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Choral works or song arrangements about specific towns

I am looking for choral works about specific towns, especially the composer's own town of origin or residence. Song arrangement are also good. For instance, "Sidewalks of New York" would fit the bill, and "Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen," but I wonder if anyone out there knows any longer pieces in a more classical style. Thanks.
on July 3, 2014 5:38pm
"An Oxford Elegy" by Vaughan Williams comes immediately to mind, though it was not his home.
on July 3, 2014 7:00pm
Ok, for starters:
"Chicago, My Kind of Town" -- sung by Frank Sinatra...
"99 Miles From L.A." -- by Art Garfunkel...
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" -- by Tony Bennett... (arr. by Quincy jones)
"By the Time I Get to Phoenix" -- ???
"Denver" -- Gatlin Bros...
"El Paso" -- Marty Robbins...
 
Ron Isaacson
Germantown MD
on July 4, 2014 8:04am
"Song for the Mira" by Allister MacGilliviray is a beautiful choral piece...my students sang it a few years ago and everyone wanted to visit there!  FYI..   Mira is pronounced MYRA.  Not difficult and really tells the story of a wonderful place.  We even looked it up on the map!!  
on July 5, 2014 4:24am
I have a piece for called Frontiers for mixed chorus, speaker(s) and piano that was commissioned and recently premiered by the Southern Berkshire Regional High School Chorus (Sheffield, Mass.)  Unfortunately, the town name appears only in the title of the poem but not the music.  The poem was written by a Sheffield resident, is about Sheffield, and was premiered by the (Sheffield High School Chorus).  I, too, lived in Sheffield for nine years.  The music speaks about the challenges our forefathers faced and the challenges of the living.
 
Steve Murray
on July 5, 2014 8:58am
"April In Paris"--Duke/Harburg
"Autumn In New York"--Duke
"Route 66"--Troup
"Walkin' In N.Y."--Brenda Russell
on July 6, 2014 8:48am
Wien, Wien, nur du allein (Vienna, City of My Dreams)  Rudolf Sieczynski 
Street Cries of London Thomas Morley
A Foggy Day in London Town George and Ira Gershwin
How are things in Glocca Mora (Finian's Rainbow) Burton Lane and E. Y. Harburg
Gary, Indiana (The Music Man) Meredfith Wilson
Wonderful Wonderful Copenghagen (Hans Christian Andersen) Frank Loesser
New York, New York (On the Town) Bernstein
New York, New York Kander and Ebb
New York State of Mind Billy Joel
Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis (Meet Me in St. Louis) Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
 
 
on July 6, 2014 4:30pm
There is a really funny and well written jazzy piece by William Schuman called Singaling as part of a suite called Esses- a short suite for singers on words beginning with 's'.  In this case, it is all towns starting with the letter 's'. It opens with Saratoga, Seattle, Savannah, Susuehanna, Sebago, Sierra.....
The work is maybe 3 minutes. Singers and audiences love it. The Gregg Smith Singers did it a while back.
 
on July 7, 2014 5:47am
I have a transcription of "Capernaum" by Tannahill Weavers that's pretty stunning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvhYdOG0Sms We take it a little slower than this to really sink into the gorgeous chords. Let me know if you're interested and I can get you the music.
 
Sing on!
Cairril
on July 7, 2014 7:15am
Do you know Jane Ramseyer Miller's terrific arrangement of Peter Berryman's Minnesota Chapsticks, a rollicking list of specific cities and towns in Minnesota?  An feast of articulation for any choir, with a great moment where the songwriter mischievously slipped in "Lake Wobegon").
 
on July 7, 2014 11:55am
Hello,

I don't know if you could use songs about states!  If so, please consider COLORADO:
Thanks-
Henry Mollicone
on July 9, 2014 11:26am
Dear Nathaniel,
 
Please consider my song "Gloucester, Always Gloucester," about America's oldest seaport; it's located in Massachusetts, and has been my summer home for over 40 years. You can listen to this song on my website, www.AmericasSongwriter.com. It is the fifth song on the "More Songs" page of my website. For a video performance of this song, in Gloucester this past November, please visit my You Tube channel, Hank Fellows USA. The SATB arrangement of this song, as heard in the video, is available to you without charge.
 
Sincerely,
Hank Fellows
on July 16, 2014 3:18am
folksongs from the British Isles often have a town name
 
eg
 
Bailiff's Daughter of Islington
 
Molly Malone (In Dublin's fair city)
 
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
 
etc
 
on July 17, 2014 6:55am
There is a 3-part arrangement of the upbeat finale, "That's My Town! [Unique New York]", from my TING TWUSTERS: TEN TONGUE-NUMBING ARRANGEMENTS. You can hear the solo version at
 
 
Let me know if you'd like a copy.
on July 17, 2014 7:17am
How could anyone forget "Big D" about Dallas?  By Frank Loesser, from Most Happy Fella.  It mentions several of the lesser Texas cities as well.
 
There's "New San Antonio Rose" as recorded by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, about the 2nd best place in Texas.
 
Not exactly in the classical style, but how could you sing about cities and not include something about Texas?
on July 17, 2014 9:40am
Hi Nathaniel,
 
I grew up in Manchester, Vermont, and composed "The Elm At The Crossroads" about the town. It's a setting of a poem by Walter Hard, a Manchester poet writing in the first decades of the twentieth century (he was the runner up for the Pulitzer Prize and lost to Robert Frost), memorializing a beautiful large oak tree that was cut down to build a traffic roundabout. You can hear the piece here:
 
 
Please email me <jeffrey.bernstein(a)post.harvard.edu> if you're interested and I'll send you the score.
 
Best regards,
 
Jeffrey Bernstein
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