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        Title Description Composer Voicing

        Advance Australia Fair

        #MM0906

        The Australian National Anthem. Can also be sung with unison voices.

        Advance Australia Fair

        #MM 0906

        The Australian National Anthem. Can also be sung with unison voices.

        And Loud We Sing And Long!

        #MM 0605

        This carol for Christmas manages to combine several opposing concepts. It mentions the traditional winter cold of Christmas and the summer heat which is part of the Australian Christmas experience. It also combines “scat” syllables in a style which is definitely Classical. This piece can be sung by any church or college ensemble which sings the standard repertoire of Christmas. Highly recommended!

        Andy’s gone with cattle

        #MM10112

        Combines the traditional music and text of the Australian folk song Andy’s Gone With Cattle with the American folk song He’s Gone Away. Would suit a high school choir.

        As Evening Shadows Fall

        #MM612

        A gem of an arrangement from Canadian Larry Nickel that your choir and congregation/audience will absolutely love.

        The recording is by the West Coast Mennonite choir conducted by Tony Funk.

        Ave Maria

        #MM610

        Birdsongs

        #MM 0803

        Birdsongs – Night Birds

        #MM 0802b

        A slow and highly atmospheric piece which notes the birds which “sing by day” but cry during the night.

        Birdsongs – The Seagull

        #MM 0802c

        A call to the fish to avoid the seagull who is looking for lunch! A highly energetic and likeable piece for young singers.

        Birdsongs – Wild Black Crows

        #MM 0802a

        With a vocal range of just a fifth, this song describes the crows who “fly away to where nobody knows”

        Black Children

        #MM 0901

        Suitable for elementary or high school use. The score is a blueprint which simply indicates basic material with which the choir can work. The choir and conductor are encouraged to make major decisions concerning their performance and the result is lots of fun!

        Black Swana

        #MM 0904

        From the Torres Strait Islands north of Australia’s Cape York comes a beautiful song which depicts the progress of the ship Black Swana as it glides across the sea. Only available within the collection of Island Songs.

        (The musical example is for mixed voices)

        Breakers

        #MM 0505

        “Dolphins” are the subject of this highly energetic and rhythmic piece.

        Bullocky-O

        #MM1010

        A rollicking piece for a good high school choir. Bullock teams were an important form of early transport for heavy loads in Australia and each one was driven by a “bullocky” – a pioneer of great character. Requires a skilled pianist.

        Ceduna

        #MM 0413

        This is the fourth title of Songs of Passage, the work which includes Ngana. “Ceduna” means “waterhole”. The music includes “boxes” of material for singers to work through as well as traditionally scored sections. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale.

        Christ the Lord is Risen Again

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        An energetic and exuberant paean on an Easter text by sixteenth century German writer, Michael Weisse. The music bowls along in changing meters from 4/4 to 7/8, 6/8 and 2/4. The choral parts are often in rhythmic unison or doubled by the keyboard, so the music is memorable and easy to sing by choirs of all abilities. There is a great balance between the asymmetry of the rhythm and the repetition of sections. The accompaniment lies “under the fingers” and is easily accessible to most church accompanists. This piece is suitable for any part of the Easter season, but particularly for Easter Sunday. Its dance like character also makes performance possible in choral programs outside religious services.This simple and vital anthem solves the problem of finding Easter music that is vibrant and energetic rather than grand and triumphant. If your choir likes John Rutter’s Easter music you may also like this piece, which makes references in the keyboard part to the well-loved hymn tune commonly sung to the same text.

        Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies

        #MM 1006

        An Australian interpretation of a traditional English folksong that is a good companion piece to Once I Had A Sweetheart.

        Coraparena

        #MM 0412

        Also from Songs of Passage, “coraparena” means “flat place”. The writing is easy to sing though it contains some chord clusters. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale.

        Crossing The Bar

        #MM 0604

        An evocative setting of Tennyson’s text. Suitable for high school, community and church choirs.

        Five Songs For Treble Choirs

        #MM 2105

        Pieces by Stephen Leek, Michael Knopf, Kent Farbach, Robert Davidson and Mary Mageau on Australian themes. Publication was sponsored by the Australian National Choral Association.

        Foolin’ A-Round

        #MM 1012

        A delightful set of rounds for students in lower primary grades and upwards. These can be interpreted in the traditional way but Chris suggests many contemporary possibilities for each round. This publication includes a licensing agreement for copying within a single institution.

        Gloria In Excelsis

        #MM 1008

        An energetic rhythmic Gloria with alternative texts for Christmas and general use.

        Good Christian Folk, Rejoice

        #MM 0602b

        Uses the traditional text in a new and exciting setting for four-part chorus. Brass parts are available from the distributor.

        Goolay-Yali

        #MM 0910

        The third and final piece in Ancient Cries, this “pelican dance” has caught the imagination of young and adult treble choirs the world over. Wonderfully rhythmic with stunning climaxes and interesting vocal sounds. It is also not very difficult. A “must perform.”

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

        Great Southern Spritis

        #MM 2002

        Ground Zero

        #MM 1501

        Stanhope’s piece was written 1999. The text by Michael Dransfield, partly autobiographical, explores personal change and the inevitability of things being forgotten. Aimed at a top treble choir (children or women) although the individual parts themselves are not difficult.

        Hodie Christus Natus Est

        #MM 1601

        A lively rhythmic Hodie in a mild twentieth-century style. Would suit high school college or church choirs in Christmas presentations or carol services.

        Hombres, Victoria, Victoria (from Three Motets after Victoria)

        #MM2034(c)

        The third of Joseph Twist’s “Victoria Triptch”. Suitable for concert use, and liturgically especially at Christmas.

        Victory, mankind! Because against all of hell, The crying of a tender child ensures our glory.

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

         

        Hush: on the Death of a Bush Church

        #MM2062

        This secular piece laments the loss caused to both western and indigenous cultures when white miners arrive to mine for gold.

        Hush: On The Death Of A Bush Church

        #MM 2062

        This secular piece laments the loss caused to both western and indigenous cultures when white miners arrive to mine for gold.

        Into The Darkness

        #MM 0416

        The five songs of this suite are the perfect simple introduction to modern techniques of vocal writing for high school, college or community choir. The work constitutes a gradual progression from the cicada chorus of late afternoon through the gathering darkness to a night fishing excursion and finally sleep. The score is presented in easy-to-read manuscript.

        Island Songs

        #MM 0811 (treble)/ MM0409 (SATB)

        Three songs from the Torres Strait Islands to the north of Australia. Comprises Monkey and Turtle, Trade Winds and Morning Tide. Good for use in classrooms or with choirs at elementary or high school level.

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

        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)

        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!

        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 use, when used liturgically it is most suitable for Christmas. Victory! because against all of hell the crying of a tender child ensures our glory (trans. Miguel Iglesias)

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

        Leave her Johnny

        #MM1002

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

        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.