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WW I & WW II repertoire for choirs

I am searching for choral arrangements of songs associated with WW I and WW II.  Specifically, songs that either veterans or veterans families would identify with the era.  Could anyone point me in a productive direction on such a search?
 
Dr. Garry Froese
on July 20, 2012 10:10am
Hi, Garry -- not quite what you're searching for, but I have a piece for SATB and piano that sets texts about or associated with the Armistice that ended WWI. It's been very well received in performances by professional-level chamber choirs and HS choirs, performed at sites such as Walter Reed Hospital.
 
Complete info, including score sample PDF and performance MP3, available at:
 
 
All best!
 
Jonathan Santore
 
on July 20, 2012 1:41pm
The Columbus Women's Chorus (www.cwchorus.org) in Ohio recorded a CD Notes of Courage, based on music of World War 2 - including US songs such as Rosie the Riveter, Minnie's in the Money, Without our Wings (and others); marvelous choral arrangements of classical music, written by and for women in internment camps in S E Asia; and music from Europe.  The arrangements are for women's voices, but if pieces for women's voices are of interest then I suggest you contact CWC for a copy of the CD.  
 
Best wishes
 
Sheena Phillips (former Artistic Co-Director of CWC)
on July 21, 2012 5:31am
Hello, Garry --
 
If you're open to considering settings of WWI poetry (it's not a WWI tune), I have a piece called "A Strange Sweetness," which sets Wilfred Owen's stunning poem "Has your soul sipped".  It was commissioned and premiered by the Whitman College Chamber Singers (Jeremy Mims, cond.), and has since been performed again by ChoralNet's own Allen Simon and his group, Soli Deo Gloria.
 
I'd be happy to send you a perusal score; you can either contact me through ChoralNet or by emailing joseph(a)josephgregoriomusic.com.
 
Thanks for reading, and for your consideration!
All the best,
Joseph Gregorio
on July 21, 2012 6:30am
I've set some things  - "Midnight" "When the War is Over" and "My Songs Shall Rise" - all are settings of poems by the great Irish poet Francis Ledwidge who died in 1917 in Belgium - wonderful texts...
on August 3, 2012 4:11pm
Hello Garry -
I commissioned an SATB medley of WWI soldier songs from composer Robert Giracello.  Good humored and lots of fun.  Piano accompaniment.  The songs were:
Oh, how I hate to get up in the morning
Wee, wee, Marie
Oh, It's a Lovely War
Over There
 
You can contact him directly at: c7music1(a)yahoo.com
 
Robert is really great to work with and knows this repertoire well -- I've also done an a cappella Civil War medley he arranged for us.  If you want to commission a similar WWII medley or any particular song, he might well be interested.
 
Best --
Ruth Charloff
UCR Chamber Singers
University of California, Riverside
 
on August 4, 2012 3:19am
Good morning!
I have had lots of success with Hawley Ades' medlies of the decades. There are accompaniment packs as well, if you have a band available. 
 
   00's and 10's: Smiles
   20's: Twentiana
   30's: Get Happy
   40's: A Sentimemtal Journey Through the Forties
 
These are all challenging arrangements, both rhythmically (lots of syncopation) and harmonically, and it is often difficult to tell which notes are S2 and which are A1, but I have done them several times with my community choruses, and they are always a huge hit with our audiences.
 
Best of luck!
 
-Scott
 
on August 5, 2012 10:38am
My community chorus is doing Linda Spevacek's arrangement of I'll Be Seeing You this evening at our concert in the park. It was a #1 recording for Bing Crosby and as I understand, became very meaningful to those serving overseas in WWII.
 
Jim Davis
on August 9, 2012 12:09am
I have an arrangement of "The White Cliffs of Dover" (a classic WWII song in the UK, not sure about Canada/USA?) scored for SSATB
 
score sample online at 
 
 
Paul Ayres
on August 9, 2012 7:27am
I have these arrangements from WWII era:

- Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
- We'll Meet Again

Please contact me for more information or visit my website: http://www.mcguire-music.com

- Kathleen McGuire

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