sacred & christmas

ssa & ssaa

Auld lang syne 
SSA, piano and flute, Boosey & Hawkes HL 48023947.
Often translated as “times gone by” or “days long ago”, this is a song of friendship and goodwill. Although it is most often sung on New Years Eve, it is equally appropriate at times of farewell such as graduations. This beautiful arrangement uses the original Scottish air. Additional small instrumental ensemble version available from the composer. See and hear   

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A Child is Born
SSA, percussion, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47671-8
This rewarding work is evocative of the medieval era in keeping with the mystical text by Hildegard of Bingen. The accompaniment includes hand drum, finger cymbals or triangle, and tambourine. The work was commissioned by La Jeunesse, Cobourg in honour of retiring director, Deirdre Morrell. See and hear  Watch – Amabile Youth Singers, London ON      

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Blake’s Cradle Song
SSA, piano, flute, oboe, Gordon V. Thompson VG-367  (available from Alfred)
Lush harmonies and elegant flowing lines bring this traditional Christmas text by William Blake to life. The setting was written in honour of Jean Ashworth Bartle and Ruth Watson Henderson and the Toronto Children’s Chorus.    

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D’où viens-tu, bergère?
SSA and piano, Boosey & Hawkes M051-47818-7
A charming setting of one of Canada’s favourite carols suitable for children’s and women’s voices.  The carol is in the form of a dialogue between a young shepherdess who has returned from the manager and local villagers.  A great selection for a carol concert or service.
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Every Child Has Known God
SSA and piano, Alliance Music  AMP0815-021
Every Child Has Known God is a setting of a fascinating, spiritual text by Hafiz and can be considered either sacred or secular.  The work was commissioned by Les Chanteuses of Edmonton, under the direction of Heather Bedford.  The beginning lyrical writing moves to a spirited conclusion ‘Come dance with me’.   
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Hodie, Alleluia
SSA and piano Boosey & Hawkes HL 48023064
This is a contemporary setting of the traditional Vespers antiphon for Christmas Eve, “Hodie Christus natus est.” The African and jazz influences found in this score were inspired by the composer’s experiences in Ghana. Written for SSA choir, piano and Djembe(the Djembe is improvised and no part is included), this setting captures the multicultural spirit of the song. Two instrumentations available from the composer:  a) flute, oboe, violin, double bass + piano b)  string quartet + piano See and hear  Listen

little tree
SSA, piano, Hinshaw Music, HMC 2039
Commissioned by the Kanata Children’s Chorus, Barbara Page-Puppa, director, this is an rewarding Christmas work for children or women based on one of e. e. cummings’ lesser known but beautiful texts. The work concludes with a joyous peal of “Noel, noel.”  See and hear
 

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Song of the Angels (Gloria)
SSAA, handbells, percussion, Boosey & Hawkes M-051-47492-9
Although the Gloria is often associated with Christmas the message of peace is universal and appropriate for many different settings.   This is a colourful soundscape uses accessible experimental effects often supported by the tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Gregorian chant inspires the opening and concluding melodies. The work received acclaim at recent international festivals. Commissioned by La Jeunesse Northumberland Girls’ Choir
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The Stars Point The Way
SSA and piano Boosey & Hawkes #M051480944 (CME Holiday Lights) HL.48022975
“The Stars Point The Way” was commissioned by the Cantilon Choirs of Edmonton Alberta and was awarded “Outstanding Choral Composition for 2010” by the Association of Canadian Choral Communities. This Christmas carol is sub-titled “Cosmic Bethlehem” and is a beautiful mix of traditional metaphors and contemporary references by Canadian poet Wendy Jean Maclean that will engage your singers and audiences and make the miracle relevant and personal. Duration: 3 minutes 35 seconds. Additional instrumentations available from the composer a) string quartet + piano b) flute, oboe, violin, double bass + piano See and hear  Watch    

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Taladh Chriosda
SSA, piano and violin, Boosey and Hawkes M051-47874-3
This beautiful Gaelic carol comes from the Scottish Isles. The tune, which is in the Mixolydian mode, has a medieval quality. The gently swaying rhythm captures the essence of Mary gently rocking the Baby in her arms. This song could also be used as a beautiful candle-lit processional.  Small instrumental ensemble version available from the composer.  See and hear  Watch   Listen to the Cantabile Choirs in this extended version of this arrangement: 

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Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes
SSAA, Augsburg/Fortress Press 0800675304
This Advent and Christmas motet was originally SATB and has become of one Augsburg’s best-selling octavos. An expressive, soaring melody is complimented by rich sonorities. This work has often been recorded by many Canadian choirs and heard on CBC. Moderate  See and hear  Listen

Tyrley, tyrlow
SSA, piano and C instrument, Hinshaw HMC 1754
This work was written for the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Jean Ashworth Bartle, director and premiered at Roy Thomson Hall. The text is a traditional Irish poem from the Renaissance; the writing is lyrical, modal, and harmonically inventive. The setting crescendos to an impassioned climax, and fades poignantly wistfully in the final strains of the recorder. 
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