Elektra Women’s Choir Series

 
 


Adam Lay Ybounden    by Matthew Larkin


SSA    $2.25    CP 1025 
(see the score while you listen) - duration 4:00

Written originally for a small church choir, this piece takes the ancient text and sets it with a mystical angularity, but maintaining a beautiful sense of line. Includes a small  incidental solo and duet sections.



Ave Maria    by David MacIntyre


SSSAAA  a cappella  $2.50    CP 1024 
(see the score while you listen) - duration 3:00

Written for Elektra Women's Choir, this jubilant, rhythmic piece is now heard performed around the world. Using only the words "Ave Maria" this rhythmic and visionary work is suitable for women's or very advanced

children's choir.



Changed Forever    by Shari Ulrich  arr. by Kate MacColl


SSA a cappella    $2.35    CP 1242  
(see the score while you listen)

SATB a cappella   $2.35    CP 1250

When initially inspired to arrange a work for Canada's premiere women's choir - Elektra - "Changed Forever" was the first and only song to come to mind.  "Elektra's members represent virtually every stage of a woman's life, and I don't know a single woman who hasn't experienced at least one thing Shari has written about in this song - I imagined Elektra as I arranged the piece and know that many lives will indeed be 'changed forever' when they experience Shari's incredible song". This is one of the more poignant and meaningful pieces in the Cypress catalogue.



Consider the Lilies   by Stephen Smith 


SSAA    $2.35    CP 1312 
    (see the score while you listen)

Consider the lilies of the field; they toil not, neither do they spin.

Yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  (Matthew 6:25-36)


These words of comfort and assurance are set beautifully for an accomplished

women's choir.



Da Pacem    by Jeff Enns


SSAA    $2.35    CP 1151 
(see the score while you listen) - duration 4:00

A serene setting of the text, "Da pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris". (Give us peace, Lord, in all our days)  Da Pacem was presented at PODIUM 2010 by both Elektra and the women of the Canadian Chamber Choir, for whom it was written.



The Dawn is not Distant - Christine Donkin


SSAA    with piano    $2.35    CP 1302 
    (listen here and view the score)


The Dawn is Not Distant joins fragments of text from two very different sources: the Latin translation of Genesis chapter 15 and Tales of a Wayside Inn by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. When read together out of their original

contexts, a new meaning is created.


Says the composer, "Around the time that I began writing this piece, I was thinking about earlier times of my life, and in particular one event that left me heartbroken. The Dawn is Not Distant contains the message of hope

and optimism that I would convey to my former self if I were able to travel back in time."  C.D.



Early Spring    arr. Kathleen Allan   


SSA a cappella    $2.35    CP 1142 
(see the score while you listen)

This sad, all too common, tale of a Newfoundland sailor lost at sea and the grief of his bride conveys the sense of hope turning to hopelessness, as her groom's fate is related trough this beautiful lament. Arranged for

Bonaventure's College Girls' Choir by Kathleen Allan, it is a cappella with rhythmic and textural challenges, suitable for skilled girls' or women's choirs.



How the Blossoms are Falling    by Ramona Luengen


SSAA    $2.50    CP 1314 
(see the score while you listen)

Ramona has given a exquisite setting to Joy Kogawa’s poem and dedicated it to the late Diane Loomer. Listen to the quality recording by the Elektra Women’s Choir.


Infant Holy, Infant Lowly    by Jeff Enns


SSAA    $2.35    CP 1380 
(see the score while you listen)

A new setting of the timeless lyrics. Listen to an exquisite rendition of this piece by the Elektra Women’s Choir while you study the score.


Instrument of Peace    by Kelly-Marie Murphy


SSA with piano    $2.35    CP 1389
(see the score while you listen)

The famous text of St. Francis of Assisi comes through with heartfelt clarity in this beautiful setting for treble voices.

String Quartet accompaniment

(optional and not available through retailers - $20 for the set sent via PDF files)


Joy  by Kathleen Allan   


SSAA with piano   $2.50    CP 1403 
(see the score while you listen)

Listen to this quality recording by Elektra Women’s Choir. I am wild, I will sing to the trees, I will sing to the stars in the sky  - - Sara Teasdale

Log Drivers' Waltz   by Wade Hemsworth    arr. Ron Smail 


SSA    $2.35      CP 1030 
(see the score while you listen)

A show-stopper of a piece! This work is a piece of Canadiana, is funny and exciting, and includes a coloratura soprano solo.


Lullaby    by James Rolfe - poem by Amanda Jernigan


SSA    $2.35   CP 1430  -     
(see the score while you listen)

The Lady Cove Women’s Choir commissioned and premiered this beautiful piece.  Listen to the stellar performance. Sung by Mary to her Holy Child this lullaby is not baby-talk - but rather poses difficult questions about the future. Suitable any time of year (not only at Yuletide)


Maid on the Shore    arr. Kathleen Allan   


SSA a cappella (optional percussion)   $2.35    CP 1404 
(see the score while you listen)

What a folk tale!  An alluring women sings the sailors to sleep and then robs them blind! Go figure! Listen to this quality recording by Lady Cove Women’s Choir.


Salve Regina    by Ramona Luengen


SSAA    $2.35    CP 1010 
(see the score while you listen)

One of the Catholic Church's four Marian antiphons, is set for unaccompanied women's choir and solo flute or solo soprano. With thick, luscious harmonies, this is a challenging piece of music, at times requiring 8-part

divisi. The work requires a good sense of flow, attention to word stress and a convincing understanding of the piece's structure.



Star Song    arr. Edward Henderson


SSAA   piano -  $2.50    CP 1287A
(see the score while you listen)

SSAA   classical guitar, piano and double bass -  $2.50    CP 1287B

This exquisite composition for women was commissioned by the very fine Elektra Women’s Choir (heard on the recording) Luci Shaw wrote the poem.   “We have been having epiphanies, like suns,all this year long.And now, at its close,when the planets are shining through frost, radiance runs like music in the bones,and the heart keeps rising at the sound of any song.”

Instrumental parts

(classical guitar, piano and double bass - not available through retailers) - $10 (sent via PDF files):


There Is No Rose    by Don Macdonald


SSAA    $2.35    CP 1106

Don captures the glory and mystery of the Virgin birth with this exquisite composition.


Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day   arr. Ruth Watson Henderson


SSA    a cappella  $2.35    CP 1358
(see the score while you listen)

Ruth brings new life to this ancient carol with a sparkling piano accompaniment and interesting lilting vocal lines. Women of all ages will love this joyful Christmas selection.


To Morning    by Allan Bevan


SSA with piano    $2.35    CP 1076 
(see the score while you listen)

Allan has set a poem by William Blake to a wonderful tapestry of rich and lush harmonies, unfolding like the dawn with a great sense of momentum. Piano accompaniment is romantic and has challenges, but is a delight to

play.




 

The Elektra Women’s Choir Series

music for accomplished treble choirs


Welcome to Cypress' new series of music for accomplished treble choirs. I'm very pleased to recommend these timeless Canadian compositions and arrangements to conductors looking for a challenge for their advanced high school, college, or adult women's choir.  Each has something to offer the singer and the listener.  Be sure to listen to the audio links as you peruse the scores, and contact me any time to discuss how these pieces might work for your choir. Enjoy! - M.E.