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Items by James Johnson

Results: 159
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PDF Document: To his Coy Mistress, Andrew Marvell/James Johnson SATB 5:10
PDF Document: The Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Christopher Smart/James Johnson
PDF Document: Hodie,Christus Natus Est - Antiphon to the Magnificat for Christmas Day, James Johnson
PDF Document: The Sun on Easter Day, SATB & Organ, Norma Farber/James Johnson
Announcement: Londonderry Air, "O Danny Boy" Tenor Solo, SATB, strings (violin and viola soli within), two flutes, bass clarinet
This work was begun in 2007, and then set aside, but recently I reorganized and completed it. The poem's first verse is presented by the soloist, followed by a variation of the melody vocalized without text, and finally the tenor is joined by the chorus for the second verse. Several instrumental i...
PDF Document: Welcome All Wonders - SATB & organ, Richard Crashaw/James Johnson
PDF Document: Magnificat in A, SATB divisi & organ
Comment: Re: SATB French Repertoire?
Or you could offer them some really good music: Debussy's Trois Chansons, Hindemith's Six Chansons on Original French Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke.   Elsewhere, you might search online for four-part settings of songs made famous by Edith Piaf.  
PDF Document: The Windhover TTBB & organ, Gerard Manley Hopkins/James Johnson
PDF Document: Peace SSAA Henry Vaughan/James Johnson
PDF Document: Trees SATB, Joyce Kilmer/James Johnson
PDF Document: Magnificat in A, SATB divisi & organ pp 20-31
PDF Document: Magnificat in A, SATB divisi & organ pp 10-21
PDF Document: Magnificat in A, SATB divisi & organ pp 1-11
PDF Document: Kubla Khan SATB, S.T.Coleridge/James Johnson
PDF Document: Dover Beach SSAATTBB, Matthew Arnold/James Johnson
PDF Document: I Hear America Singing, Walt Whitman/James Johnson
PDF Document: The Road Not Taken SATB, Robert Frost/James Johnson
PDF Document: The Road Not Taken SATB, Robert Frost/James Johnson
Comment: Re: Raucous drinking and sailor songs for men's voices
Mr. Lew,   An excellent source for further research is "Shanties of the Seven Seas" by Stan Hugill, a sailor who collected hundreds of them over the years.  They are offered  as unison tunes with lyrics, but from there you can certainly research harmonized arrangments. Available for $19.95 fr...
Comment: Re: a cappella patriotic music?
"Chester" for sure- I had the audience sing it as part of a July 4 organ concert at St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean VA some years ago.    You might be interested in my SATB setting of the famous poem "In FLanders Fields" by Lt. Col. John McCrea (1872-1918) who was himself killed in W W I. Abou...
Announcement: THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, Christopher Smart/James Johnson
Full title: THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST by the eccentric English poet Christopher Smart (1722-1771); SSAATTBB, 2:20, in an animated homophonic style, only moderately difficult.   Smart's Latin poem Jubilate Agno was used in English translation as the text of Britten's magn...
Announcement: AFTER APPLE-PICKING, TBB, Robert Frost/James Johnson
This rustic early poem (1914) is in the public domain. I've set it for three men's voices, hoping to reflect the poet's increasingly sleepy mood after a long day in the orchard. TBB, 5:00, not difficult.    All my works are written in Sibelius, so professional copies are available in PDF or har...
Announcement: TO HIS COY MISTRESS, SATB, Andrew Marvell/James Johnson
Andrew Marvell's (1621-1678) famous seduction poem is full of saucy humor, and also reflections on human mortality. My SATB setting, 5:10, is moderately difficult, somewhat following the mostly homophonic style of English madrigals, and briskly paced in its opening and closing sections.   All ...
Announcement: SAILING TO BYZANTIUM (1928) SSAATTBB a cappella 6:30
With the kind permission of A P Watt Ltd at United Agents, UK, on behalf of Caitriona Yeats, I have  set to music what is perhaps the most famous poem of William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). The use of eight parts allows seamless transitions from higher to lower ranges or vice versa, and the full ...
Comment: Re: Walt Whitman Settings?
I've composed a setting of "I Hear America Singing," (4:50), SATB and organ and solo clarinet, OR SATB and piano, clarinet and cello (without a good 16' bass line in the organ the cello is needed if piano is used instead, but one could do without). A skilled smaller chorus can do an excellent perf...
Comment: Re: What major (or 20 minute +) choral work would make a great end of our 25th year celebration?
Several of Purcell's works would be appropriate, though I cannot offhand remember lengths. Browse: Come, Ye Sons of Art, Te Deum, Jubilate Deo, Ode on St. Cecilia's Day, Ode on Queen Mary's Birthday, more and more.
Announcement: THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Robert Frost, SATB a cappella 2:45
The Road Not Taken (1916) may be Frost's most famous poem, and has certainly been set to music previously. Since I have not heard other settings, I've been able to approach the text without any preconceived musical impressions. The writing is homophonic and not especially difficult, using frequen...
Announcement: DOVER BEACH by Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) SSAATTBB a cappella
Composing a setting of this famous poem, written around 1851 and published in 1867, has long been one of my objectives. This work needs a fairly large chorus of singers with excellent overall intonation, and the second basses comfortable with low E, but is otherwise only moderately challenging. ...
Announcement: KUBLA KHAN by Samuel Taylor Coleridge SATB 6:40
This famous poem is among the most exotic in all of English literature. Coleridge (1772-1834) became addicted to opium, and the fantastic visions he experienced are depicted in Kubla Khan. I have tried to reflect these many moods in their abrupt changes and clashing emotions. Animato, difficul...
Comment: Re: Randall Thompson non-Frostiana?
Mr. Spencer, Certainly I am the grouch in this discussion, because I do not find Thompson's Frostiana worth a second glance, nor, I must confess, most any of his music. Some years ago I began to rewrite Frostiana with the intent of making the vocal lines more genuinely reflective of the phrases of...
Announcement: THE PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS, SATB a cappella, 2:50
This famous poem has been set to music many times. It first appeared in a French pubication, La Clochette, in 1912, and was probably written by Fr. Esther Bouquerel. In the United States it first appeared in English in a Quaker publication in 1927.  SATB a cappella, moderately easy, 2:50.   A...
Announcement: THE HAUNTED PALACE (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe, SATB a cappella, 6:10
This poem is typical of Poe's many fantastic writings full of horror and evil. Its six stanzas tell the story of a richly appointed castle presided over by a benign king and sited in a utopian valley, which is invaded and doomed by evil spirits. SATB a cappella, 6:10, moderately difficult.   A...
Comment: Re: Texts to inaugurate a new auditorium
Excellent! Like every word that Joseph Addison ever put to page.
Comment: Re: Two Debussy "Yver" questions
Your second image is from the original Durand edition, 1908-1910. I have copies of all three songs, and my choral groups performed from them some years ago. (A very respectable recording has survived from a concert in Cambridge MA in 1979). I'm sure the D# is correct.
Comment: Re: Best Music Notation software for SATB that's not over the top?
i have used Sibelius for over 13 years. It's simply the best. But they sold themseves to profiteers and no longer provide online advice. BUT you can find almost anything you need by Googling for Sibelius users' free support - help comes in from all over the place. I bought a Mac G4 Powerbook, 17"...
Comment: Re: The Silver Swan - Orlando Gibbons
You might have a discussion about Giibbons' moment in English history, his contemporaries the Metaphysical poets, his contemporary composers, the overall cultural richness of the Elizabethan period, etc., not forgetting to point out that many historians of Western music consider him among the han...
Comment: Re: Beautiful but simple Renaissance Piece
I recently transcribed into modern notation a beautiful short (1:10) piece by Thomas Campion 1567-1620:  Author of Light (text and music). It's available without cost by email: PDF of score plus mp3 of Sibelius audio. Although dated in the early 17th C., this piece would not have been considered...
Announcement: Author of Light (c.1613) SATB, poem and music by Thomas Campion
From Thomas Campion's (1567-1620) Two Bookes of Ayres, I have simply written this lovely brief piece (1:10) into familiar modern notation, including keyboard part for rehearsal. Though intended for solo voices, the piece works wonderfully for a full chorus, and is not especially difficult. I'm ...
Announcement: "When I behold the heav'ns as in their prime" (1650) SATB 4:25
This poem appears in a collection titled Contemplations (1650) by Anne Bradstreet c.1612-1672, who sailed from England to Massachusetts with John Winthrop's  fleet in 1630. Following the catastrophe at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT on December 14, 2012, I searched for an appropriate ...
Comment: Re: Question about a boys/men's anthem for church
There are plenty of simpler anthems that these resources could work on and combine successfully just before performance.  Choose mostly homophonic textures. Farrant - "Lord, for Thy tender mercies' sake" comes to mind immediately.   But my bigger suggestion is the learning method: use Sibelius...
Comment: Re: A Cappella SSA Rep Suggestions for freshmen/sophomore girls
Hello, May I suggest my setting of Norma Farber's whimsical poem, "How they brought the good news by sea," SA divisi, about 2:00. First sung by the Radcliffe Choral Society under Beverly Taylor in 1983, then put of one of their CDs; then sung dozens of times by the girls choirs of my important Dan...
Announcement: "In Flanders Fields" SATB, 2:30
A simple setting of Lt. John McRea's famous poem, SATB in C, 2:30, with keyboard part provided for rehearsal.    All my works are written in Sibelius, so fully professional scores are available in PDF or hard copy. Inquire for more information, and please have a look at the list of works on m...
Comment: Re: German cantata, motet, or major work - need suggestion
Have a look at the Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi by Heinrich Schütz - SATB (not very difficult), soloists and a few strings and winds (which can be reduced to keyboard without much loss of effect). Long in the public domain of course - I have the Barenreiter edition # 1709, from l975. Gorgeous...
Comment: Re: Men's Chorus Repertoire
Mr. Parsley: See the many useful replies to my own Forum inquiry for male chorus repertoire a week or so ago. James Johnson
Comment: Re: MUSIC FOR MALE CHOIRS
Mr. Boyd, Thanks very much for the lead. However, the selected window will not open on your site (I get error 404). WOULD like to see this. James Johnson
Forum message: MUSIC FOR MALE CHOIRS
I'll appreciate any suggestions, anthologies etc., for concert repertoire (all levels of difficulty) for male choirs, TTB, TTBB, or five part. Some sacred welcome, but mostly want secular repertoire from all periods. Have already found available scores by the Comedian Harmonists. (A great movie ab...
Comment: Re: Unaccompanied music for inauguration or academic subject
In 2012 I composed an SATB a cappella (5:00 - moderately difficult) setting of Stephen Spender's poem "I think continually on those who were truly great," with the written permission of the Estate of Stephen Spender in England. The style is basically traditional - harmonic and melodic. The work ha...
Comment: Re: What, if anything, can be programmed with "Carmina Burana"
Stravinsky, indeed, had an unwholesome flirtation with facism. In a 1930 letter he wrote: "I don't believe that anyone venerates Mussolini more than I do."  At this time Mussolini had significantly improved the condition of the Italian economy. As has been famously noted: the trains ran on time. ...
Comment: Re: What, if anything, can be programmed with "Carmina Burana"
Thanks to Jerome Hoberman for recalling the history of this work, which, after first being condemned by the Nazis, soon became a pillar of their cultural propaganda (who care what it means if the masses like it ?!?!).  Rather than ask what might accompany it on a concert program, why not simply de...