New Music - 2016

 
 
A Cappella Christmas Cantata    by Larry Nickel 


SATB    a cappella    $15.00    CP 1455
(see the score while you listen)

35 minutes in duration with 15 movements. Movements can be purchased separately. This music is written for fine choirs and yet it is very approachable with intuitive voice leading and sweet-spot vocal registers. Click the listen button (above) to see all 15 movements and listen to premiere recordings.


After the War   Gross and Keele arr. Mark Sirett


SATB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1328     
(see the score while you listen)

SSA    with piano    $2.35    CP 1326

TTBB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1378

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.


L’annonce by Marie-Claire Saindon
SSAA with keyboard or strings    $2.25    CP 1436    
(see the score while you listen) 

Movement #1 from Meditations de la Vierge Marie. (available as a single score or the complete trilogy)


Le bas de Noël   arr. Erica Phare-Bergh, text by Mary Travers known as “La Bolduc”     


SSA with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1433
    (listen here and view the score)

Remove stockings from the mantel when the fireplace is in use!

Often considered to be Quebec’s first singer-songwriter, Mary Travers (known as “La Bolduc”) hit the peak of her career in the 1930s. She popularized the well-known turlutte (French Canadian mouth music) that is now synonymous with Québecois folk song. She wrote mainly political and satirical songs, but also a number of New Year’s songs, although this particular one is a Christmas song. Le bas de Noël, depicts the antics of a family as they meet to celebrate Christmas together. La Bolduc’s tongue-in-cheek tone is found even here in her non-political song.



Be Still and Consider    by  Larry Nickel


SATB   with piano and instrument   $2.50    CP 1429
(see the score while you listen)
SSAA   with piano and instrument   $2.50    CP 1379
(see the score while you listen)

SATB   a cappella version   $2.50    CP 1394 -  click here to see the a cappella score

Be still and consider the wonder of God.  Listen to this marvelous rendition by the West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir.


Bien vite c’est le jour de l’An   arr. Erica Phare-Bergh, text “La Bolduc”     


SSA with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1434
    (listen here and view the score)

Mary Travers (known as “La Bolduc”) wrote mainly political and satirical songs, but also a number of New Year’s songs like this one. It speaks of families getting together for New Year’s – the good old times, the hugs and kisses, the gastronomical list of treats and of course, Grandma’s meat pie (tourtière). This arrangement is part of Dr. Laurier Fagnan’s series entitled La série enchantée.



Candles are Dancing by Penny Blake and Harris Loewen


SSA     $2.35    CP 1489 
   (see the score while you listen)

SATB    $2.35    CP 1412

This Christmas composition is most suitable for high school and community choirs. It dances in triple meter.


Ça va venir   arr. by Jean-Charles Côté


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1423    
(see the score while you listen)

Mary Rose-Anna Bolduc, née Travers, was a singer of French Canadian musician. She was known as Madame Bolduc or La Bolduc. During the peak of her popularity in the 1930s, she was known as the Queen of Canadian Folksingers. Jean-Charles has given a very convincing rendition of a Canadian classic.


C’est l’aviron   arr. Donald Patriquin


SSA with piano    $2.35    CP 1445
    (listen here and view the score)

SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1453

This is a wonderful example of a folk song that came to Canada (Quebec) from Europe (France) and was made into a 'local' work song with the addition of a refrain– all sung to make the hard work enjoyable while paddling canoes on early Quebec's waterways.



Ce matin j’ai recontré le train    by Michael Murray


SATB  a cappella  $2.35    CP 1420
(see the score while you listen)

Listen to this quality recording by musica intima - one of Canada’s finest choirs. Imagine being a bystander when the caravan with the three magi marches past on their way to Bethlehem.


Child of Wonder    by Corlynn Hanney


SATB    $2.35    CP 1419 
(see the score while you listen)

Remember Corlynn’s “Christmas Angel”? This Christmas song is about a child who is not the Christ baby. Corlynn sings about a wonderful child who is experiencing the wonder of Christmas.


Donkey Riding    arr. Paul Aitken   


SA (two part) with piano    $2.35    CP 1424  
(see the score while you listen)

SATB - with piano    $2.35    CP 1450

Imagine hauling timber out of the bush back in the 1930’s.  The steam donkey was often used to do the heavy lifting - loading trains.  This is a classic Canadian folksong and Paul has brought it to life with this spirited arrangement.


Down in the River    traditional arr. Larry Nickel


SATB    with piano   $2.25    CP 1483
(see the score while you listen)

Made famous by the movie “Brother, Where Art Thou?”, this meaningful piece sings itself.  Listen to the mass choir sing it.


L’enfant, l’oiseau et l’arbre - Bruno Dufresne


SATB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1410 
    (listen here and view the score)


A bird, a tree, a child - with questions of happiness and loneliness. What a provoking trilogy to deal with the deep questions of our existence in such a charming way.



Fire    by  Katerina Gimon


SATB    $2.35    CP 1451 
(see the score while you listen)

Fire is the third piece in a set of four SATB works called Elements composed in 2013 and premiered in March 2014 by Laurier Singers under Lee Willingham. This set of works was a winner in the IAWM 2014 Search For New Music Competition as well as the Vancouver Chamber Choir's 2015 Young Composers' Competition.


Fire is a fun, lively and energetic work incorporating vocal percussion, body percussion, nasal singing, calls, nonsense syllables as well as optional percussion.



Gloria - the cantata - Jeff Enns


SATB with piano or strings   $12.00    CP 1470 
(see the score while you listen)

9 movements - 22 minutes in duration. Like the Vivaldi “Gloria” in structure, Jeff’s “Gloria” is perfectly suited for church programs and for the concert stage. Jeff is a fine violinist and he really knows how to write for strings. Six movements are offered as stand-alone works. Please listen to a quality recording and view the score.


Go Into the Glory of the Woods    by Brian Tate  

                           

SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1356  
   (see the score while you listen)

Who knew that the amazing artist, Emily Carr, was also a fine poet.  Go Into the Glory of the Woods is the 3rd movement of Brian’s “Emily Carr Suite”.


Hymn of Acxiom by Vienna Teng, arr. Robin Salkeld


SATB    $2.35    CP 1406    
(see the score while you listen) 

The Acxiom Corporation fits into a category called database marketing. They have collected data on over 126 million households. This song is relevant although quite unnerving. Robin has given Vienna’s song his trademark choral treatment.



The Frost   by Kathleen Allan    


SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1408 
(see the score while you listen)

The frost that stings like fire upon my cheek,

The loneliness of this forsaken ground,

The long white drift upon whose powdered peak

I sit in the great silence as one bound;



I Asked of God    by. Emily Walker


SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1417   
   (see the score while you listen)

Listen to the marvelous recording by the Canadian Chamber Choir. Emily adds poignancy to Lucy Montgomery’s prayerful poem. What does God ask of us?  This wonderful composition challenges us to put things in perspective.


I Cannot Dance   by Larry Nickel


SSAATBB    a cappella    $2.50    CP 1340
(see the score while you listen)

A stunning piece with flamenco rhythms for an accomplished choir; it was premiered by the Salt Lake Vocal Artists at the National ACDA convention in 2015. The text was written by Mechthild of Magdeburg in the 13th century.

This piece was selected by Dr. Julia Davids to be part of the Canadian Chamber Choir Series.


Ikimilikiliklik   by Tobin Stokes


SSAA a cappella    $2.75    CP 1376 
    (see the score while you listen)

This unusual composition has been performed around the world. Google the word (if you can spell it) to see wonderful festival performances throughout Europe. Tobin’s song is built on the Basque mythology of witches celebrating the Witches’ Sabbath in the forest, casting spells and brewing magic potions. Halloween fun!


I’ll Give My Love an Apple    arr. Jenny Trites 

                                   

SSA a cappella   $2.35    CP 1428  
   (see the score while you listen)

Helen Creighton collected over four thousand folksongs, stories, and myths over the course of her career. This variant of I’ll Give My Love an Apple from Dennis Smith, a retired sea captain living in Chezzetcook, NS. Creighton used to cite this as one of her favourites, although Smith wasn't sure why she was so excited, saying, “it’s only a little one, about as long as my thumb." 


Jennifer - also from the Maritimes - has scored this exciting setting of medium difficulty.

Listen to the wonderful rendition of Jennifer’s arrangement by Nova Scotia’s Xara - directed by Christina Murray.



Immanuel    by Estanislau Gubiotti


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1387 
(see the score while you listen)

This new Christmas composition sings itself! Intuitive voice leading helps choirs to get past the notes into the nuances of the text and lovely harmonies.  Stan wrote a beautiful instrumental feature for a solo instrument with piano (oboe, flute, clarinet or violin).


Immigrant Son    by Estanislau Gubiotti


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1434 
(see the score while you listen)

One of the most relevant compositions we’ve had the pleasure of adding to our catalogue.  Stan is an immigrant to Canada, so this comes from a place of reflection and honesty. Provocative, thought provoking, somewhat disturbing and with heart - rendering beauty. Listen to the gorgeous recording.


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.

A Little Brighter  by Kathryn Parrotta


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1421
    (listen here and view the score)

Kathryn poses several timeless questions and then answers, “Because He chooses His stars to share all their light.  Isn’t the sky a little brighter tonight?” Written for Kathryn’s fine youth choir, this song works in any season of the year.


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

Little Brown Church    arr. Larry Nickel


SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1395 
  (view the score and listen here)

Do you remember when Tennessee Ernie Ford had this hit on the radio?  Larry has always loved this piece.  Listen to the Jubilate Vocal Ensemble in concert - this song really works to makes choirs sound great - and audiences love it!


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)


Méditations de la Vierge Marie (trilogy) by Marie-Claire Saindon


SSAA with keyboard or strings    $5.25    CP 1440

Grand in scope and poignant in effect, Marie-Claire has written this wonderful work for women’s choir. Poems from three different sources illuminate aspects of the immaculate conception.


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.


Merci mon Maitre by Marie-Claire Saindon
SSAA with keyboard or strings    $2.50    CP 1438    
(see the score while you listen) 

Movement #3 from Meditations de la Vierge Marie. (available as a single score or the complete trilogy)


Miles to Go Before I Sleep    by Larry Nickel


SATB   with piano   $2.35    CP 1452
(see the score while you listen)

Listen to the exquisite rendering of the classic Robert Frost poem - as sung by the West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir.


Miserere    by Kelly-Marie Murphy


SSAATTBB - cappella    $2.35    CP 1418 
(see the score while you listen)

“Have mercy” is the first thought in Psalm 51. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and create a right spirit within me.”  Kelly-Marie’s setting of the text is designed for accomplished choirs.  Allegri and Gorecki gave  classic renderings of this text.  Dr. Murphy’s setting is surely in their category of poignancy and excellence.

From the Canadian Chamber Choir Series, this piece is suitable for an accomplished choir.


Missa Brevis    by David Rosborough


SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1431   
(see the score while you listen)

Do you appreciate music that is of high calibre - attractive to the finest choirs - yet is accessible to high school and community choirs? Composer David has a firm grip on reality. This music is designed to make any choir sound great.

  1. 1)Kyrie  2) Sanctus  3) Agnus Dei  - all in 4 minutes and 30 seconds.  This music is written with intuitive voice leading and sweet spot vocal registers.


Mornin’ Train - arr. Larry Nickel


TTBB a cappella    $2.25    CP 1444 
  (view the score and listen here)

This is a very moving song with full rich harmonies.  The basses are featured! My three younger brothers and I sang this at Mom’s funeral.


Mountain, Sea and Sky    by Joanna Schwarz, arr. Larry Nickel


SATB    with piano and optional flute    $2.50    CP 1071     
(see the score while you listen)

The west coast of Canada - British Columbia - is beautiful beyond words. So Joanna needed music to convey the imagery. Give a listen to the quality recording.


My Cedar Canoe - Martha Hill Duncan


SA with piano    $2.25    CP 1425 
    (listen here and view the score)


Think of serenity - paddling a canoe on a quite lake. Perfect for young voices but also suitable for women’s choir.



Never Just a Dream   by  Mark Fenster, arr. Larry Nickel


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1390
(see the score while you listen)

Don’t you just love a great melody with meaningful lyrics to match? The Jubilate Vocal Ensemble premiered this choral arrangement in 2015 and it touched many hearts in the audience. Here is a poignant message of comfort and hope. Please give a listen.



Noël nouvelet   arr. Erica Phare-Bergh - Traditional French Carol
SSA with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1402
    (listen here and view the score)

This early 16th Century carol in Dorian mode is believed to be a New Year’s song as it includes not only the Nativity, but also a the visit from the Magi, which is associated with Epiphany on January 6. The most complete text that we have dates from the Bible des Noëls anciens, 1791, which has all 13 verses.



O lumière bienheureuse by Robert Ingari 


SATB  a cappella  $2.35    CP 1447
(see the score while you listen)

O most blessed light, fill the inmost heart of your faithful. Robert’s prayer really shines!


On Monday I Never Go to Work - Risky Encores #1  arr. James Fankhauser


SATB    $2.35    CP 1040 
(see the score while you listen)

.. on Tuesday I stays at home, on Wednesday I never feel inclined - work is the last thing on my mind. End your concert with a bang!


Paddy McGinty’s Goat   arr. Leslie Hewlett  


SATB    a cappella  $2.35    CP 1427
(see the score while you listen)

This is a FUNNY song. What a great way to warm up the audience!  This goat ruins a couple’s wedding night. Quick and witty - a folksong from the Maritimes!


The Pierless Bridge    by  Mark Sirett  


SATB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1294     
(see the score while you listen)

TTBB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1333

SSA    with piano    $2.35    CP 1332

settings for SSA and TBB are available upon request

Emily Dickinson explores the question of faith is this poignant poem and Mark gives her poetry a perfect gentle setting.



Quittez pasteurs   arr. Erica Phare-Bergh - Traditional French Carol


SA (two part) with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1421
    (listen here and view the score)

This is an SA arrangement of an old Flemish tune with the French text first appearing in the Recueil de noëls angevins (1874). Listen for the hint of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and a lot of open fifth bagpipe bourdons embedded in the accompaniment that give it a pastoral feel. This arrangement is part of Dr. Laurier Fagnan’s series entitled La série enchantée.



Riu Riu Chiu   arr. Erica Phare-Bergh - Traditional SpanishCarol


SAB a cappella with percussion  -  $2.35    CP 1123
    (listen here and view the score)
SA a cappella with recorder & percussion  -  $2.35    CP 1481
(listen here and view the score)

This well loved ancient Christmas melody really sparkles with Erica’s setting. Up tempo and easy to learn, your choir and audience will love it.


parts for recorder, triangle and djembé are available (no charge) upon request.



Le secret de Dieu by Marie-Claire Saindon
SSAA with keyboard or strings    $2.35    CP 1437    
(see the score while you listen) 

Movement #2 from Meditations de la Vierge Marie. (available as a single score or as the complete trilogy)


Shootin’ With Rasputin - Risky Encores #2    arr. James Fankhauser


SATB    $2.35    CP 1041 
(see the score while you listen)

The glorious days in the palace of the Czar.  End your concert with a rouser!


Sleep Now - by Matthew Emery


TTBB  a cappella  $2.35    CP 1415
(see the score while you listen)

SATB  a cappella  $2.35    CP 1416

Matthew chooses this texts carefully - in this case, a lovely poem by James Joyce. Comfort and rest - sleep.


Song of the Land    arr. Jeff Enns  


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1411 
(see the score while you listen)

Several song writers created this wonderful song: Brown, Emerson and Morrison.  Susan Aglukard brought it all to life and popularity with her spirited recording.  Now Jeff has created a setting that will be meaningful and great fun for any choir.


Star Light, Star Bright - Martha Hill Duncan


SSA  with piano    $2.35    CP 1426 
    (listen here and view the score)


Star light, star bright - first star I see tonight. This would really work at Christmas or at any time of year.




They Shall Not Grow Old    by Albert Greer


SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1413 
(see the score while you listen)

The famous poem by Laurence Binyon is given a heartfelt and convincing setting by Albert.  The music is intuitive and really approachable for choirs of all levels - a natural choice for Remembrance Day.


There Is No Rose    by Don Macdonald


SSATBB    $2.35   CP 1222 
(see the score while you listen)

SSAA    $2.35    CP 1106

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


This is My Home   by Bob Buckley and Brian Gibson


SATB with piano - $2.35  CP 1477  -
(see the score while you listen)

SAB with piano - $2.35  CP 1478

SSA with piano - $2.35  CP 1479

TBB with piano - $2.35  CP 1480

This rousing Canadian anthem has been heard far and wide on radio and television, at ceremonies, sports arenas and special events. It was premiered at the World Exposition (Vancouver) in 1986.  It’s been called the second Canadian National Anthem. With Canada’s 150th anniversary approaching this would be a perfect choice for any choir to celebrate the wonderful country we call home and all it has to offer.


Tomorrow is a Chance to Start over    by Hilary Grist, arr. Larry Nickel
SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1443 
(see the score while you listen)

Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over is a touching and optimistic piece about the beauty of second chances. Elegant harmonies bring the comforting message and transport the listener to a place of hope and redemption.


Tread Softly   by Benjamin Bolden, poem William Butler Yeats


SATB    $2.35    CP 1407
(see the score while you listen)

Winner of the Choral Canada Composition Award (Diane Loomer Award) and premiered by the Canadian National Youth Choir at Podium in 2016, Ben really hit the sweet spot of meaningful and beautiful music for mixed choirs. 


Vient le jour by Robert Ingari 


SATB  a cappella and cello    $2.50    CP 1414
(see the score while you listen)

This is some of Robert’s finest handiwork.


Voici mon secret  by George Chung


SATB   a cappella    $2.25    CP 1409  
(see the score while you listen)

A life affirming poem from “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. George is very skilled at writing intuitive and evocative voice leading.  This fresh composition really communicates.


Voila le pere Noel   arr. Erica Phare-Bergh     


SSA with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1432
    (listen here and view the score)

SATB with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1484

Mary Travers (known as “La Bolduc”) wrote mainly political and satirical songs, but also a number of New Year’s songs. However, this song is actually a Christmas song in which children are being admonished to go to bed early to ensure that when Santa arrives with his reindeer and gifts, he will be in a good mood. This arrangement is part of Dr. Laurier Fagnan’s series entitled La série enchantée.


Where the Coho Flash Silver    by Lloyd Arntzen,  arr. Larry Nickel 


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1442 
(see the score while you listen)

This was written for my father, Arnt, in 1971 for his 81st birthday, He was still a commercial fisherman operating a one man troller in the Strait of Georgia, now renamed The Salish Sea. The song describes a fabulous day of fishing out of Port Hardy back in the days when the salmon were still plentiful and as  the song says, literally, “ flashed silver all over the bay.” The song has been recorded at least eight times by various artists in Canada and the US after it was brought to the attention of folk music fans by my daughter, Holly.







 

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