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        Title Description Composer Voicing

        Island Songs – Monkey and Turtle

        #MM 0811a (treble)/ MM0409a (SATB)

        A humorous look at the monkey and turtle who go looking for bananas and get shot! Suitable for children of all ages! Only available within the collection of Island Songs.

        The SATB version is for unaccompanied choir. The treble version  has a piano accompaniment.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)

        Island Songs – Morning Tide

        #MM 0811c (treble)/ MM0409c (SATB)

        An easy but effective strophic song emphasizing community. “Come my brother, come my friend, wait, wait in the deep”.

        The SATB version is for unaccompanied choir. The treble version  has a piano accompaniment.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)

        Island Songs – Trade Winds

        #MM 0811b (treble)/ MM0409b (SATB)

        A beautiful song of travel and love. This is a lovely arrangement of a Torres Strait Island song. Only available within the collection of Island Songs.

        The SATB version is for unaccompanied choir. The treble version  has a piano accompaniment.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)

        Jingle Bells

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        Add to your Christmas Carolling with this light-hearted arrangement.

        Kumbargung

        #MM 0902

        One of the easiest and most immediately appealing from Stephen Leek’s In Construction series. It is suitable for singers of all ages and uses indigenous Australian words that are spoken in rhythm at various pitch levels. “Kumbargung” means “night” and other evocative words include “ungi gungi” (grasshopper) and “goolay yali” (pelican). A delight for all ages!

        Lament

        #MM2020

        SATB divisi choir a cappella or accompanied (by optional Tubular bell & String Orchestra). Originally part of a 30 minutes work Childers Shining which helped bring healing to a community after a fire tragedy caused the loss of 15 lives, this work was written to bring healing, transformation and upliftment.

         

        Lament (MM2020) SATB divisi a cappella or accompanied.
        Recording:  from ‘Childers Shining’~ music by Sarah Hopkins
        Performed by massed community choir with the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra conducted by Robert Rotar.
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        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

        Lamentation of Jeremiah (from Three Motets after Victoria)

        #MM2034(b)

        The second of Joseph Twist’s “Victoria Triptych” this piece quotes from Victoria’s Lamentation, adding new modern elements clothed in a rich, plaintive harmonic language. Suitable for concert and liturgical use, and making musical references to Victoria’s Lamentations throughout.

        Available in the set of Three Motets after Victoria – not available singly.

        Leave Her Johnny

        #MM 1002

        An arrangement of a folk song about sailors and the sea.

        Lo, There Is Light!

        #MM 2042

         

        Combines the text of Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning with two verses of Australian bush poet “Banjo” Paterson’s Sunrise on the Coast. Excellent Christmas piece. This work was commissioned in 1996 by The Harvard University Choir.

        Losing the Plot

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        A collection of four pieces for treble voices and piano.

        1. Talking to My Shoe

        2. Underpants Anthem

        3. La-La Land

        4. Lost the Plot

        Composer Paul Stanhope writes:

        Losing the Plot is a collection of songs for children’s voices and piano with texts by Michael Leunig. They were written as a follow up to my earlier cycle of Leunig pieces called Songs of Innocence and Joy for treble voices and chamber orchestra.

        The first of these pieces, Talking to My Shoe was commissioned and premiered by the Sydney Children’s Choir as part of their 15th anniversary in 2004. The remaining three songs in the cycle were commissioned by the Network of Treble Ensembles (NoTE) which includes Brisbane Biralee Voices, Gondwana Voices,Young Adelaide Voices and Young Voices of Melbourne. All the songs in this set are tinged with an exuberant sense of the absurd, but as usual with Leunig’s texts, there are many layers of meaning and often twists in the tale.

        The songs are written for upper-primary to high-school aged treble voices mostly in unison and two parts. In two songs—Talking to My Shoe and La–La Land—the choir splits into three parts, but only in a couple of short passages. A more difficult version of this piece also exists with the voices divided into three parts.

        Permission should be sought from Penguin Books Australia before re-printing any of the texts.

        The recordings are by the Australian Boys Choir conducted by Noel Ancell.

        Lux Aeterna

        #MM 2060

         

        Though written in an advanced idiom, this work was commissioned and first performed by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale, a high school choir. The composer writes “musically, this work has been much influenced by Renaissance choral music…my aim above all things was to draw upon a tradition of writing that is solemn, richly spiritual but ultimately life-affirming”.

        The sound file was recorded by the Sydney Chamber Choir, conducted by the composer, and from a CD released through ABC Classics. Lux aeterna is recorded on the Sydney Chamber Choir CD Songs for the Shadowland.

         

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        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

        My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

        #MM 0603

        David Koering has get this traditional hymn in a somewhat “colonial” style, reflecting the origins of the beautiful melody.

        Myoon-Myoon

        #MM 0909

        The second of the Ancient Cries set, this introspective slow work in 5/8 allows a choir to showcase a beautiful tone. The title means “red earth” and evokes the landscape of Australia’s geographical center.

        Ngana

        #MM0405

        Stephen Leek’s famous work from Songs of Passage. “Ngana” means “shark” and the piece strikingly captures the driving energies, rhythms and vivid colors of the island seascape found around the northeastern tip of Australia. Ngana was commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St. Peters Chorale.

        Ngana

        #MM0912

        The treble version of Stephen Leek’s famous work from Songs of Passage. “Ngana” means “shark” and the piece strikingly captures the driving energies, rhythms and vivid colors of the island seascape found around the north-eastern tip of Australia.

        The recording is by Young Voices of Melbourne, directed by Mark O’Leary.

        Ngayulyul

        #MM 0411

        Pronounced “ungahyulyul” meaning “hawk dreaming”. The text reflects the thoughts of the sheep farmer herding his sheep, ever aware of the hawk circling overhead. The second of Stephen Leek’s Songs of Passage, this is a highly evocative and beautiful composition using easy but effective modern compositional techniques. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale.

        O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

        #MM 0601

        Suitable for college or church choir. A strophic setting that builds to an exciting climax. Appropriate for Advent or Christmas use.

        This setting captures the sense of longing that can be found in the text.

        On The Night Train

        #MM2032
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        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

        Once I Had A Sweetheart

        #MM 1005

        An Australian interpretation of a traditional English folksong. Appropriate for various groups but particularly suitable for women’s voices. SSAA unaccompanied.

        The demonstration recording is:
        Once I Had A Sweetheart, trad. arranged Mark Puddy: Perth Modern School (Western Australia) Schola Cantori conducted by Celia Christmass, 2006

        Past Life Melodies

        #MM 2003

        Australia’s most iconic choral work to date, and featured on the Hollywood film Boychoir. This version is for SA divisi choir a cappella. MM2004 uses the treble voice version of the score for choir and an accompaniment for celli only.

        Commissioned (in the SATB version) for Graeme Morton’s high school choir, the work can be performed by choirs of modest training, and yet has made it all the way to Chanticleer, and other professional groups, such is its broad appeal.

        Accompaniment available for Full Orchestra or Concert Band, String Orchestra or Cello Ensemble.

        ORDER NOW from http://musical-resources.com/morton-choral-music-from-australia/

        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

        Recording by The American Boychoir · Fernando Malvar-Ruiz · Sarah Hopkins

        Past Life Melodies (SATB)

        #MM2001

        Australia’s most iconic choral work to date, and featured on the Hollywood film Boychoir. This version is for SATB divisi choir a cappella. MM2003 is a treble version and MM2004 uses the treble voice version of the score for choir and an accompaniment for celli only.

        The work distinctively features Harmonic Overtone Singing. A rehearsal guide to Past Life Melodies, also available through Morton Music, shows you how to teach this technique to your choir.

        Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s high school choir, the work can be performed by choirs of modest training, and yet has made it all the way to Chanticleer, and other professional groups, such is its broad appeal.

        Accompaniment available for Full Orchestra or Concert Band, String Orchestra or Cello Ensemble.

        ORDER NOW from http://musical-resources.com/morton-choral-music-from-australia/
        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

        Psalm 84 – How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place

        #MM 0652

        Geoffrey Cox’s setting alternates newly-composed unison accompanied plainsong with a cappella material from the English Renaissance.  It can be used liturgically for the responsorial psalm or as an anthem.

        Rain Dream

        #MM2033

        A highly imaginative choral piece for SSAA choir and piano. In it a young child who lives in the dry central Australian outback and has never seen rain dreams of what it would like to be in a thunderstorm. The work eventually becomes a sort of rain dance with chanting of “Wandjina”, an Australian Aboriginal rain spirit.

         

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        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

        Rainbird

        #MM 0908

        The first of the Ancient Cries set; Rainbird begins with a dramatic and evocative piano introduction and includes some Australian aboriginal words as well as aleatoric sounds.

        Rehearsing And Performing Past Life Melodies

        #MM 2008

        This seven page compendium of information and resources helpful to choir directors, choristers and music students. Much of the material in this booklet is different from that in the CD. There is biographical information, a discussion on the process of composition and suggestions for rehearsal. It includes information on Sarah’s compositional process, Rehearsal suggestions, frequently given feedback to Choirs plus bio info.

         

        Return To Joy

        #MM 2007

        A  short song by Sarah Hopkins in a vibrant, joyful style. This is a combined score that can be used by either treble or mixed voices. The work divides into seven parts but many parts use sustained single tones so a choir of reasonable ability can perform the work. SA or SATB a cappella (or accompanied by any treble ensemble).

        Return to Joy (MM2007) ~ SA or SATB divisi a cappella
        Recording :”Honour the Earth” CD published by Sarah Hopkins

        Performed by Canticum conducted by Emily Cox.

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        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

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        Riawanna

        #MM 0903

        “Riawanna” is an Australian native word for “circles” and the piece is a do-it-yourself round with thousands of possibilities. It includes mixed meters. The final instruction in the accompanying notes says it all: “have fun”.

        The sound file is by Eltham East Primary School Choir’s CD Sea Shapes, conducted by Anne Williams.

        Sarah Hopkins Rehearses Past Life Melodies

        #MM 3001

        This seventy minute CD includes spoken commentary from Sarah Hopkins as she rehearses Past Life Melodies with St Peters Chorale and we also hear inspiring performances of the full piece. This is a marvelous resource which has the composer’s stamp of authority!

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        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

        Simple Gifts

        #MM 0911

        A four-part arrangement for treble voices of the traditional American folk song that concludes with the most magical and ethereal sounds!

        Sing Out!

        #MM1511

        Sing Out! was commissioned for Australian Society of Music Education Conference 2005 as the opening massed work. It is a short, fun, rhythmic piece to be sung ‘with joy’.

        Sky Song

        #MM 1502

        The composer arranged the text using both his own verses in English and traditional Australian words. The latter have a sonorous quality and also match the theme of the song. The result is a work with a distinct Australian flavour which paints a visual image of the Australian outback. SSAA unaccompanied.

        South Australia

        #MM 0403

        A robust arrangement which includes two versions of an Australian sea shanty. The composer also sanctions a cappella performances.

        St Stephen’s Mass

        #MM607

        A unison mass in English. Suitable for congregational use, or for unison choir.

         

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        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

        Tabulam

        #MM 0414

        Another in the Songs of Passage set, “tabulam” means “my home”. This song captures the energy and life of music-making from the north of Australia where part-singing is joyous, spontaneous and often improvised. The writing is lush, rich and repetitive. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale.

        The Springtime it Brings on the Shearing

        #MM1016

        A lyrical and charming Australian folksong set for SATB choir and piano. This is a simple arrangement that brings out the grace and charm of the melody. The score gives and explanation of all the Australian slang in the song, arising as it does from the Australian colonial period and the vast sheep-raising properties that were characteristic of this history.

        This song makes a great contrast with Bullocky-O, also arranged by Graeme Morton.

         

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        or in Australia from Hal Leonard Australia (wholesale) VIA YOUR PREFERRED SUPPLIER.

        The Traveller

        #MM 1013

        A humorous song for young singers with references to unusually named and strange sounding Australian towns such as Burrumbeet, Beetaloo and Gundagai. The performance is from the National Youth Choir of Australia directed by Noel Ancell.

        This Joyful Eastertide

        #MM 0607

        This is the ultimate in a flexible edition! Unison, SAA, TBB and SATB choirs can sing the music from this copy. Based on the old Dutch carol, McKinley’s accompaniment fairly bowls along in a quasi-Baroque style. An excellent addition to the sacred Easter repertoire for any choir.

        Three Australian Bush Songs

        #MM 2061c

        This wonderful piece portrays three phases of the day: Sunrise, emerging in the stillness of the dawn, Birds, reflecting the vitality of the noonday, and the vibrant bird calls in the “Australian) bush, and Sunset, where the conclusion to the set of songs is a slow chordal diminuendo as the sun sets. Each movement can be performed separately.

        Three Carols

        #MM 0502

        Three simple carols for women’s or children’s choir using the medieval texts Terly Terlow, When Crist Was Born of Mary Free and I Sing of a Maiden.

        Three Carols – I Sing of a Maiden

        #MM 0502c

        This one page piece is a hauntingly beautiful setting of the medieval text. For the most part in two parts, it divides into three at the end. Highly recommended!