PROFONDO – THE MARK SIRETT SERIES
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DR. MARK SIRETT is a prolific composer, choir director and choral music specialist. He is the co-editor and curator for this unique series. “Welcome to my collection of choral music for low voice choirs. Tenors, baritones and basses need excellent repertoire and here is my list of sure winners. My own choirs have delighted audiences with this music. Please follow the ‘look and listen’ links. You can listen to quality recordings as you read through the scores.” M.S.

read Mark’s biography here

After the War

by Gross and Keele, arr. Mark Sirett

TTBB with piano    –    CP 1378  – duration 4:35
SATB with piano    –    CP 1328
SSA with piano    –    CP 1326
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.

Instrumental parts – (optional and not available through retailers) – $20 (full set sent via PDF files): 
full score plus; oboe, flute, violin and double bass

All the Diamonds

by Bruce Cockburn,  arr. Larry Nickel

TBB with piano    –    CP 1286  – duration 2:45  
SATB with piano    –    CP 1273
SSA with piano    –    CP 1348  
Bruce Cockburn is one of Canada’s most beloved folk musicians. Rolling Stone magazine once called him Bob Dylan of the north. Larry Nickel has loved this song since the 1970‘s. 

The Cliffs of Dooneen

arr. Mark Sirett

TTBB with piano    –    CP 1889   – duration 4:05   
SATB with piano    –    CP 1164
SSA with piano    –    CP 1382
The Cliffs of Dooneen is a popular and haunting Irish folk song that extols the rugged beauty of the Atlantic coast. The final verse expresses longing for the homeland–a sentiment shared by many Irish immigrants during the nineteenth century when they were forced to leave for North America because of the Great Famine. This arrangement was written for Sister Rita Clare and the Cape Breton Chorale for the Celtic Colours Festival in 2008.  The SSA version is dedicated to Ann McIntyre, Conductor of the Edmonton Children’s Choir. 

Cotton Jenny

by Gordon Lightfoot, arr. Mark Sirett

TTBB with piano    –    CP 1790  – duration 3:20   
SATB with piano    –    CP 1787
Many singers and audience members will remember this delightful folk song by Lightfoot.  “Wheels of love go ’round!” Dr. Sirett has created an approachable type of “round” with his skillful writing. Great fun!

A Kind Heart

by Matthew Emery

TTBB with piano  –   CP 1570   – duration 4:20
SATB with piano  –   CP 1569
The beautiful and life affirming poem by Marjorie Pickthall is given a classy and poignant setting in the inimitable Emery style.

Farewell to Tarwathie

arr. Mark Sirett

TTBB with piano    –    CP 1876  – duration 3:30   
SATB with piano    –    CP 1357
SSA with piano    –    CP 1597
Hunting for whale off the coast of Greenland and the pain of separation – leaving loved ones across the sea. This is another effective folk song that will endear audiences.

I Dreamed of Rain

by Jan Garrett, arr. Larry Nickel

TTBB with piano    –    CP 1211  – duration 3:20
SATB with piano    –    CP 1182
SAB with piano    –    CP 1192
SSA with piano    –    CP 1193
“It had been a particularly hot dry year in 2002, and wild fires were raging across much of the western US. The political scene felt equally troubling and out-of-control to me. It was as if the whole world was on fire. In the midst of all this unrest, I began to have dreams of rain.” Jan Garrett. Choral composer, Larry Nickel, was captured by the beautiful simplicity of Jan’s song and set it for choir with approachable rich harmonies.

Jing-ga-lye-ya

by Bruce Sled  

TTBB a cappella        –    CP 1056  – duration 2:10
SATB a cappella        –    CP 1048
This piece has been an instant success for everyone who’s tried it. Using nonsense words, it is rhythmic and upbeat, and uses cyclical repetition in the parts creating an incredibly catchy groove! A must-see.

Pierless Bridge, the

by  Mark Sirett   

TTBB with piano    –    CP 1333  – duration 3:10
SATB with piano    –    CP 1294
SSA with piano    –    CP 1332
Emily Dickinson explores the question of faith is this poignant poem and Mark gives her poetry a perfect gentle setting. (a personal favourite of Dr. Larry Nickel)

Sparrow

by  Susan Crowe and Raylene Rankin, arranged by Mark Sirett

TTBB with piano and violin or flute    –    CP 1890  – duration 3:05   
SSA with piano and violin or flute    –    CP 1607
SATB with piano and violin or flute    –    CP 1610
violin part available upon request (no charge)

Little sparrow, still you fly
Still you gaze into the sky
Are you longing, do you yearn
For a tall tree to return?

What Child is This?

arr. Jonathan Quick

TTBB with piano and flute –    CP 1138   – duration 3:10
SATB with piano and flute  –    CP 1138

Jonathan’s lush arrangement of the traditional “Greensleeves” with a flowing piano part and lovely flute accompaniment. 

When Dawn Shines

by Mishaal Surti   

TTBB a cappella    –    CP 1299   – duration 2:05
SATB a cappella    –    CP 1346
This heartfelt piece of remembrance shares a message of hope and inspiration. With text by Canadian poet Justin Zadorsky, When Dawn Shines is a moving addition to any Men’s Chorus festival or concert program.

“When the sun shines, my spirit will renew its gladness.”

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