Score Library – Chorus

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Composer Theresa Wong

Xenoglossia

For Chorus with recorded track.  Duration: 6:15.

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A soundtrack to Jonathon Keats’ travel documentary for plants, ‘Strange Skies

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Composer Geoffrey Gordon

Four Preludes

For SATB, Strings and Piano. Duration: 7:00

*a CSIC commission



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The strings, keyboard and choir are in full partner in this piece inspired by the poem, “Preludes” by T.S. Eliot. The strings in particular execute a number of extended techniques—from sul ponticello and sul tasto, to Bartok pizzicato, natural and artificial harmonics to double and triple stops to thrown bows and expressive glissandi—in an effort to further underline this magnificent text. Over the course of seven minutes, “Four Preludes” attempts to capture the beauty and power of this poetry, from the dramatic opening measures to the quietly expressive conclusion. “An infinitely gentle, infinitely suffering thing…”

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Composer Dale Trumbore

Flare

For SSAA A Cappella. Duration 3:30



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Commissioned by the 2012 ACDA Women’s Choir R&S Commissioning Consortium, the entire piece drives toward the last line of the Stacy Gnall poem “big brother, I am catching up to you.” One long, rhythmic race, this selection will be a wonderful contrast to much of the repertoire often included in women’s choral concerts.

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Composer Guillermo Galindo

Trade Routes

For Orchestra and Choir. Duration: 25:00



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This work for full orchestra, choir and spoken word represents a tour around a city in the United States and its diverse neighborhoods. Each section of the piece corresponds to a different neighborhood such Latino, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern, etc. The piece ends at night when a Vietnamese store owner closes shop and the streets become quiet. 

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Composer Christopher Tin

Baba Yetu

For SSATTB with optional orchestra. Duration 3:30.

Currently one of the most popular contemporary choral pieces, “Baba Yetu” is the Grammy-winning theme song from the video game “Civilization IV.”



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Composer Jake Runestad

I Will Lift Mine Eyes

For SATB. Duration: 4:00



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Finding peace in the splendor of the natural world, Mr. Runestad captured that serenity with this work. He carefully shaped the melodic lines to mimic that of a mountainous landscape and the tone colors to the bold hues of where the hills meet the sky.

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Composer Rich Campbell

Coney Island

For a cappella SATB choir. Duration 4:00

Often described as haunting, “Coney Island” is a poem written by Pulitzer prize winning American poet Sara Teasdale (1884-1933). To achieve this haunting feeling, two melodic fragments are heard in the opening measures of the soprano part and immediately inverted or mirrored by the basses. The first fragment is built on seconds and returns in triplets in the second half. The other fragment, written in larger intervals, reappears, augmented, in the bass section, then in counterpoint near the end.



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Composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky

Harvey Milk a Cantata

For SATB and Piano. Duration: 19:00



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Susan Goldstein, City Archivist of San Francisco, gave Conductor and Artistic Director William Sauerland full access to Milk’s original papers, which yielded texts that have never been published before. Sauerland’s research was assisted by Tim Wilson, the archivist of the Harvey Milk collection. Texts were compiled and edited by Sauerland and composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky. The final cantata text is entirely by Milk, culled from both well-known speeches as well as rare documents. The Estate of Harvey Milk granted special permission for the use of these texts. 

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Composer Ruth Elaine Schram

Face of Courage

For SSA Accompanied. Duration: 4:00



*a CSIC commission

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Poetic, significant, and memorable, “Face of Courage” is a winsome and energizing piece for students and audiences alike. The storyline incorporates individual lines of text and a melodic motif that the students and composer created together.

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Composer Marcus Shelby

Shakespeare and the Blues: Twelfth Night Suite

For SSAA Accompanied. Duration: 7:00

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This three suite piece is based on the text of three Shakespeare sonnets from the play “Twelfth Night”.  The 1st section (Sonnet 8) is a ballad. The 2nd section (Come Away Death) is a blues. The final section (Festes finale) is a gospel feel. 

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Composer Lucas Floyd

The Christ Child Lay (a Christmas Carol)

For SATB, oboe and finger cymbals. Duration: 3:37



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G.K. Chesterton wrote his poem “A Christmas Carol” in 1900, and in 2012 I wrote my own Christmas carol, setting his text. I revised the piece in 2013 while studying with the great choral composer Conrad Susa. A strophic dorian melody seemed to fit the timeless mood of the poem. Finger cymbals give each verse a sparkle, and a shepherding oboe line weaves between the verses, finally joining the choir for the last stanza.

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Composer Winton White

Zui Zui

For SATB. Duration: 2:45



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A fantastic piece that utilizes not only sung notes but also sounds and effects, this a cappella piece captures your attention from the start and never lets go. An old Japanese children’s folk melody, the exact meaning of the words are still under debate, though that is the mystery of children’s folk songs. This piece is the first selection for the new Magen Solomon Choral Series. Excellent for high school, college and community choirs.

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