting verses building to a colourful “Alleluia” conclusion. Easy.
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Praise to God
SATB and organ, Canadian International CIM1005
This is a simple anthem suitable for harvest, or any service of thanksgiving. The choral and organ parts are easy. The traditional “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” appears as a descent in the final verse. An anthem that works especially well for a small choir. Easy.
Shout to God for Joy
General anthem, SATB, organ and trumpet, Roger Dean 10/2510R
Written for Woodroffe United Church, Ottawa this brief anthem of celebration is full of vitality. The choral writing is accessible and is complimented by a spirited organ part. Easy.
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Thy Kingdom Come
SATB and organ Kelman Hall 08/2061 (Music Plus)
A hymn-anthem suitable for communion and Advent, designed especially for smaller choirs. This was commissioned for Conrad Grebel Chapel, University of Waterloo and has become a favorite among many Canadian church choirs. Easy.
SSATBB motet, Walton Music WJMS1097
Commissioned for the National Youth Choir of Canada an extensive a cappella setting of this ancient Latin antiphon (Where charity and love dwell, there is God.) This sometimes serene, oft-times dramatic work has a great deal of harmonic and contrapuntal interest. Appropriate for college, university, community and church choirs. Moderately difficult.
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Veni Sancte Spiritus
SSAATBB motet, Walton Music, WJMS1084 HL08501585
A magnificent a cappella setting that combines the traditional Latin and English texts—appropriate for church and concert stage. The motet was commissioned by Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto, and features antiphony between upper and lower voices, and rich, sustained harmonies. Suitable for church and concert stage.
Watch ECU Chamber Singers, Daniel Barra, conductor
Where Love and Charity Live
SATB a cappella, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47825-5
An extensive motet on the English translation of “Ubi caritas” commissioned by the Peterborough Singers, Sydney Birrell, director. Full of rich sonorities and contrast. Medium difficult.
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Wilt Thou Forgive
SATB a cappella, Canadian International CIM1027
A Lenten anthem is a setting of the poem by John Donne more commonly known as “Hymn to God the Father”. A challenging work full of great musical rewards. Difficult. Recorded by the Canadian Chamber Choir.