New for Men’s & Women’s Choirs for Fall Friday, August 31, 2012
As you prepare for your first concert of the school year, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you consider one of these outstanding selections for your women’s or men’s choir:
My Memory by Ruth Elaine Schram
Written in loving memory of her father and based on a cherished childhood memory, this original selection by Ruthie Schram is a tender and unique portrayal of love and loss. Lovely melodies adeptly illustrate poetic images of autumn’s bold and brilliant colors juxtaposed with the gray of winter. The addition of the optional bell part enhances the shimmering texture of this unforgettable piece.
What Is a Heart? by Victor C. Johnson
Victor Johnson offers a gorgeous and graceful setting of this most meaningful text, which poses the question “What is a heart? Silver or gold or precious stone, or a part of all these things?” An optional part for English horn or clarinet adds to the warmth and depth of this lush, emotive selection.
Without a Sound by Vicki Tucker Courtney
This beautiful and lyrical original work evokes an image of snowflakes falling “slowly and silently, without a sound.” Vicki Tucker Courtney’s colorful harmonies bring life to the imagery, creating a winter scene of mystery and beauty for all to enjoy!
Legacy by Z. Randall Stroope
Written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in 2013, this original musical celebration of freedom – the reality for some and the continued struggle for others – offers a powerful message of hope and peace. Bold and emotional choral writing help to convey the idea that the opportunity to follow life’s dreams is one of the greatest legacies that a civilization can leave.
Salaam Aleikum arr. Laura Farnell
This fabulous men’s piece can fit any size group. Written for unison, TB, TT or TTB, a cappella with optional keyboard and percussion, your boys will love singing “Peace be with you” in traditional African style. The exuberantly spoken “Ho-yahs!” throughout the piece provide a break from singing “Salaam
Aleikum,” the African text. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any concert or festival.
Stodola Pumpa arr. Mark Weston
With “Stodola Pumpa,” Mark Weston offers an updated treatment of this long-standing favorite Czech folk song. The rollicking tune, dynamic accompaniment, and invigorating text all combine to create an entertaining, accessible, and robust setting that will add a clever contrast to your concert or festival program.
For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for 2012, or contact us!