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CHORAL – SATB

CHRISTMAS CAROL #1
SING LULLABY

Text by: Matthew Cook

DESCRIPTION: Based on a text by Matthew Cook with additional lyrics by the composer, this piece is a sonorous, study in colors. With a wonderfully rich homophonic texture, it allows choirs capable of divisi to present a wonderful lullaby celebrating the Christ child’s birth.

Scored for SATB choir (SSATTBB), and optional Cello or Violin
Timing: 3-4 minutes
Cost per participants: $140
DELIVERED: October 1, 2016

Sign-up deadline September 30, 2016

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Listen to: Lullay my liking:


Listen to: Lord Make Us Servants of Your Peace

CHRISTMAS CAROL #2
I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Text by: Longfellow
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

DESCRIPTION:
A joyful setting in 6/8. Strophic, however changes in harmony will reflect the text. The optional instrument will provide transitions and accompaniment to several verses.

Scored for SATB a cappella and optional C instrument
Timing: 3 minutes
Cost per Participant: $125
DELIVERED: October 1, 2016

Sign-up deadline September 30, 2016

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Listen to: Awake and Join the Cheerful Song:

Listen to: Lullay my liking:

CHRSTMAS CAROL #3

O MOST WONDERFUL
Text: A Translation of “O Sanctissima”
O most wonderful!
O Most merciful!
Christ, our Saviour, is born on earth!
Sinners forgiven,
Sorrow forgotten:
Greet, O greet we now this glorious birth!

O most wonderful!
O Most merciful!
Christ, our Saviour, is born on earth!
Christ comes among us,
Christ will redeem us:
Greet, O greet we now this glorious birth!

O most wonderful!
O Most merciful!
Christ, our Saviour, is born on earth!
Armies on high sing
Praises unending:
Greet, O greet we now this glorious birth!

DESCRIPTION: I envision a lyrical setting of this most beautiful text with a flowing piano accompaniment

Scored for SATB and piano
Timing: 3-4 minutes
Cost per Participant: $150
DELIVERED: November, 2016

Sign-up deadline: October 15, 2016

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Listen to: Cedit Hyems:


Listen to: We Are the Music Makers:

 

THE LIGHT OF THE HEART
Text by: Rumi
The light which shines in the eye
is really the light of the heart.
The light which fills the heart
is the light of God

DESCRIPTION:
I am envisioning a very contemplative, personal, intimate setting. Featuring voicings that include some clusters, drawing on a variety of choral colors, including setting parts of the piece as a cappella sections.

Scored for SATB and piano
Timing: 2-4 minutes
Cost per participant: $150
DELIVERED: December, 2016

Sign-up deadline November 30, 2016

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Listen to: Lord Make Us Servants of Your Peace


Listen to: I am my beloved’s:

THE LIFE OF LOVE XVI: SUMMER
Text by: Khalil Gibran
Let us go into the fields, my beloved, for the
Time of harvest approaches, and the sun’s eyes
Are ripening the grain.
Let us tend the fruit of the earth, as the
Spirit nourishes the grains of Joy from the
Seeds of Love, sowed deep in our hearts.
Let us fill our bins with the products of
Nature, as life fills so abundantly the
Domain of our hearts with her endless bounty.
Let us make the flowers our bed, and the
Sky our blanket, and rest our heads together
Upon pillows of soft hay.
Let us relax after the day’s toil, and listen
To the provoking murmur of the brook.

DESCRIPTION: As the second part of a 4-piece series based on a beautiful text by Khalil Gibran.

Scored for: SATB choir and piano
Timing: 3-5 minutes
Cost per Participant: $150
DELIVERED: January, 2017

Sign-up deadline December 20, 2016

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Listen to: The Life of Love XVI: Spring:


Listen to: Cedit Hyems:

THE LIFE OF LOVE XVI: AUTUMN
Text by: Khalil Gibran
Let us go and gather grapes in the vineyard
For the winepress, and keep the wine in old
Vases, as the spirit keeps Knowledge of the
Ages in eternal vessels.

Let us return to our dwelling, for the wind has
Caused the yellow leaves to fall and shroud the
Withering flowers that whisper elegy to Summer.
Come home, my eternal sweetheart, for the birds
Have made pilgrimage to warmth and lest the chilled
Prairies suffering pangs of solitude. The jasmine
And myrtle have no more tears.

Let us retreat, for the tired brook has
Ceased its song; and the bubblesome springs
Are drained of their copious weeping; and
Their cautious old hills have stored away
Their colorful garments.

Come, my beloved; Nature is justly weary
And is bidding her enthusiasm farewell
With quiet and contented melody.

DESCRIPTION: As the third part of a 4-piece series based on a beautiful text by Khalil Gibran.

Scored for: SATB choir and piano
Timing: 3-6 minutes
Cost per Participant: $150
DELIVERED: March, 2017

Sign-up deadline February 15, 2017

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Listen to: The Life of Love XVI: Spring:


Listen to: Cedit Hyems:

THE LIFE OF LOVE XVI: WINTER
Text by: Khalil Gibran
Come close to me, oh companion of my full life;
Come close to me and let not Winter’s touch
Enter between us. Sit by me before the hearth,
For fire is the only fruit of Winter.

Speak to me of the glory of your heart, for
That is greater than the shrieking elements
Beyond our door.
Bind the door and seal the transoms, for the
Angry countenance of the heaven depresses my
Spirit, and the face of our snow-laden fields
Makes my soul cry.

Feed the lamp with oil and let it not dim, and
Place it by you, so I can read with tears what
Your life with me has written upon your face.

Bring Autumn’s wine. Let us drink and sing the
Song of remembrance to Spring’s carefree sowing,
And Summer’s watchful tending, and Autumn’s
Reward in harvest.

Come close to me, oh beloved of my soul; the
Fire is cooling and fleeing under the ashes.
Embrace me, for I fear loneliness; the lamp is
Dim, and the wine which we pressed is closing
Our eyes. Let us look upon each other before
They are shut.
Find me with your arms and embrace me; let
Slumber then embrace our souls as one.
Kiss me, my beloved, for Winter has stolen
All but our moving lips.

You are close by me, My Forever.
How deep and wide will be the ocean of Slumber,
And how recent was the dawn!

DESCRIPTION: As the fourth part of a 4-piece series based on a wonderful text by Khalil Gibran.

Scored for: SATB choir and piano
Timing: 3-5 minutes
Cost per Participant: $150
DELIVERED: April, 2017

Sign-up deadline March 15, 2017

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Listen to: The Life of Love XVI: Spring:


Listen to: Cedit Hyems:

REJOICE AND BE GLAD
Text by: Horatius Bonar
Rejoice and be glad!
The redeemer has come!
Go look in his cradle,
His cross, and his tomb.
Chorus

Sound his praises, tell the story,
Of him who was slain;
Sound his praises, tell with gladness,
He liveth again.

Rejoice and be glad!
It is sunshine at last!
The clouds have departed,
The shadows are past. Chorus

Rejoice and be glad!
For the blood hath been shed,
Redemption is finished,
The price hath been paid. Chorus

Rejoice and be glad!
For the Lamb that was slain
O’er death is triumphant,
And liveth again. Chorus

DESCRIPTION: A joyous a cappella setting helping celebrate the Resurrection!

Scored for: SATB choir
Timing: 2-4 minutes
Cost per Participant: $150
DELIVERED: January, 2017

Sign-up deadline December 15, 2017

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Listen to: Awake and Joing the Cheerful Song:

GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH

Text: Based on Psalm 46
God is our refuge and our strength,
in straits a present aid;

Therefore, although the earth remove,
we will not be afraid:
Though hills amidst the seas be cast;

Though waters roaring make,
And troubled be; yea, though the hills,
by swelling seas do shake.

A river is, whose streams do glad
the city of our God;
The holy place, wherein the Lord
most high hath his abode.

God in the midst of her doth dwell;
nothing shall her remove:
The Lord to her an helper will,
and that right early, prove.

The heathen rag’d tumultuously,
the kingdoms moved were:
The Lord God uttered his voice,
the earth did melt for fear.

The Lord of hosts upon our side
doth constantly remain:
The God of Jacob’s our refuge,
us safely to maintain.

Come, and behold what wondrous works
have by the Lord been wrought;
Come, see what desolations
he on the earth hath brought.

Unto the ends of all the earth
wars into peace he turns:
The bow he breaks, the spear he cuts,
in fire the chariot burns.

Be still, and know that I am God;
among the heathen I
Will be exalted; I on earth
will be exalted high.

Our God, who is the Lord of hosts,
is still upon our side;
The God of Jacob our refuge
for ever will abide.

DESCRIPTION: In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the the Reformation, this anthem will triumphantly represent Luther’s declaration.

Scored for: SATB choir, keyboard accompaniment, brass ensemble, and bells
Timing: 3-5 minutes
Cost per Participant: $150
DELIVERED: July, 2017

Sign-up deadline June, 2017

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Listen to: The Life of Love XVI: Spring:

CHORAL – MENS CHOIR

INVICTUS
Text by: Wiliams Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

DESCRIPTION: I envision a dramatic setting for men’s choir and piano. Rich in textures and emulating the powerful expression of the strength of the human spirit.

Scored for: Men’s Choir and piano
Cost per Participant: $150
DELIVERED: February, 2017

Sign-up deadline January 25, 2017

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Listen to: The Life of Love XVI: Spring:

CHORAL – SAB/MIXED CHOIR

AND THIS SHALL BE MUSIC
Text by: Robert Louis Stevenson taken from Romance
And this shall be for music when no one else is near,
The fine song for singing, the rare song to hear!
That only I remember, that only you admire,
Of the broad road that stretches and the roadside fire.

DESCRIPTION: I envision a melodic lyrical setting, with a complimentary piano accompaniment.

Scored for: SAB and piano
Timing: 2-4 minutes
Cost per Participant: $150
DELIVERED: December, 2016

Sign-up deadline November 15, 2017

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Listen to: The Life of Love XVI: Spring:

O VOS OMNES

Text by: from the Latin Vulgate
O vos ómnes qui transítis per víam, atténdite et vidéte:
Si est dólor símilis sícut dólor méus.

Atténdite, univérsi pópuli, et vidéte dolórem méum.
Si est dólor símilis sícut dólor méus.

Translation
O all you who walk by on the road, pay attention and see:
if there be any sorrow like my sorrow.

Pay attention, all people, and look at my sorrow:
if there be any sorrow like my sorrow.

DESCRIPTION: This powerful text from Lamentations provides a wonderful opportunity to create a stirring and powerful setting for mixed voices.

Scored for: SAB and piano
Timing: 2-4 minutes
Cost per Participant: $150
DELIVERED: December, 2016

Sign-up deadline November 15, 2017

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Listen to: The Life of Love XVI: Spring: