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        Genre: Sacred Choral Pieces

        Title Description Composer Voicing

        St Stephen’s Mass

        #MM607

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

        Ave Maria

        #MM610

        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.

        When Morning Gilds the Skies

        #MM613

        A gorgeous arrangement from Canadian Larry Nickel that transforms this traditional hymn into a more contemporary anthem of praise.

        The recording is of the West Coast Mennonite Choir, directed by Tony Funk.

        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.

         

        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.

        Versa est in Luctum (from Three Motets after Victoria)

        #MM2034(a)

        Number one of Twist’s “Victoria Triptych”. My harp is tuned for lamentation, and my flute to the voice of those who weep. Spare me, O Lord, for my days are as nothing (trans. Miguel Iglesias)

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

        Three Motets after Victoria

        #MM2034

        This “Victoria Triptych” was written in 2011, the 400th anniversary of the death of the great Spanish polyphonist, Thomas Luis de Victoria. For unaccompanied SATB choir, and with divided parts, these wonderful Latin motets remind us that the great motet tradition is still vibrant and flourishing. The individual titles, recorded by the choir of St James King Street, Sydney, one of three commissioning choirs, are:

        Versa est in Luctum

        Lamentation of Jeremiah

        Hombres, Victoria, Victoria!

        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.

        Voice Of The River

        #MM 2041

        Orlovich has a keen ear for the way different texts resonate with each other. This piece uses the traditional Latin text Dulcis Jesu Memoria and Victor Carrell’s Voice of the River which draws on a series of images which address “love” as it is found in some of its myriad manifestations. Commissioned by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Chorale and suitable for a good high school or college choir. It could also be used in church situations as an anthem.

        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.

        Lux Aeterna

        #MM 2060

        Though written in an advanced idiom, this work was commissioned and first performed by Graeme Morton’s St Peters Choral, 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”.

        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!

        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.

        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.

        Crossing The Bar

        #MM 0604

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

        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!

        We Welcome Summer

        #MM 0410

        A wonderful piece which welcomes “the glorious blessing of light” asking us to “pour out our darkness into the glorious forgiving light”. Would suit a good college or church choir. It could also be used as an Epiphany anthem with a difference, since Epiphany appears in the middle of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.