New Music - 2017

 
 
Alléluia    by Kelly-Marie Murphy


SSAA - cappella    $2.35    CP 1529 
(see the score while you listen)

A joyful setting of the single word, Alléluia, with playful vocal percussion, this piece is suitable for advanced treble choirs.  Written for Ottawa’s l'Ensemble vocal sénior De La Salle, Robert Filion, chef de choeur, it was premiered in Edmonton at the Podium choral convention.


All Suddenly the Wind    by Allan Bevan
SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1490 
   (see the score while you listen)

Allan brings the Rupert Brooke poem to life with this exquisite setting. Winter breaks and with Spring comes hope. The metaphor for our lives is subtly apparent.


Alouette   arr. Michael Snelgrove  


SSA with piano    $2.50    CP 1535
    (see the score while you listen)

SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1536

Known the world over, this folksong is all about fun.  Perhaps not so fun for the bird being threatened to have feathers plucked from multiple parts of the anatomy!


Ambe   by Andrew Balfour 
SSATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1571 
  (see the score while you listen)

Choirs will love the rhythmic drive and energy of this meaningful composition.

The Ojibway text means “Come in, two-legged beings. Come in all people. There is good life here.”


AND EINSTEIN SAID    by Trent Worthington


These short pieces, based on quotes by Albert Einstein, demonstrate the wittiness of the scientist and the brilliance of the composer. One can purchase individual movements or the booklet containing all six vignettes. Listen to the great recordings - by Chronos Vocal Ensemble. Study the scores while you listen.

SATB $6.00 - CP 1491 - And Einstein Said - the COMPLETE collection


SATB $2.25 - CP 1492 - And Einstein Said #1 - “Two Ways to Live Your Life”

SATB $2.25 - CP 1493 - And Einstein Said #2 - “That’s Relativity”

SATB $2.25 - CP 1494 - And Einstein Said #3 - “My Idea of God”

SATB $2.25 - CP 1495 - And Einstein Said #4 - “The Unleashed Power of the Atom”

SATB $2.25 - CP 1496 - And Einstein Said #5 - “Everything That Can Be Counted”

SATB $2.25 - CP 1497 - And Einstein Said #6 - “The Simplest Way”



Arrow and the Song, the    by Stephanie Martin                                 


SATB  a cappella  $2.25    CP 1582 
(see the score while you listen)

“I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I know not where;”

You’ve heard the famous poem by H.W. Longfellow but you’ve never heard it rendered with such class. This is a golden nugget for choirs.


Ave Maris Stella    by Don Macdonald


SATB    $2.35  -  CP 1550 
(see the score while you listen)

This gorgeous composition . “Hail, Star of the Sea”, is among Macdonald’s finest with long phrases and lush harmonies. Give a listen and you’l be convinced!


Catch a Falling Star    by Peter Sicotte


SATB    a cappella    $2.35    CP 1454     
(see the score while you listen)

This gentle folk song brings to life William Campbell's short poem describing the fleeting beauty of autumn as it wanes toward winter.  Scored for SATB, Indian Summer features both men and women on the melody and an expressive 4-part a capella verse.  A nice lyrical addition to any Fall or Winter program.



Celtic Blessing   by Gail Poulsen, arr. Harris Loewen     


SATB with piano  -  $2.35    CP 1488
    (listen here and view the score)

The lyrics for this work expand upon the familiar Irish Blessing, with several new stanzas offering a wish for peace, joy, hope and love.  This arrangement includes a hint of gospel-style choral writing, and features Celtic-flavored instrumental parts.


Come Home    by Donna Rhodenizer


SATB with keyboard    $2.35  - CP 1549 
(see the score while you listen)

The lyrics of this song speak of the memories and the loved ones who make home a special place. Although, Donna’s beloved home province of Nova Scotia provided the inspiration for this song, no matter where we are, the call to return to our roots is a strong sentiment that resonates deep within us. Donna’s lyrical melody and three-dimensional harmonies are handled with finesse, creating beautiful textures with the vocal colours available from the SATB choir.


Come My Way    by Larry Nickel


SATB with piano   $2.35    CP 1566
(see the score while you listen)

Commissioned for the honour choir at Choral Canada’s big event - Podium - Larry chose the wonderful poem by George Herbert. This composition is full of hope and joy - and calypso rhythms enhance the text.


Comfort Me With Apples    by Gail Lund


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1531 
(see the score while you listen)

Is this the oldest love song ever written?  Inspired by the Song of Solomon this romantic song is very do-able by community choirs and your more experienced choir will love it.  There are nice echoes of the Sephardic tradition in the piano part that evoke the time and place of the lyrics.


Do Not Be Afraid   by Henry Boon 


SATB  a cappella or with keyboard $2.35    CP 1577
(see the score while you listen)

Imagine being visited by a glorious Angel - The Annunciation is the beginning of the Christmas story. Henry’s compositions have a timeless quality. He treats the story with genuine tenderness. Give a listen.  Choirs of all levels of ability will love this song.


EMILY CARR SUITE    by Brian Tate, text by Emily Carr    


Who knew that Canada’s famous artist was also good with words? Brian Tate’s setting is full of rhythmic energy. Purchase the music as the complete trilogy or choose individual movements; 4 options below.

#1 - Rise - from Emily Carr Suite


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1510  
   (see the score while you listen)

“Rise, quivering, to the treetops and to the sky - joyously.”


#2 - Rise - from Emily Carr Suite


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1509  
   (see the score while you listen)

“So still were the big woods - sound might not yet have been born.”


#3 - Rise - from Emily Carr Suite

  

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

“Life is sweeping through he spaces - out into the depth and wideness.”


#4 - Emily Carr Suite - the full trilogy

    

SATB with piano    $5.00    CP 1512  
   (see the score while you listen)


Évangéline   by Michel Conte, arr. Erica Phare-Bergh,


SATB with piano  -  $2.75    CP 1551
    (listen here and view the score)

Evangeline is an epic poem that was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1847. It describes the betrothal of a fictional Acadian girl named Évangéline Bellefontaine to her beloved, Gabriel Lajeunesse, and their separation when the British deported the Acadians from Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia, during the Bay of Fundy Campaign in 1755. The poem follows Evangeline as she spends years in search of Gabriel across America; sometimes she is near Gabriel without even realizing it. As an old woman, she works as a Sister of Mercy among the poor. While tending the dying during an epidemic, she finds Gabriel among the sick, and he sadly dies in her arms. The final verse of Michel Conte’s lyrics says, “Your name is more than Acadia…it stands for all those who, despite unhappiness, still believe in hope and love.”



Farewell to Nova Scotia    arr. by Wendy Nixon Stothert  
Canadian folk song


SSAA a cappella    $2.35    CP 1525 
    (see the score while you listen)

The arrangement of this timeless classic Canadian folksong was created for the Canadian Military Wives Choir in Comox, an ensemble of formidable women who originate from all parts of Canada, including Nova Scotia.     This song tells the story of a man who adores his homeland and family, but is being called away to war. The beckoning drums and the sound of the waves can be heard. There are solo or small group opportunities in this lilting, upbeat setting.


From the Air   by Earle Peach     


SATB a cappella  -  $2.35    CP 1506
    (listen here and view the score)

Earle shares a spiritual experience, looking down upon our beautiful green earth.  Lush harmonies, intuitive voice leading and sweet spot registers make this gorgeous composition perfect for choirs ranging from high school groups, community choirs, church choirs and also professional groups.  Listen to this performance by Vancouver’s Peace Choir directed by Dr. Timothy Corlis.   


Gabriel’s Message    arr. Gail Lund


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1111 
(see the score while you listen)

 This is the most famous and best-loved Basque carol about the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary by the archangel Gabriel that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ.  This arrangement contains interesting harmonies and accompaniment and will be a favourite of your choir.


Generous Land    by Carol Ann Weaver


SATB a cappella with piano    $2.35    CP 1548      
    (see the score while you listen)

With compelling melodies, counterpoint and infectious rhythms  Carol celebrates the wonderful land we are privileged to live in. This composition is suitable for high school and community choirs with user-friendly vocal registers and intuitive voice leading.  Yet, University and Chamber Choirs will also enjoy the challenge.


Gloria - from Missa Brevis for Three Voices    by Stephanie Martin                                


SAB    $2.25    CP 1579

TBB    $2.25    CP 1581

SSA    $2.25    CP 1580
(see the score while you listen)

One can order Gloria separately or order the complete Missa Brevis for Three Voices.

You will be amazed at how much beautiful music can come from three part vocal music, thanks to Martin’s compositional skills. Intuitive voice leading, plaintive evocative harmonies; there is so much a director can draw from the phrases and choirs of all levels of ability will love it.


Here and Gone: Hebron    by Stephen Hatfield 
                 


TTBB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1546    
(see the score while you listen)

SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1545

        "Here and Gone" is a tribute to Hebron, once a Moravian mission in Labrador and now The Hebron Project that drills for oil in the Jeanne d'Arc basin southeast of St. John's.  The story of Hebron encapsulates the tangle of good intentions and injustice, the hardship and sheer stamina behind the Canadian experience.  Set to music that evokes both a folk song and a ceremonial slow-march, "Here and Gone" is living history.

 



Holy, Holy is the Lord  by Harris Loewen


SSA with organ or piano    $2.25    CP 1554 
(see the score while you listen)

SB (two part) with organ or piano    $2.25    CP 1555

This setting of the text from Revelations can be used as an anthem, processional, or concert piece.  The stately work begins with an arpeggio melody in a 2-part canon, supported by an ostinato keyboard part.  The middle section introduces a unison melody that expands briefly to four parts before returning to the opening melody, now set in a 3-part canon.


I Am Leaving   by Miriam Sonstenes 


SAB a cappella    $2.25    CP 1560
    (see the score while you listen)

This composition is a reflection on the challenges of having family far away, and the visits which are so precious and never long enough. Miriam’s writing is simple and yet profound with heart felt nuance. It would make a lovely closing song to a concert.


I Am Song - Je suis chanson    by  Jean McKen     


SAB    with piano    $2.35     CP 1542  
(see the score while you listen)

SSA    with piano    $2.35     CP 1541

This award-winning song is an uplifting and unifying anthem. Through personification, the song and its singers embark upon a descriptive journey across Canada, while illustrating the important role music plays in peoples’ lives, and urging them to join in. Have a listen!


I Can See Clearly Now   by Johnny Nash, arr. Larry Nickel


SSAATBB    a cappella    $2.35    CP 1567
(see the score while you listen)

Bring down the house with this soul filled version of a classic song. Listen to this stirring performance.


J’appartiens (I Belong)    by France Levasseur-Ouimet  arr  Allan Bevan   NEW


SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1502
   (see the score while you listen)

SSA  with piano     $2.50    CP 1524


Regardless of colour or creed, we are all immigrants - one way or another - and we all belong. This stirring anthem goes straight to the heart.


J’entends le moulin   arr. Michael Snelgrove  


SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1534
    (see the score while you listen)

SSA with piano    $2.50    CP 1533

This piece is a real barn burning showstopper for a skilled pianist and a choir that that loves adrenaline pumping music. This Canadian folksong has been around for generations and Michael takes it to a new level of energy and FUN. The text is repetitive and easy for any choir to catch on to.


Johnnie Cope    arr. Mark Sirett  


SATB   with piano    $2.35    CP 1559     
(see the score while you listen)

The Scottish folk song gives an account from the Jacobite viewpoint of the Battle of Prestonpans. In the battle, which took place during the Second Jacobite uprising, Sir John Copewas the commander of the government troops, and was defeated in a dawn attack by the Jacobites.


The song includes several apocryphal incidents, including challenges conveyed by letters between Cope and his rival Bonnie Prince Charlie, as well as accurate accounts of Cope's cowardice. It also includes an account of him fleeing from the battle all the way back to Berwick, being the messenger of his own defeat, which is also true . The battle was a decisive victory for the Jacobites.



La belle se promène    arr Meghan Quinlan


SSAA    $2.35    CP 1527  
(see the score while you listen)

This Canadian folksong tells of the love between a beautiful women and her young sailor. Meghan gives a skillful and intriguing approach to the plaintive Acadian dorian melody.

watch this amazing performance on Youtube.



The Lake Isle of Innisfree    by Paul Aitken


SATB  - with piano    $2.35    CP 1556  
(see the score while you listen)

The classic poem by William Butler Yeats comes to life with Paul’s sensitive and joyful setting.


Leezie Lindsay    arr. Mark Sirett  


SATB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1558     
(see the score while you listen)

A highland Laird courts Leezie Lindsay in Edinburgh, sometimes after his mother had warned him not to hide his highland origins. Her family warns him off, but her maid encourages her. She finds the highlands hard, but finally he brings her to his family, where he is a lord, and makes her the lady of a great castle.



The Lesser Joys of Christmas    by Gail Lund


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1111 
(see the score while you listen) 

A light-hearted look at the “other” side of Christmas, including the stress of shopping, attending Christmas concerts and writing those terminally cheerful Christmas letters!  Delightful lyrics by Marion Woodson.


Love    by Rodney Sharman


SATB    a cappella    $2.25    CP 1518     
(see the score while you listen)

from the trilogy: Love, Beauty, Desire

FIRE, AIRE, EARTH, WATER,

all the opposites that strove in Chaos,

powrefull LOVE unites; 

And from their Discord drew this Harmonie,  -  poem by George Sandys (1577-1644)



May There Always Be Sunshine    arranged/composed - Larry Nickel


SATB   with piano   $2.35    CP 1547
(see the score while you listen)

This heartbreakingly beautiful little tune was “written” by a 4 year old Russian boy named Maya. Larry added his trademark harmonies and some new music to match the mood and endearing message.  This piece would make a poignant closer to any concert.


Mother Whale Lullaby    by Paul Winter, arr. Larry Nickel


SATB with piano and whale sound    $2.35    CP 1538     
(see the score while you listen)

This choral composition is derived from an instrumental composition by Paul Winter (seven time Grammy Award winner). The singing of a mother whale provides the motif.  Someone working an audio system plays the whale singing at timed intervals. This very unique song will dazzle your audience. Hearing is believing - give a listen.


My Prime of Youth    by Rodney Sharman


TBB    a cappella    $2.35    CP 1505     
(see the score while you listen)

My Prime of Youth is but a Frost of Cares - the poignant poem by Chidiock Tichborne (1586) This composition is designed for accomplished singers. You will be struck by Rodney’s creative use of dissonance and consonance, rendering ebb and flow to the text. Listen to this amazing recording.


Nakeestla    by Brian Tate                                  


SATB with percussion   $2.35    CP 1511     
    (see the score while you listen)

Nakeestla - (coming together to make things right). This composition strikes straight to the heart. The message and milieu are from a First Nation perspective.  Brian handles it with sincere sensitivity.


Out in the Fields with God    by  Wendell Glick 


SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1482   
(see the score while you listen)

Elizabeth Browning wrote the poem and Wendell Glick gave it an exquisite setting.


We all encounter the stresses of day to day living - which can often bring us down. But by keeping our faith we can find light in the darkness, hope in the midst of despair, love in the midst of hatred and success in the midst of failure. This composition expresses the inspiration we can receive from the nature God has created for us.




People Get Ready    arr. Scott Reimer


SATB a cappella    $2.35    - CP 1552
(see the score while you listen)

People Get Ready follows a long tradition of Black American freedom songs which use train imagery. The Rolling Stone magazine called it the 24th greatest song of all time. Choirs will loved singing Scott’s stirring arrangement.


Play Me a Rock n Roll Song   by Valdy  arr. Larry Nickel


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1400 
(see the score while you listen)

Imagine being booed off the stage by an audience that wants only Rock and Roll music. This was one of Valdy’s big hits, back in the 1970’s.  The message still rings true today.



REFLECTIONS OF CANADA - book one 
- 26 songs, unison, SA and SSA


REFLECTIONS OF CANADA - book two 
- 25 songs, SAB, SATB




Ride On, King Jesus    arr. Scott Reimer


SATB a cappella    $2.35    - CP 1553
(see the score while you listen)

This traditional spiritual is brought to new life with Scott’s youthful enthusiasm. The audience will not be able to sit still.


Singing, God Gives Me a Melody  by Harris Loewen


SATB with piano    $2.25    CP 1574 
(see the score while you listen)

This composition was first heard in coffeehouses, during the 1970’s. Harris created a real beauty - a song of praise - which is finally becoming know to choirs so many years later.


Singing, Life Gives Me a Melody  by Harris Loewen


SATB with piano    $2.25    CP 1573 
(see the score while you listen)

The act of singing is a wonderful way to lift the human spirit and promote loving interactions with the world.  This composition celebrates the joy of living.


SOLDIER’S CRY by Roland Majeau   arr. Trent Worthington


TTBB    $2.35  -  CP 1381  - American version for men  
    (see the score while you listen)

TTBB    $2.35  -  CP 1486  - Canadian version for men

SATB    $2.35   - CP 1384  - American version for mixed choir

SATB    $2.35  -  CP 1383 - Canadian version for mixed choir

SA with piano  $2.35 - CP 1565 -  
    (see the score while you listen)

Canadian version for treble choir (American version available upon request)

Thoughtful and provoking with tight harmonies, this is the perfect Remembrance Day anthem.


Squid Jiggin‘ Ground   arr. Michael Snelgrove  


SSA with piano    $2.50    CP 1539

SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1540
    (see the score while you listen)

Another up tempo and great fun Canadian folk song! “But a squid in the boat squirted right down his throat and he’s swearin’ like mad on the squid jiggin’ ground.”


song about forgetfulness    by Rodney Sharman


SATB    a cappella    $2.35    CP 1513     
(see the score while you listen)

This exquisite composition was premiered by a mass choir of youth.  Listen to the premiere recording.

The music reflects childhood and remembrance though musical "games": canons and double canons (rounds), invertible counterpoint (register exchange of identical music), and inversions (turning an ongoing melody upside down), and memory games: repetition, extension and variation. Bill Richardson's text asks us to think about forgetting as well remembering. Let us recall that Freud said that what we forget is much more interesting than what we remember.


THREE WINTER SONGS -   by Trent Worthington


SATB    $5.25    CP 1564  All three songs in one booklet.


#1 - Winter Bluejay (from Three Winter Songs)  - by Trent Worthington


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1561 
    (see the score while you listen)

“Crisply the bright snow whispered - crunching beneath our feet...”   Trent has set the Sara Teasdale poem for choir with elegance - and the piano player will love the challenge.


#2 - Winter Night (from Three Winter Songs)  - by Trent Worthington


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1562 
    (see the score while you listen)

“My window-pane is starred with frost, the world is bitter cold tonight... ”   This is the a cappella movement to the trilogy.


#3 - Snow Song (from Three Winter Songs)  - by Trent Worthington


SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1563 
    (see the score while you listen)

“Fairy snow blowing everywhere...”   The last movement to Trent’s trilogy sparkles like snowflakes.


Wake the Grain by Paul Suchan 


SATB with piano - optional strings    $2.50    CP 1405 
    (see the score while you listen)

SSA with piano - optional strings    $2.50    CP 1388

Have you ever seen a field of wheat moving like waves on the ocean under a gentle prairie breeze?

In this stimulating composition, early homesteaders plant seed on the prairies and watch a miraculous transformation.  poem by Douglas Elves.

One by one they step to the earth,

and hoping for prairie's birth,

plant blossom within the breath,

grow song.



Walk in the Wind  by Reg and Lynne Dickson


SATB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1544
    (listen here and view the score)


Since 1972 we have been walking the seawall in Davis Bay where there is always a lovely breeze and sometimes a mighty wind.  Many times we have played at the beach, flown kites, watched the birds and enjoyed the company of friends and neighbours. This song is inspired by these walks with our family and is the title track of the album “Walk In The Wind”, which was written and recorded to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis research in Canada.



Wau Bulan    by Tracy Wong


SA a cappella    $2.25    CP 1537 
    (see the score while you listen)

This classic and upbeat Malaysian folk song is about flying kites! It is usually sung while seated on the floor and while performing synchronized-choreographed movements and hand claps. This pentatonic melody can be adapted to suit choirs at all levels and makes for a colourful opening or closing of any concert.

watch this amazing performance on Youtube!


We Shall Remember  by Mishaal Surti  


SATB a cappella    $2.25    CP 1568 
    (see the score while you listen)

TTBB - available upon request

This lovely anthem would be perfect for Remembrance Day.


"Though memories fade, they live forever with us." - poem by Justin Zadorsky



Where Healing Waters Flow - by Matthew Emery


SATB  a cappella  $2.35    CP 1572
(see the score while you listen)

Serene choral music, full of prayerful pleading - to the lyrics of Paul Laurence Dunbar, a black man (b. 1872), who gave the world beautiful and meaningful poetry.


Winter Solstice    by Rodney Sharman


SATB    a cappella    $2.25    CP 1514     
(see the score while you listen)

“So dark, so cold, so lonely. The longest night, the briefest light.” Rodney’s composition captures the wonder and mystery.  Accomplished choirs with find this music challenging and satisfying.


Wondrous Story, The   by Henry Boon 


SATB    $2.25    CP 1576
(see the score while you listen)

A beautiful melody supported by sumptuous harmony and intuitive voice leading make this composition a quality option for your Christmas program.

 

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Please view the scores as you listen to good recordings

Mixed Choir, Men’s Choir and Treble Choir (colour coded)


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