PROFONDO – THE MARK SIRETT SERIES
quality music for low voices
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.
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.
Christmas in Carrick
arr. Mark Sirett
SATB a cappella with violin and spoons – CP 1912 – duration 2:05
SSA a cappella with violin and spoons – CP 1921
TBB a cappella with violin and spoons – CP 1920
Who cares if we work tomorrow?
Now’s the time to spread good cheer!
Pass the punch around the table!
Christmas comes but once a year!
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.
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!
by Robbie Smith, arr. Larry Nickel
SATB with piano – CP 1996 – duration 4:35.
TBB with piano – CP 2004
SSA available upon request
I yearned to feel the ocean’s roll,
I was always the seafaring kind.
But too many storms have taken their toll,
and all that remains on my mind –
Is dry land, dry land –
It’s been seven fortnights since we raised the sail.
All hands, dry land –
We’ve slipped from the grip of a force seven gale to dry land.
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.
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)
arr. Terry Hurrell
TTBB – a cappella – CP 1905 – duration 3:25
Gorgeous and approachable, men’s choirs will love this arrangement. Listen to the lovely recording by Nova Voce. Note that the listening page includes a pronunciation guide.
arr. Terry Hurrell
TTBB – with piano – CP 1905 – duration 3:45
Men’s choirs will enjoy this medley of an energetic Scottish war song (Scots Wha Hae, with raucous bagpipe imitation and a wide range of dynamics, followed by a quiet lilting taste of the Skye Boat Song. Interest at the end is maintained by a meeting of the clans, using partner songs: Will Ye No Come Back Again? and Scotland the Brave, each sung by different parts of the choir, as two clans come together from neighbouring glens. The coda is a pianissimo invitation to visit Scotland again.
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?
We Rise Again
by Leon Dubinsky
arr. Stephen Smith
TTBB with piano – CP 1136 duration – 4:00
SSAA with piano – CP 1143
SATB with piano – CP 1141
Leon Dubinsky’s well known coal miners song was made popular by the Rankins, and this arrangement by Stephen Smith has been sung throughout Canada and the US by the men’s choir, Chor Leoni. (click listen) A great crowd pleaser, this accessible version tugs at the heart strings of all who see children as our hope for the future.
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.”