ALLELUIA - A Celebration of Life                       
                  Resources:  Unaccompanied SSAATTBB
                  Level of Difficulty:  Moderate  (3’ 5”)
                  Notes: Chordal, lyrical and rhythmic elements combine, ending with a jubilant climax.

AN ENGLISH REQUIEM 
Text                

                  Resources: SATB, soprano and alto solo with piano and tubular bell "e".
                  Level of Difficulty:  Moderate (13' 15")
                  Notes:   Six sections of a Requiem Mass in English translation.  This is an intimate and simple setting of        

                  sections with words of comfort from the Requiem Mass.  The tolling of a funeral bell is heard throughout.

BEATITUDES     Text
                  Resources: SATB. Although conceived as an unaccompanied piece I have included an optional supportive

                  piano part.
                  Level of Difficulty:  Moderately easy  (2' 40").
                  Notes:  The eight Beatitudes preceeding the Sermon on the Mount. Juxtaposition of chant-like and choral

                  segments with  gathering intensity.
                 
ENGLISH SONNETS    Text        

  When I have fears  (Poet: Keats)  (2'30")                                           
 
The world is too much with us  (Poet: Wordsworth)  (2' 20")        
                   Resources: Unaccompanied SATB.
                   Level of Difficulty:  Difficult
                   Notes: Composed in a modified serial style with approachable vocal tone rows.  May be sung separately.

                   These sonnets bring together two contemporary themes: the fear of dying before expressing important

                   thoughts or presenting personal artistic creations; and the dismay at how far society has strayed from nature

                   and the intense  desire to return to past days and beliefs.

FOLK SONG ARRANGEMENTS    Text        

  The Water is Wide  (1'  50")                                                               
 
The Ash Grove  (1'  50")                                                                      
 
Simple Gifts  (1'  30")                                                                            
                    Resources: Unaccompanied SATB. All three are also arranged for SSA chorus.
                    Level of Difficulty:  Moderately Easy.
                    Notes:  New settings of traditional English and American folk songs.

KEEP US SAFE O LORD    Text
                    Resources: Unaccompanied SATB.
                    Level of Difficulty:  Moderately easy (2' 45").
                    Notes: These excerpts from the Psalms were indicated by pencil markings in the margins of my

                    grandmother's Bible and became her prayers as the flu epidemic of 1918 ravaged her town and threatened

                    her and her two young children.

LOVE SONG  Text
                   Resources:  Unaccompanied TTBB.
                   Level of Difficulty:  Moderate  (3’ 20").
                   Notes:  Metaphysical love poem by Martin Chambers.

MEDITATION   
                   Resources: Unaccompanied SATB.
                   Level of Difficulty:  Moderate (3' 35").
                   Notes:  Sung with an open hum or on the u: vowel. A gentle, quiet weaving of voices.

OSCAR WILDE AMERICAN MINIATURES   Texts
      
Of Course America  (50")
      
In America  (46")
      
They say (46")
                    Resources:  Unaccompanied SATB.
                    Level of Difficulty:  Moderately easy.                        
                    Notes: Humorous, satirical and somewhat cynical settings of Oscar Wilde’s terse epigrams. Sung together as

                    a group by a rather recalcitrant choir, these short pieces bring in well-known American, English, and French

                    musical quotations .

PRELUDEUM    
                     Resources:  Unaccompanied SATB.
                     Level of Difficulty:  Moderate (1’ 08”).
                     Notes:  Sung on various vowels chosen by the director. A short soundscape which may also serve as an
                     introductory piece for a concert program.

PUPPY DOG 'TAILS' NEW   Text
                     Resources:  Voices 1 & 2, piano                              
                     Level of Difficulty: Easy
                     Notes:  For children's chorus.  On a poem by JoJo Bean

SILENCE   Text                       

                    Resources:  Unaccompanied SATB.
                    Level of Difficulty:  Moderate, (1’ 43”).
                    Notes:  Poem by John Hall Wheelock. A study of 4th's in this setting of a somewhat metaphysical poem.

SONGS OF TRAVEL                                                                  
     
The Vagabond  TTBB  (3' 20")   Text
     
Bright is the ring of words  SATB  (1' 35")   Text       

      Let Beauty Awake  SATB (1' 38")  Text
     
The Infinite Shining Heavens  SATB  (2' 30")  Text       

      In Dreams  SSAA   (3')  Text      

      I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope  SATB  (1' 52") Text
                    Resources:  Unaccompanied SATB, SSAA and TTBB chorus.
                    Level of Difficulty:  Moderate.
                    Notes:  Chosen from my favorite Songs of Travel poems by Robert Louis Stevenson.  These songs can be sung

                    as a group in the order listed above or separately.

THE DIVINE IMAGE  Text
                    Resources:  Unaccompanied SATB
                    Level of Difficulty:  Moderate
                    Notes:  Poem by William Blake from his Songs of Innocence and Experience.  Blake believes that Mercy,

                    Pity, Peace and Love create the image of God in all mankind and unify humanity with what is divine or

                    godly. Music is based on the hymn tune Old Hundredth.

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Text
                     Resources: Speaker and unaccompanied SSA advanced youth choir or women's chorus. (Piano optional)
                     Level of Difficulty: Moderate  (4' 40").
                     Notes:  A fun programatic setting of a Christmas favorite, with some special effects .

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