THE CANADIAN CHAMBER CHOIR SERIES
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Noted choral specialist, Dr. Julia Davids, is the co-editor and curator for this special Canadian choral series:  “Welcome to our collection of choral music which offers a worthwhile challenge to fine mixed choirs. My own choirs have delighted audiences with this music. Please click on the audio links below. You can listen to quality recordings as you read through the scores.” J.D.

read Julia’s biography 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  duration – 20:50
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”

Chanson d’automne

by Robert Ingari  

SATB  a cappella    $2.25    CP 1189  duration – 2:00
Chanson d’automne is the beautiful sister piece to “Soleils couchants” .  Robert has given evocative impressionistic settings to the Paul Verlaine poetry.  The Vancouver Chamber Choir toured with these two pieces in 2012. 

I Asked of God

by Emily Walker

SATB a cappella    $2.35    CP 1417  duration – 7:45
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  duration – 4:50
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.

In Paradisum

by Kathleen Allan

SSAATB a cappella  $2.35    CP 1274  duration – 5:15
About this piece, Kathleen Allan writes: “In Paradisum was premiered by the UBC University Singers on their 2008 United Kingdom tour. A highly personal work, it was written during my first year in Vancouver and was inspired by my first encounters with the beautiful Pacific coast. Having grown up in a harsher coastal climate on the edge of the Atlantic ocean, I was struck by the calmness and serenity of Vancouver’s seaside. I was inspired to write a poem in honour of my grandfather, an amateur sailor and photographer, who at the time was beginning to succumb to his chronic lung disease in St. John’s. Writing the poem and setting it to music helped me to reconcile the distance between my homes on two coasts, and allowed me to musically express my awe at natural beauty, my grappling with transitions, life and loss, and the profound sense of hope the ocean, regardless of coast, represented to me.”

Litany

by Jeff Enns

SATB a cappella  $2.25   CP 1177  duration – 2:45
Rich harmonic sonorities permeate this piece – painting the poem by Phineas Fletcher (1582–1650).  The music  – with intuitive voice leading – is approachable for most mixed choirs.  Very fine groups have already performed Litany – including DaCapo Chamber Choir and the Canadian Chamber Choir. Appropriate for the church or the concert stage

love is more thicker than forget

by Brad Richmond

SATB a cappella    $2.35    – CP 1632  duration – 3:15
Evocative shimmering harmonies and nice long vocal lines in sweet spot registers bring this ee cummings classic poem to life.

The Lover's Chant

by Matthew Emery

SATB  a cappella  $2.35   CP 1290  duration – 2:10
They say cream rises to the top and Matthew won the ACCC Diane Loomer award with this choral gem – a beautiful setting of the James Joyce poem. Directors and singers will appreciate the intuitive voice leading, long phrases and meaningful text. 

The Maple

by Garrett Krause

SATB  a cappella    $2.35    CP 1613  duration – 4:30
This composition is written for accomplished choirs.  Listen to the presentation by the Canadian Chamber Choir. 
Nature lovers will appreciate this tribute to the maple tree – one of the true beauties in the forest.

 

Miserere

by Kelly-Marie Murphy

SSAATTBB – cappella – $2.35    CP 1418  duration – 4:25
“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.

She's Like the Swallow

arr. Jeff Enns   

SATB a cappella $2.35   CP 1276  duration – 3:50   
This timeless Canadian folk song is arranged for advanced choirs.  Full lush chords bring the text to life.
This composition was chosen to be the first entry into the Canadian Chamber Choir Series.

Soleils couchants

by Robert Ingari  

SATB  a cappella    $2.35    CP 1168  duration – 2:00
SSAA  a cappella    $2.35    CP 1588  duration – 2:00
Soleils couchants is a four-part a cappella setting of one of Paul Verlaine’s most famous poems from the collection Poèmes saturiens published in 1866. In his setting of this poem, Robert Ingari uses a simple form where the alto melody accompanied by a vocal ostinato in the soprano, tenor and bass alternates with a four-part section where the melody is taken by the sopranos. The rhythmic repetition of the ostinatocreates a background for the melancholic melody of the altos.    

Song of the Land

arr. Jeff Enns   

SATB with piano  $2.35   CP 1411  duration – 4:45   
SSA with piano  $2.35   CP 1634 
Several song writers created this wonderful song: Brown, Emerson and Morrison.  Susan Aglukark 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.

The Song My Paddle Sings

by Matthew Emery

SATB  a cappella  $2.35   CP 1304  duration – 3:55
SSAA  a cappella  $2.35   CP 1375 
The famous poem by E. Pauline Johnson comes to life with Matthew’s fine choral inclinations. If you’ve ever paddled a canoe – and even if you’ve only seen a mountain lake – you’ll love this poignant composition.

Songs are Thoughts

by Lavinia Kell Parker

SSAATB    $2.50    CP 1311  duration – 7:45
Songs Are Thoughts was selected to be part of the Canadian Chamber Choir Series. This work, winner of the 2010 ACCC Choral Composition Competition for Original Composition, addresses the nature of music and the potential it creates within us. Inuit inspired rhythmic motives juxtaposed with flowing melodic lines mirror the text in both English and Inuktitut.  Written for a fine choir and a skilled piano player, Songs Are Thoughts can be deeply moving.  The piece can be characterized by Orpingalik’s poignant words: 
Songs are thoughts, sung out with breath when people are moved by great forces and ordinary speech no longer suffices. . . .
I sing as I draw breath.

Sonnez les Cloches (Frères Jacques)

arr. by Timothy Corlis

SATB – a cappella  $2.35   CP 1277  duration – 2:15
SSAA – a cappella  $2.35   CP 1716
Never has this simple delightful folk song received such sophisticated treatment. It would be impossible to sleep through this one!

Sonnez les Cloches is a fun twist on the children’s song Frère Jacques. The choir begins with the familiar nursery rhyme and then sounds the bells of Matins with an extended bell ringing session on the words “din dan don!” The piece was commission by the Vancouver Chamber Choir and is dedicated to Michiko Asami, the Canada Friendship Association and the people of Shunan in grateful memory of the choir’s collaboration during their tour of Japan in the autumn of 200

Tabula Rasa

by Don Macdonald

SATB (with divisi) – $2.35  –  CP 1169  duration – 3:40
Tabula Rasa  – This Latin phrase translates as “Blank Slate” in English.  The composer had a specific image in mind when composing this music. A quiet moment between a mother and child when the mother sees, as she has never seen, the potential of the precious life she holds in her arms. A silent acknowledgement of her child and every child as a “blank slate” with seemingly limitless potential.

This emotionally uplifting work relies on gentle dissonances that ebb and flow with the Spanish text. It has been performed by youth choirs as well as professional ensembles and would make a great choice for festival competition. TABULA RASA was the winning composition of the 2010 DaCapo Chamber Choir NewWorks competition.

Tread Softly

by Benjamin Bolden, poem William Butler Yeats

SATB a cappella  $2.35   CP 1407  duration – 3:30
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.